Fawcett, L., Mu, M., Broadbent, M., Hart, N., and Race, N., SDQ: Enabling Rapid QoE Experimentation using Software Defined Networking, in Proceedings of IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IEEE IM), Lisbon, Portugal, 5/2017
Abstract: The emerging network paradigm of Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been increasingly adopted to improve the Quality of Experiences (QoE) across multiple HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) instances. However, there is currently a gap between research and reality in this field. QoE models, which offer user-level context to network management processes, are often tested in a simulation environment. Such environments do not consider the effects that network protocols, client programs, and other real world factors may have on the outcomes. Ultimately, this can lead to models not functioning as expected in real networks. On the other hand, setting up an experiment that reflects reality is a time-consuming process requiring expert knowledge. This paper shares designs and guidelines of an SDN experimentation framework (SDQ), which offers rapid evaluation of QoE models using real network infrastructures.