On distributed virtual network embedding with guarantees
Di Paola, Donato
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CitationEsposito, Flavio; Di Paola, Donato; Matta, Ibrahim. "On distributed virtual network embedding with guarantees" Technical Report BU-CS-TR 2014-001, Computer Science Department, Boston University, January 10, 2014. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/20810]
To provide wide-area network services, resources from different infrastructure providers are needed. Leveraging the consensus-based resource allocation literature, we propose a general distributed auction mechanism for the (NP-hard) virtual network (VNET) embedding problem. Under reasonable assumptions on the bidding scheme, the proposed mechanism is proven to converge, and it is shown that the solutions guarantee a worst case efficiency of (?????) relative to the optimal solution, and that this bound is optimal, that is, no better approximation exists. Using extensive simulations, we confirm superior convergence properties and resource utilization when compared with existing distributed VNET embedding solutions, and we show how byappropriate policy design, our mechanism can be instantiated to accommodate the embedding goals of different service and infrastructure providers, resulting in an attractive and flexible resource allocation solution.