IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Volume (15), No (1), Year (2018-1) , Pages (184-199)

Title : ( OpenSIP: Toward Software-Defined SIP Networking )

Authors: Ahmadreza Montazerolghaem , Mohammad Hossein Yaghmaee Moghaddam , A-l Garcia ,

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VoIP is becoming a low-priced and efficient replacement for PSTN in communication industries. With a widely growing adoption rate, SIP is an application layer signaling protocol, standardized by the IETF, for creating, modifying, and terminating VoIP sessions. Generally speaking, SIP routes a call request to its destination by using SIP proxies. With the increasing use of SIP, traditional configurations pose certain drawbacks, such as ineffective routing, un-optimized management of proxy resources (including CPU and memory), and overload conditions. This paper presents OpenSIP to upgrade the SIP network framework with emerging technologies, such as SDN and NFV. SDN provides for management that decouples the data and control planes along with a software-based centralized control that results in effective routing and resource management. Moreover, NFV assists SDN by virtualizing various network devices and functions. However, current SDN elements limit the inspected fields to layer 2-4 headers, whereas SIP routing information resides in the layer-7 header. A benefit of OpenSIP is that it enforces policies on SIP networking that are agnostic to higher layers with the aid of a Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine. Among the benefits of OpenSIP is programmability, cost reduction, unified management, routing, as well as efficient load balancing. The present study implements OpenSIP on a real testbed which includes Open vSwitch and the Floodlight controller. The results show that the proposed architecture has a low overhead and satisfactory performance and, in addition, can take advantage of a flexible scale-out design during application deployment.


, Routing, Servers, Routing protocols, Databases, IP networks, Resource management
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author = {Montazerolghaem, Ahmadreza and Yaghmaee Moghaddam, Mohammad Hossein and A-l Garcia},
title = {OpenSIP: Toward Software-Defined SIP Networking},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management},
year = {2018},
volume = {15},
number = {1},
month = {January},
issn = {1932-4537},
pages = {184--199},
numpages = {15},
keywords = {Routing; Servers; Routing protocols; Databases; IP networks; Resource management},


%0 Journal Article
%T OpenSIP: Toward Software-Defined SIP Networking
%A Montazerolghaem, Ahmadreza
%A Yaghmaee Moghaddam, Mohammad Hossein
%A A-l Garcia
%J IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
%@ 1932-4537
%D 2018