Proof-of-balance: Game-theoretic consensus for controller load balancing of SDN

Siyi Liao*, Jun Wu, Jianhua Li, Ali Kashif Bashir

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Software Defined Networking (SDN) focus on the isolation of control plane and data plane, greatly enhancing the network's support for heterogeneity and flexibility. However, although the programmable network greatly improves the performance of all aspects of the network, flexible load balancing across controllers still challenges the current SDN architecture. Complex application scenarios lead to flexible and changeable communication requirements, making it difficult to guarantee the Quality of Service (QoS) for SDN users. To address this issue, this paper proposes a paradigm that uses blockchain to incentive safe load balancing for multiple controllers. We proposed a controller consortium blockchain for secure and efficient load balancing of multi-controllers, which includes a new cryptographic currency balance coin and a novel consensus mechanism Proof-of-Balance (PoB). In addition, we have designed a novel game theory-based incentive mechanism to incentive controllers with tight communication resources to offload tasks to idle controllers. The security analysis and performance simulation results indicate the superiority and effectiveness of the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2020 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages231-236
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728186955
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 IEEE INFOCOM Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2020 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2020 Jul 62020 Jul 9

Publication series

NameIEEE INFOCOM 2020 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE INFOCOM Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2020
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period20/7/620/7/9

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Game theory
  • Load balance
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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