Software-Defined Networking

Extending SDN Control to Large-Scale Networks

Volume 2 - New Generation Networks SET by Abdelhamid Mellouk

Software-Defined Networking

Fetia Bannour, ENSIIE, France
Sami Souihi, Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France
Abdelhamid Mellouk, University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), France

ISBN : 9781786308498

Publication Date : November 2022

Hardcover 170 pp

165.00 USD



This book reviews the concept of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) by studying the SDN architecture. It provides a detailed analysis of state-of-the-art distributed SDN controller platforms by assessing their advantages and drawbacks and classifying them in novel ways according to various criteria.

Additionally, a thorough examination of the major challenges of existing distributed SDN controllers is provided along with insights into emerging and future trends in that area. Decentralization challenges in large-scale networks are tackled using three novel approaches, applied to the SDN control plane presented in the book. The first approach addresses the SDN controller placement optimization problem in large-scale IoT-like networks by proposing novel scalability and reliability aware controller placement strategies. The second and third approaches tackle the knowledge sharing problem between the distributed controllers by suggesting adaptive multilevel consistency models following the concept of continuous Quorum-based consistency. These approaches have been validated using different SDN applications, developed from real-world SDN controllers.


1. Toward a Decentralized SDN Control Architecture: Overviewand Taxonomy.
2. Decentralized SDN Control: Major Open Challenges.
3. Scalability and Reliability Aware SDN Controller Placement Strategies.
4. Adaptive and Continuous Consistency for Distributed SDN Controllers: Anti-Entropy Reconciliation Mechanism.
5. Adaptive and Continuous Consistency for Distributed SDN Controllers: Quorum-Based Replication.

About the authors/editors

Fetia Bannour is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at ENSIIE and SAMOVAR, France. She earned her PhD in Computer Networks from the University of Paris-Est. Her research interests include the control/management of SDN and NFV-based future networks.

Sami Souihi is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the N&T Department and the LiSSi-TincNET research team (Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC)), France. His research work focuses on adaptive mechanisms in large-scale dynamic systems, among others.

Abdelhamid Mellouk is currently the Director of IT4H High School Engineering Department, a Full Professor at the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) and Head of UPEC-LiSSi-TincNET research team, France. He is the founder of the Network Control Research and Curricula activities in UPEC, the current co President of the French Deep Tech Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Systematic Hub, member of the High Scientific Research and Technology National Council (DZ-CNRST) and associate editor in several top ranking scientific journals.