A recursive approach to network management
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Citation (published version)Wang, Yuefeng; Matta, Ibrahim. A Recursive Approach to Network Management. Technical Report BU-CS-TR 2015-014, Computer Science Department, Boston University, December 14, 2015.
Nowadays there is an increasing need for a general management paradigm which can simplify network management and further enable network innovations. In this paper, in response to limitations of current Software Defined Networking (SDN) management solutions, we propose a recursive approach to enterprise network management, where network management is done through managing various Virtual Transport Networks (VTNs). Different from the traditional virtual network model which mainly focuses on routing/tunneling, our VTN provides communication service with explicit Quality-of-Service (QoS) support for applications via transport flows, and it involves all mechanisms (e:g:, routing, addressing, error and flow control, resource allocation) needed to support such transport flows. Based on this approach, we design and implement a management layer, which recurses the same VTN-based management mechanism for enterprise network management. Comparing with an SDN-based management approach, our experimental results show that our management layer achieves better network performance.