Paper accepted: C3-Edge – An Automated Mininet-Compatible SDN Testbed On Raspberry Pis and Nvidia Jetsons

36th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2023) Miami, USA
Authors: Josef Hammer, Dragi Kimovski, Narges Mehran, Radu Prodan, and Hermann Hellwagner (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Abstract: The challenging demands for the next generation of the Internet of Things have led to a massive increase in edge computing and network virtualization technologies. While there is vast potential for research in these areas, managing complex adaptive infrastructure is difficult, and experiments with real hardware are tedious to set up. Furthermore, proposed solutions often require expensive hardware or labor-intensive procedures to replicate and build on these ideas. With our C3-Edge testbed, we address these challenges and propose a novel approach for automated edge testbed setup with a low-cost software-defined network and adaptive infrastructure configuration. We validated the efficiency of our approach on a real-world computing continuum infrastructure. The evaluation results confirm that our flexible approach is suitable for all but the most bandwidth-intensive applications.