Poster-Paper accepted: Unique Prefix vs. Unique Mask for Minimizing SDN Flows with Transparent Edge Access

23rd International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing (CCGrid 2023) Bangalore, India
Authors: Josef Hammer and Hermann Hellwagner (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Abstract: Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) is a central piece of 5G telecommunication systems and is essential to satisfy the challenging low-latency demands of future applications. MEC provides a cloud computing platform at the edge of the radio access network that developers can utilize for their applications. Our previous publications argue that edge computing should be transparent to clients. We introduced an efficient solution to implement such a transparent approach, leveraging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtual IP+port addresses for registered edge services. In this work, we introduce the Unique Mask, a solution superior to the Unique Prefix presented in our previous work that considerably reduces the number of required flows in the switches. Our evaluations show that both algorithms perform very well, with the Unique Mask capable of reducing the number of flows by up to 98 %.