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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 7172187, 14 pages
Research Article

Proxy SDN Controller for Wireless Networks

Pusan National University, Busan 46241, Republic of Korea

Received 4 March 2016; Revised 8 June 2016; Accepted 15 June 2016

Academic Editor: Claudio Agostino Ardagna

Copyright © 2016 Won-Suk Kim and Sang-Hwa Chung. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Management of wireless networks as well as wired networks by using software-defined networking (SDN) has been highlighted continually. However, control features of a wireless network differ from those of a wired network in several aspects. In this study, we identify the various inefficient points when controlling and managing wireless networks by using SDN and propose SDN-based control architecture called Proxcon to resolve these problems. Proxcon introduces the concept of a proxy SDN controller (PSC) for the wireless network control, and the PSC entrusted with the role of a main controller performs control operations and provides the latest network state for a network administrator. To address the control inefficiency, Proxcon supports offloaded SDN operations for controlling wireless networks by utilizing the PSC, such as local control by each PSC, hybrid control utilizing the PSC and the main controller, and locally cooperative control utilizing the PSCs. The proposed architecture and the newly supported control operations can enhance scalability and response time when the logically centralized control plane responds to the various wireless network events. Through actual experiments, we verified that the proposed architecture could address the various control issues such as scalability, response time, and control overhead.