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ReactNet: self-adjusting architecture for networked systems

Habib Mostafei
Seyed Milad Miri
Stefan Schmid

December 03, 2021

Providers today run numerous applications on their networks with diverse quality of service requirements. An appealing vision to deal with the resulting complexity of network operation, is to give more control to the network, allowing it to become more autonomous and to dynamically "self-adjust", to meet its requirements. This paper presents an architecture, ReactNet, to realize this vision, by leveraging two enabling technologies. First, we use programmable dataplanes and P4 to get accurate information about the traffic patterns the network currently serves. Second, we leverage Machine Learning (ML) techniques to process this information and react to the network changes dynamically.