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A comprehensive survey on software‐defined networking for smart communities

Chaudhary, Rajat; Aujla, Gagangeet Singh; Kumar, Neeraj; Chouhan, Pushpinder Kaur

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Rajat Chaudhary

Neeraj Kumar

Pushpinder Kaur Chouhan


The need to provide services closer to the end-user proximity leads to the exchange of a large volume of data generated from the smart devices deployed at different geo-distributed sites. The massive amount of data generated from the smart devices need to be transmitted, analyzed, and processed. This requires seamless data exchanges among geo-separated nodes, which results in a considerable burden on the underlying network infrastructure and can degrade the performance of any implemented solution. Therefore, a dynamic, agile, and programmable network management paradigm is required. To handle the challenges mentioned above, software-defined networking (SDN) gained much attention from academia, researchers, and industrial sectors. Shifting the computational load from forwarding devices to a logically centralized controller is a dream of every network operator who wants to have complete control and global visibility of the network. Also, the concept of network functions virtualization (NFV) in SDN controller is required to increase resource utilization efficiency. Thus, in this paper, a comprehensive survey on SDN for various smart applications is presented. This survey covers the infrastructural details of SDN hardware and OpenFlow switches, controllers, simulation tools, programming languages, open issues, and challenges in SDN implementation with advanced technologies such as 5G and microservices. In addition, the challenges on the control plane and data plane are highlighted in detail, such as fault tolerance, routing, scheduling of flows, and energy consumption on OpenFlow switches. Finally, various open issues and challenges future scope of SDN are discussed and analyzed in the proposal.


Chaudhary, R., Aujla, G. S., Kumar, N., & Chouhan, P. K. (in press). A comprehensive survey on software‐defined networking for smart communities. International Journal of Communication Systems,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 15, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2022
Journal International Journal of Communication Systems
Print ISSN 1074-5351
Electronic ISSN 1099-1131
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed


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&copy; 2022 The Authors. International Journal of Communication Systems published by John Wiley &amp; Sons Ltd.<br /> <br /> This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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