近日，实验室在区块链性能优化领域的研究取得新进展，论文《MVCom: Scheduling Most Valuable Committees for the Large-Scale Sharded Blockchain》被分布式计算顶级学术会议The 41st IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2021) 录用为长文。
ICDCS是分布式计算系统领域享有盛誉和具有重要学术影响力的顶级国际学术会议，本届 ICDCS 会议 Research Track 论文全球投稿共489篇，仅有97篇被录用，录用率为19.8%。
Huawei Huang, Zhenyi Huang, Xiaowen Peng, Zibin Zheng, Song Guo, “MVCom: Scheduling Most Valuable Committees for the Large-Scale Sharded Blockchain”, ICDCS, 2021. [RG-Page & PDF]
I would like to share our latest blockchain survey titled “A Survey of State-of-the-Art on Blockchains: Theories, Modelings, and Tools”. This survey is focusing on the theoretical modelings, analytical models, and evaluation tools of blockchains.
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近日，我们在 arXiv 公开了最新的一篇区块链综述论文，论文题目为 “A Survey of State-of-the-Art on Blockchains: Theories, Modelings, and Tools”. 比起现有的其他区块链的综述论文，这篇综述主要从理论建模、分析模型、实验评估工具的角度对区块链本身的基础运行机制进行了探讨。希望这篇综述论文可以为研究者、工程开发者、以及从事区块链教育的业内人士提供一个具有参考价值手册。
This blog introduces the motivation and background of one of my previous research articles, which has the following publish information:
Huawei Huang, Song Guo, Weifa Liang, Keqiu Li, Baoliu Ye, and Weihua Zhuang, “Near-Optimal Routing Protection for In-Band Software-Defined Heterogeneous Networks”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), vol. 16, no. 20, pp. 7421-7432, November 2016. (CCF-A, Computer Networks)
Writing this article was a great pleasure because the proposed algorithm provides optimal routing protection for control-plane traffic in the in-band fashioned software-defined networks. Importantly, the proposed approach can be extended to the general routing protection in the data plane of Software-define Networks.
What is it about?
In the software-defined heterogeneous networks, we study a weighted cost minimization problem, in which the control-plane traffic load balancing and control-channel setup cost are jointly considered when selecting the protection paths for control channels. Since the multiple resource-constrained routing is proved to be NP-complete, we propose a near-optimal algorithm, using the Markov approximation technique. Particularly, we extend our solution to an online case that can handle dynamic single-link failures. The incurred performance fluctuation is also theoretically analyzed.
Why is it important?
Even though SDN brings quantities of advantages to the software-defined heterogeneous network (HetNet), it comes with many challenges. One particular concern is the resilience of the control traffic, i.e., the communications between data-plane and control-plane. In an in-band fashioned software-defined heterogeneous network, where control-plane traffic shares medium with the data plane traffic, even a single link failure may disconnect a large number of packet-switching devices from their controllers, resulting in much worse damages than those of the out-of-band fashion. For example, in case of failures caused by disaster scenarios such as earthquake and tsunami, the core network links between switches and controllers may be disconnected. That would result in severe performance degradation, including packet loss, loop routing, suboptimal or infeasible routing actions, high network latency, and even service unavailability. The consequence becomes even worse in wide-area software-defined HetNets. Therefore, to deal with routing protection at the control plane for in-band HetNets is a fundamental issue.
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为软件定义网络的控制信道提供可靠的路由策略 – 回顾一篇发表在JSAC的代表作
Huawei Huang, Song Guo, Weifa Liang, Keqiu Li, Baoliu Ye, and Weihua Zhuang, “Near-Optimal Routing Protection for In-Band Software-Defined Heterogeneous Networks”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), vol. 16, no. 20, pp. 7421-7432, November 2016.(CCF-A类, 计算机网络)
News: The paper titled “PIRATE: A Blockchain-based Secure Framework of Distributed Machine Learning in 5G Networks” has been accepted by IEEE Network (IF: 9.59) on Aug. 11th, 2020.
With the production cost of AI chips gradually reduced to an acceptable level, mobile devices are better equipped with computational resources for machine learning. Meanwhile, as the bottleneck of distributed machine learning, network conditions would be substantially improved as we march into the 5G era. To exploit the merits of 5G/6G networks, a large-scale distributed learning framework is in need. Particularly, in the large-scale scenario, security problems become even more critical.
To protect against arbitrary convergence hindrance attacks, we propose PIRATE, a blockchain-based secure distributed learning framework. The framework has great potential utilizing the verification flexibility of blockchain techniques. Such flexibility enables more protection mechanisms to be built on top of the framework, e.g., privacy protection, Model Poisoning Attack protection, incentive mechanism, etc.
As shown in Figure 1, PIRATE has two components: 1) reliability assessment, which decides whether a device could take part in a learning task; 2) a secure SGD framework based on multiple shard chains.
We utilize the decentralized architecture, Ring AllReduce (Figure 2), which can better leverage network resources, and enables devices to verify computation results while computing gradients.
Furthermore, in order to conduct efficient and verifiable communication under the Ring AllReduce setting, we utilize a sharding-based blockchain technique. In particular, we divide nodes into multiple committees, in which nodes are only required to verify gradients within their committee. Such division greatly reduces the latency of broadcasting.
Simulation experiments show that, under the condition of 5G/6G networks, relatively large training models, and large-scale participants, PIRATE outperforms a similar framework, LearningChain, in terms of storage complexity and latency.
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现今来自终端用户的多种应用所产生的流量在到达数据中心服务器之前，需要经过不同种类的网络功能服务的处理。比如，网络流量需要经过防火墙、深度包检测、负载均衡器、视频编码解码器等网络功能虚拟化节点。这篇论文主要研究了基于混合类型的虚拟化网络功能的“服务链（Service Function Chain）”编排与部署问题，提出了能应对多种网络功能需求的快速服务链编排、具有部署灵活、运营效益最大化特点的解决方案。
IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC) 是云计算领域高水准期刊，影响因子为5.967 （中科院SCI期刊一区），每年仅仅刊载几十篇高质量论文。
另外一篇相同课题的成果同样发表在 IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC)，已在线但尚未正式出版，论文信息如下：
Huawei Huang, Peng Li, Song Guo, Weifa Liang, Kun Wang, “Near-Optimal Deployment of Service Chains by Exploiting Correlations between Network Functions”, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC), 2018, DOI: 10.1109/TCC.2017.2780165