Software-defined wireless mesh networks: architecture and traffic orchestration

SDN has been envisioned as the next generation network paradigm by decoupling control plane and data plane, such that network management and optimization can be conducted in a centralized manner using global network information. In this article, we study how to apply SDN concept to a wireless meshnetwork that has been widely adopted by various applications.

We first propose a novel architecture of SD-WMNs, and identify several critical challenges. Since wireless spectrum is a scarce resource that is shared by both data and control traffic in SD-WMNs, we propose three spectrum allocation and scheduling algorithms, namely FB-NS, NFB-NS, and NFB-S that orchestrate both control and data traffic. Finally, performance is evaluated via extensive simulations.

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