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OpenFlow: enabling innovation in campus networks

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OpenFlow: enabling innovation in campus networks
This whitepaper proposes OpenFlow: a way for researchers to run experimental protocols in the networks they use every day. OpenFlow is based on an Ethernet switch, with an internal flow-table, and a standardized interface to add and remove flow entries. Our goal is to encourage networking vendors to add OpenFlow to their switch products for deployment in college campus backbones and wiring closets. We believe that OpenFlow is a pragmatic compromise: on one hand, it allows researchers to run experiments on heterogeneous switches in a uniform way at line-rate and with high port-density; while on the other hand, vendors do not need to expose the internal workings of their switches. In addition to allowing researchers to evaluate their ideas in real-world traffic settings, OpenFlow could serve as a useful campus component in proposed large-scale testbeds like GENI. Two buildings at Stanford University will soon run OpenFlow networks, using commercial Ethernet switches and routers. We will...
Nick McKeown, Tom Anderson, Hari Balakrishnan, Gur
Added 09 Dec 2010
Updated 09 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2008
Where CCR
Authors Nick McKeown, Tom Anderson, Hari Balakrishnan, Guru M. Parulkar, Larry L. Peterson, Jennifer Rexford, Scott Shenker, Jonathan S. Turner
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