Dynamic Load Management for IMS Networks Using Network Function Virtualization


IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), İstanbul, Turkey, 25 - 29 April 2016, pp.1011-1012 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/noms.2016.7502948
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1011-1012
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is utilized to simplfy the deployment and management of constantly evolving and highly complex networking services. In this paper, we propose a dynamic load management framework for IMS networks using NFV, where IMS functions are created within a single virtual machine (VM) instance and moved to the cloud environment. Requests coming from the IMS clients are first processed by a Load Balancer module to efficiently distribute the incoming load over a pool of IMS VMs. The decision of switching an IMS VM instance on or off is performed by the VM provisioning service using the resource utilization information periodically received from the IMS VMs. The proof-of-concept experiments using a realistic testbed demonstrate that the proposed framework increases the scalability of the IMS networks when there are sudden significant increases in traffic.