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Putting Openflow to Work in a Production Network

Time 02/01/11 10:40AM-11:00AM

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Session Abstract

Up to this point, we have thought of Openflow, a research tool for software defined networking, as territory only for network researchers. We believe that there are compelling use cases for production networks to benefit from Openflow.

At Clemson, students are working with campus networking engineers to create modular Openflow controllers that solve everyday issues for engineers running a production network. Several implemented examples include Openflow code that tracks stolen laptops, and another that redirects selected traffic to monitoring stations for security or application diagnosis. Put simple scripting together with Openflow, add some creativity, and the sky is the limit!

From a high level, we think such work is entirely appropriate at an academic institution, as it engages students into live networks and creates a partnership with the Academic and IT components of a University. Students, who are not used to operating inside the constraints of legacy networks, can learn practical issues and work with staff to stimulate innovative solutions.

Speakers

Speaker Dan Schmiedt Clemson University

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks Emerging Technologies

Session Media

media item thumbnail Putting Openflow to Work in a Production Network Netcast Archive Up to this point, we have thought of Openflow, a research tool for software defined networking, as territory only for network researchers. We believe that there are compelling use cases for production networks to benefit from Openflow. At Clemson, students are working with campus networking engineers to create modular Openflow controllers that solve everyday issues for engineers running a production network. Several implemented examples include Openflow code that tracks stolen laptops, and another that redirects selected traffic to monitoring stations for security or application diagnosis. Put simple scripting together with Openflow, add some creativity, and the sky is the limit! From a high level, we think such work is entirely appropriate at an academic institution, as it engages students into live networks and creates a partnership with the Academic and IT components of a University. Students, who are not used to operating inside the constraints of legacy networks, can learn practical issues and work with staff to stimulate innovative solutions. media item thumbnail Putting Openflow to Work in a Production Network Netcast Archive Up to this point, we have thought of Openflow, a research tool for software defined networking, as territory only for network researchers. We believe that there are compelling use cases for production networks to benefit from Openflow. At Clemson, students are working with campus networking engineers to create modular Openflow controllers that solve everyday issues for engineers running a production network. Several implemented examples include Openflow code that tracks stolen laptops, and another that redirects selected traffic to monitoring stations for security or application diagnosis. Put simple scripting together with Openflow, add some creativity, and the sky is the limit! From a high level, we think such work is entirely appropriate at an academic institution, as it engages students into live networks and creates a partnership with the Academic and IT components of a University. Students, who are not used to operating inside the constraints of legacy networks, can learn practical issues and work with staff to stimulate innovative solutions.

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