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A Control Architecture for Lightweight Virtual Networks

IFIP Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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As an IP network is supportable over multiple different layer 2 networks, so a virtual network is supportable over multiple different resource allocation mechanisms. This fact is obscured in the literature as the goal - the privileging of certain user traffic by segregating it from other traffic - is tightly bound with the means of achieving it - e.g., the differentiation of traffic at routers based on the bits in the type of service field of the IP packet. We propose an IP control plane capable of supporting the dynamic creation of lightweight virtual networks and requiring minimal support from network devices. The latter is achieved by minimizing what is required from network elements, while taking advantage of what is available.Full Text at Springer, may require registration or fee

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