Virtual Router Cisco Performance Analysis on QEMU Hypervisor with Mechanism of Increasing the Number of Routers and Traffic Loads

Allysa Larasati and Doan Perdana (Telkom University, Indonesia); Gustommy Bisono (Telkom University & PT. Tritech Consult, Indonesia)

Network Function Virtualization, NFV, aims to accelerate the implementation of new network services to support business strategies and revenue growth for the telecommunications sector in particular. In general, NFV aims to replace the function of the existing physical router device into a virtual router device and can be run on any virtualization server. In this study, a combination of Cisco virtual routers are tested on a virtualization platform for: throughput, packet loss, jitter and scalability as additional network hops. The virtualization platform used is a type 2 hypervisor, QEMU (Quick EMUlator), because it is open source and widely used in both educational and enterprise environments. Our results show: i) throughput increases with traffic volume, ii) link speed between host and router has a maximum rate of 1000 Mbps and a maximum recorded throughput of 778.6 Mbps, iii) the jitter parameter test ranged between 0.026 ms to 0.098 ms and met Cisco standards, iv) packet loss parameter was < 1%, v) the packets lost ranged from 0% to 2,471% caused by virtual links created by qemu and the virtual network interface cards, vi) for scalability, the more network hops the lower the performance.

Journal: International Journal of Simulation- Systems, Science and Technology- IJSSST V20

Published: Feb 28, 2019

DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.20.01.02