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LaScaDa: A Novel Scalable Topology for Data Center Network

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submitted on 2023-08-24, 09:40 and posted on 2023-09-20, 10:47 authored by Zina Chkirbene, Rachid Hadjidj, Sebti Foufou, Ridha Hamila

The growth of cloud-based services is mainly supported by the core networking infrastructures of large-scale data centers, while the scalability of these services is influenced by the performance and dependability characteristics of data centers. Hence, the data center network must be agile and reconfigurable in order to respond quickly to the ever-changing application demands and service requirements. The network must also be able to interconnect the big number of nodes, and provide an efficient and fault-tolerant routing service to upper-layer applications. In response to these challenges, the research community began exploring novel interconnect topologies, namely: Flecube, DCell, Ficonn, HyperFlaNet and BCube. However, these topologies either scale too fast (grows exponentially in size), or too slow, and therefore suffer from performance bottlenecks. In this paper, we propose a novel data center topology called LaScaDa (Layered Scalable Data Center) as a new solution for building scalable and cost-effective data center networking infrastructures. The proposed topology organizes nodes in clusters of similar structure, then interconnect these clusters in a well-crafted pattern and system of coordinates for nodes to reduce the number of redundant connections between clusters, while maximizing connectivity. LaScaDa forwards packets between nodes using a new hierarchical row-based routing algorithm. The algorithm constructs the route to the source based on the modular difference between the source and destination coordinates. Furthermore, the proposed topology interconnects a large number of nodes using a small node degree. This strategy increases the number of directly connected clusters and avoids redundant connections. As a result, we get a good quality of nodes in terms of average path length (APL), bisection bandwidth, and aggregated bottleneck throughput. Experimental results show that LaScaDa has better performance than DCell, BCube, and HyperBcube in terms of scalability, while providing a good quality of service.

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Published in: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
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  • 2020

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Engineering - QU
  • Qatar Armed Forces
  • Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College - QAF