This paper addresses a routing selection strategy for elastic network slices that dynamically adjust required resources over time. When admitting elastic initial slice requests, sufficient spare resources on the same path should be reserved to allow existing elastic slices to increase their bandwidth dynamically. We demonstrate a deep Reinforcement Learning (RL) model to intelligently make routing choice decisions for elastic slice requests and inelastic slice requests. This model achieves higher revenue and higher acceptance rates compared to traditional heuristic methods. Due to the lightness of this model, it can be deployed in an embedded system. We can also use a relatively small amount of data to train the model and achieve stable performance. Also, we introduce a Recurrent Neural Network to auto-encode the variable-size environment and train the encoder together with the RL model.
A Reinforcement Learning-Based Admission Control Strategy for Elastic Network Slices
This paper addresses the problem of admission control for elastic network slices that may dynamically adjust provisioned bandwidth levels over time. When admitting new slice requests, sufficient spare capacity must be reserved to allow existing elastic slices to dynamically increase their bandwidth allocation when needed. We demonstrate a lightweight deep Reinforcement Learning (RL) model to intelligently make ad-mission control decisions for elastic slice requests and inelastic slice requests. This model achieves higher revenue and higher acceptance rates compared to traditional heuristic methods. Due to the lightness of this model, it can be deployed without GPUs. We can also use a relatively small amount of data to train the model and to achieve stable performance. Also, we introduce a Recurrent Neural Network to encode the variable-size environment and train the encoder with the RL model together.
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