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Distrinet: a Mininet Implementation for the Cloud

Giuseppe Di Lena 1, 2 Andrea Tomassilli 3 Damien Saucez 1 Frédéric Giroire 3 Thierry Turletti 1 Chidung Lac 2
1 DIANA - Design, Implementation and Analysis of Networking Architectures
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
3 COATI - Combinatorics, Optimization and Algorithms for Telecommunications
Laboratoire I3S - COMRED - COMmunications, Réseaux, systèmes Embarqués et Distribués, CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
Abstract : Networks have become complex systems that combine various concepts, techniques, and technologies. As a consequence , modelling or simulating them now is extremely complicated and researchers massively resort to prototyping techniques. Mininet is the most popular tool when it comes to evaluate SDN propositions. Mininet allows to emulate SDN networks on a single computer but shows its limitations with resource intensive experiments as the emulating host may become overloaded. To tackle this issue, we propose Distrinet, a distributed implementation of Mininet over multiple hosts, based on LXD/LXC, Ansible, and VXLAN tunnels. Distrinet uses the same API than Mininet, meaning that it is compatible with Mininet programs. It is generic and can deploy experiments on Linux clusters (e.g., Grid'5000), as well as on the Amazon EC2 cloud platform.
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Giuseppe Di Lena, Andrea Tomassilli, Damien Saucez, Frédéric Giroire, Thierry Turletti, et al.. Distrinet: a Mininet Implementation for the Cloud. Computer Communication Review, Association for Computing Machinery, In press. ⟨hal-03000617⟩

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