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DRL-based Slice Placement Under Non-Stationary Conditions

Amina Boubendir
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Fabrice Guillemin
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Pierre Sens


We consider online learning for optimal network slice placement under the assumption that slice requests arrive according to a non-stationary Poisson process. We propose a framework based on Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) combined with a heuristic to design algorithms. We specifically design two pure-DRL algorithms and two families of hybrid DRL-heuristic algorithms. To validate their performance, we perform extensive simulations in the context of a large-scale operator infrastructure. The evaluation results show that the proposed hybrid DRL-heuristic algorithms require three orders of magnitude of learning episodes less than pure-DRL to achieve convergence. This result indicates that the proposed hybrid DRLheuristic approach is more reliable than pure-DRL in a real non-stationary network scenario.
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hal-03332502 , version 1 (02-09-2021)


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Jose Jurandir Alves Esteves, Amina Boubendir, Fabrice Guillemin, Pierre Sens. DRL-based Slice Placement Under Non-Stationary Conditions. CNSM 2021 - 17th International Conference on Network and Service Management, Oct 2021, Izmir, Turkey. ⟨hal-03332502⟩
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