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Software-Defined Networking: improving the substance-to-hype ratio

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AARNet is involved in two new initiatives to support antipodean researchers turn the promise of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) into a useable reality:

ANZSDN alliance sets up shop

AARNet is one of the foundation members of the ANZSDN alliance, a community aimed at fostering interest, research and investment in SDN across Australia and New Zealand.  This alliance is intended to provide a point of communication between university researchers, commercial data centre and service providers, vendors and investors.

AARNet is in the process of rolling out an international SDN testbed network

This will initially consist of four OpenFlow-capable switches hosted in AARNet points-of-presence in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, and interconnected via AARNet’s high-speed research and education network links within Australia and across the Pacific.

Colocated with the switches will be servers and the associated software tools required to run and monitor experiments across this testbed network.

Researchers will be able to either access the testbed remotely to run their experiments, or via circuits provisioned from their campus directly into one of the devices of the test bed.

This testbed will allow researchers to run experiments under conditions representative of the actual global Internet.  AARNet also has close ties to research networks across the globe, and so the testbed will enable researchers to directly interconnect and collaborate with other researchers and institutions across the rest of the world.

For more information about the SDN Testbed, contact David Wilde


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