Service-aware Design Policy of End-to-End Network Slicing For 5G Use Cases

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End-to-End network slicing is an emerging technology with huge potential to carry flexible resource provisioning for the next generation of mobile networks (5G). With the powerful SDN and NFV technologies, multiple and logical network slices of various services can be deployed to the same underlying infrastructure. Physical resources are flexibly configured for different use cases. Therefore, it is necessary to explore how to guide the implementation of network slices via a general design policy. In this paper, we propose a service-aware network slicing design policy for 5G use cases, not only to satisfy various service requirements for different applications but also to enhance resource efficiency with fluctuated traffic demands. Firstly, multiple design objectives of slices are presented to guarantee different services in diverse use cases. Then we formulate a deterministic optimization model of the network slicing design problem and further extend it into a robust version considering uncertain traffic demands. Besides, a heuristic algorithm is proposed to obtain a promising network slicing design policy with the low computational effort, which is inspired by the multiple-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) algorithm. The effectiveness of the present formulations and algorithms is verified by a series of simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)962-975
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2022


  • 5G mobile communication
  • 5G Use Cases
  • Computational modeling
  • Design Policy
  • Network slicing
  • Network Slicing
  • Optimization
  • Resource Efficiency.
  • Resource management
  • Robust Optimization
  • Ultra reliable low latency communication
  • Uncertainty


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