Design and provisioning of optical wireless data center networks: A traffic grooming approach

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Traditional wired data center networks (DCNs) suffer from cabling complexity, lack flexibility, and are limited by the speed of digital switches. In this paper, we alternatively develop a top-down traffic grooming (TG) approach for design and provisioning of optical wireless DCNs. While switches are modeled as hybrid opto-electronic cross-connects, links are modeled as wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) capable free-space optic (FSO) channels. Using the standard TG terminology, we formulate the optimal mixed integer linear problem considering the virtual topology, flow conversation, connection topology, non-bifurcation, and capacity constraints. Thereafter, we develop a fast sub-optimal solution where mice flows (MFs) are groomed and forwarded on predetermined rack-to-rack (R2R) lightpaths. On the other hand, elephant flows (EFs) are forwarded over dedicated server-to-server (S2S) express lightpaths whose routes and capacity are dynamically determined based on wavelength and capacity availability. Emulation results show that proposed models and algorithms provide a significant throughput improvement upon traditional DCNs for both MFs and EFs.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781538617342
StatePublished - Jun 11 2018

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