Software-defined wireless mesh networks: Architecture and traffic orchestration

Huawei Huang, Peng Li, Song Guo, Weihua Zhuang

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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 mesh network 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7166187
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Network
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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