Title: Performance evaluation of packet reordering on concurrent multipath transmissions for transport virtualisation

Authors: Thomas Zinner, Phuoc Tran-Gia, Kurt Tutschku, Akihiro Nakao

Addresses: University of Wuerzburg, Institute of Computer Science, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg, Germany. ' University of Wuerzburg, Institute of Computer Science, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg, Germany. ' University of Vienna, Institute of Computer Science, Universitaetsstrasse 10/T11, 1090 Vienna, Austria. ' University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan; National Institute for Communication and Information Technology, 1-33-16, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0001, Japan

Abstract: From the viewpoint of communication networks virtualisation (NV) extends beyond pure operational issues and addresses many impasses of the current Internet. The idea of transport virtualisation (TV) progresses the capabilities of NV and enables the independence from a specific network transport resource. The independence is achieved by pooling multiple transport resources and selecting the best resources for exclusive or concurrent use. However, the application and selection of concurrent paths is rather complex and introduces inevitable packet reordering due to different stochastic delay characteristics on the used paths. Packets arriving at the destination out-of-order have to be stored in a resequencing buffer before reassembled packets are forwarded to the application. We provide a simulation framework based on discrete event simulation which allows an evaluation of the resequencing buffer occupancy. Further, we perform an analysis of the fundamental behaviours and factors for packet reordering in concurrent multipath transmissions.

Keywords: network virtualisation; transport virtualisation; discrete event simulation; performance evaluation; concurrent multipath transmission; resequencing buffers; packet reordering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2011.039538

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2011 Vol.6 No.3, pp.322 - 340

Available online: 07 Apr 2011

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