Software-Defined Networking to be Discussed October 17-19

Guest_Jim_* - October 6, 2011 06:28PM in Science & Technology

The first Open Networking Summit is to be held from October 17-19 with many of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) members present. Among the topics discussed will be OpenFlow and software-defined networking. Born from the NSF’s 2033 “100x100 Project for Clean Slate Design,” software-defined networking is a way to more intelligently control the flow of data through a network. OpenFlow is an example of this which allows a single physical network to include multiple slices. These slices can be experimented with, for improved performance and security, without interfering with the main network, but still are accessible to anyone on the network. This allows the experiments to be run at full scale and with real user load. Already this is being used by multiple universities, from Stanford to Clemson, and several companies are members of ONF, such as Google, Verizon, and Facebook.