A Cloud-Based Overlay Networking for the Internet of Things: Quantitative Evaluation

TitleA Cloud-Based Overlay Networking for the Internet of Things: Quantitative Evaluation
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBruneo, D., S. Distefano, F. Longo, G. Merlino, and A. Puliafito
EditorPuliafito, A., and K. S. Trivedi
Book TitleSystems Modeling: Methodologies and Tools
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN Number978-3-319-92378-9

Integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the Cloud may lead to a range of different architectures and solutions. Our efforts in this domain are mainly geared toward making IoT systems available as service-oriented infrastructure. Under Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) scenarios, network virtualization is a core building block of any solution, even more so for IoT-focused Cloud providers. Enabling mechanisms are required to support virtualization of the networking facilities for IoT resources that are managed by the Cloud. This work describes an approach to network virtualization based on popular off-the-shelf tools and protocols in place of application-specific logic, acting as a blueprint in the design of the Stack4Things architecture, an OpenStack-derived framework to provide IaaS-like services from a pool of IoT devices. We quantitatively evaluate the underlying mechanisms demonstrating that the proposed approach exhibits mostly comparable performance with respect to standard technologies for virtual private networks, or at least good enough for the kind of underlying hardware, e.g., smart boards, while still representing a more flexible solution.