Software Defined Networking Meets Information Centric Networking: A Survey


Information centric networking (ICN) and software-defined networking (SDN) are two emerging networking paradigms that promise to solve different aspects of networking problems. ICN is a clean-slate design for accommodating the ever increasing growth of the Internet traffic by regarding content as the network primitive, adopting in-network caching, and name-based routing, while SDN focuses on agile and flexible network management by decoupling network control logic from data forwarding. ICN and SDN have gained significant research attention separately in the most of the previous work. However, the features of ICN have profound impacts on the design and operation of SDN, such as in-network caching and data-centric security. Conversely, SDN provides a powerful tool for experimenting and deploying ICN architectures and can greatly facilitate ICN functionality and management. In this paper, we point out the necessity of surveying the scattered works on integrating SDN and ICN (SD-ICN) for improving operational networks. Specifically, we analyze the points of SD-ICN strengths and opportunities, and discuss the SDN enablers for deploying ICN architectures. In addition, we review and classify the recent work on improving the network management by SD-ICN and discuss the potential security benefits of SD-ICN. Finally, a number of open issues and future trends are highlighted.


Computer Science

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Intelligent Systems Center

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Center for High Performance Computing Research


This work was supported in part by the Major International (Regional) Joint Research Project of NSFC under Grant 71620107003, in part by the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of China under Grant 71325002, in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 61572123, in part by the Program for Liaoning Innovative Research Term in University under Grant LT2016007, and in part by the MoE and China Mobile Joint Research Fund under Grant MCM20160201.

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Computer architecture; Computer software; Information management; Internet; Network architecture; Network management; Network routing; Software defined networking; Surveys; Data dissemination; Future internet architecture; IP networks; Routing; SD-ICN; Security; Network security; ICN; SDN

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Publication Date

01 Jul 2018