Ajeesh S, Betty Mary Jacob, Nisha Mohan P M
Abstract: In software-defined networks (SDNs), the controller collects the topology information from the data plane and maintains an abstract view of the entire network, which is crucial for the proper functioning of applications and network services. However, there is still the need for an enhanced protocol for automatic discovery and mechanisms of autoconfiguration of network elements according to new policies and business requirements. To overcome this challenge, this paper presents a novel protocol that, unlike existing approaches, enables a distributed layer-2 discovery without the need for previous network configurations or controller knowledge of the network. By using this mechanism, the SDN controller can discover the network view without incurring scalability issues, while taking advantage of the shortest control paths toward each switch.
Keywords: Network management, protocols, software-defined networks, topology discovery