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2017 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS) (2017)
Paris, France
Dec 5, 2017 to Dec 8, 2017
ISSN: 2576-3172
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1415-0
pp: 231-242
Real-time systems (RTS) require end-to-end delay guarantees for the delivery of network packets. In this paper, we propose a framework to reduce the management and integration overheads for such real-time (RT) network flows by leveraging the capabilities of software-defined networking (SDN) - capabilities that include global visibility and management of the network. Given the specifications of flows that must meet hard real-time requirements, our framework synthesizes paths through the network. To guarantee that these flows meet both, their bandwidth and end-to-end timing requirements, our framework solves a multi-constraint optimization problem using a heuristic algorithm. We use exhaustive emulations and experiments on hardware switches to demonstrate our techniques and feasibility of our approach. As a result of this work, SDNs become “delay-aware” and thus can be adapted for use in safety-critical and other delay-sensitive applications.
computer network management, delays, optimisation, software defined networking

R. Kumar et al., "End-to-End Network Delay Guarantees for Real-Time Systems Using SDN," 2017 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), Paris, France, 2018, pp. 231-242.
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