WFlatnet: Introducing wireless in flatnet data center network

Emna Baccour, Sebti Foufou, Ridha Hamila, Mounir Hamdi

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The basic challenge of data centers is how to interconnect a huge number of servers while guaranteeing the performance of the network. Flatnet is a promising data center architecture that has proved its efficiency to connect a scalable number of servers and to achieve a high network capacity, fault-tolerance and low-cost while using only one network layer. However, its long path length impacts the transmission latency and prevents it from being a high performance topology. Based on Flatnet, we propose a new network architecture, called wFlatnet, which adds wireless links to the network as shortcuts aiming at minimizing the path length without adding a burden of installation and cost. The novel design will offer a topology where the distance between any two servers will not exceed four hops taking into consideration load balancing, aggregate bottleneck throughput, power consumption and fault-tolerance properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467395267
StatePublished - 2015
EventIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 10 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015 - Proceedings


OtherIEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • 3D beamforming
  • 60 GHz technology
  • Fault-tolerance
  • Latency
  • Path length
  • Wireless data center network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication


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