Optimal and dynamic virtual datacenter provisioning over metro-embedded datacenters with holistic SDN orchestration

Xiaoyuan Cao*, Ion Popescu, Gang Chen, Hongxiang Guo, Noboru Yoshikane, Takehiro Tsuritani, Jian Wu, Itsuro Morita

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Conventional mega datacenter (DC) lacks flexibility and has poor service connectivity for users faraway. Therefore, the metro-embeded DC architecture has been introduced to deliver more reliable and flexible services with less access latency. For fine-grained all-optical switching ability and high bandwidth connection, optical burst switching (OBS) ring is deployed inside the micro-DCs (mDC) and OBS over wavelength switched optical network paradigm is used for inter-mDC communication. Meanwhile, hierarchical SDN control is employed to virtualize and holistically coordinate the distributed mDCs and the metro network slices into reconfigurable virtual DC (VDC). Optimal VDC provisioning based on an integer linear programming (ILP) formulation is also developed in the SDN control plane to provide services with minimum latency and traffic load. A dynamic VDC provisioning algorithm based on partial ILP is further proposed to reconfigure the VDC with reduced complexity considering the user and resource dynamics. Experimental demonstrations conducted on the implemented metro-embedded DC prototype testbed show that optimal and fast VDC provisioning is realized based on the proposed ILP, while dynamic VDC reconfiguration makes sure that VDC is adjusted accordingly with the change of user location and resource requirement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalOptical Switching and Networking
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Metro-embedded datacenter
  • Optical burst switching
  • Software-defined networking
  • Virtual datacenter provisioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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