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Internet2 and Florida International University Workshop Brings Together OpenFlow/SDN Testbed Experts

Apr 08, 2015, by Eric Boyd
Tags: Focused Technical Workshops, OpenFlow, Software Defined Networking

Last week Florida International University (FIU) and Internet2 hosted a Focused Technical Workshop on International OpenFlow/SDN Testbeds, drawing 50+ participants from around the globe. Led by Julio Ibarra (FIU), who served as chair, the workshop brought together network, software, and data management experts to discuss the development and role of SDN-based testbeds.

Picture - FTW SDN Testbeds Group PhotoAttendees of the 2015 Internet2/Florida International University Focused Technical Workshop on International OpenFlow/SDN Testbeds

Despite the siren call of the perfect Miami weather, the participants had a lively and interesting discussion for 3 days, forging new relationships and conceiving new joint projects.

Topics covered fit into four general areas: Testbed Architecture, Deployments, Orchestration, and Applications. Slides are posted online. The group discussed the various roles of testbeds, from pre-production proving grounds, to environments for network research, to incubators for the next generation of network engineers. Other areas of discussion included the goals of interlinking testbeds and how to implement them, as well as how distributed network monitoring can be achieved in an environment of virtual networks. The types of testbeds discussed ranged from National Research and Education Network (NREN) and pan-NREN wide-area testbeds to campus-based and corporate deployments.

The group agreed to produce a report detailing observations, conclusions, and next steps, which will be shared on the workshop page and announced to the Internet2 community. The group agreed to continue the conversation at the upcoming SDN workshop at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in Berkeley, Calif., this summer, chaired by Inder Monga of ESnet, beginning July 14. Stay tuned for more information and a save-the-date notice.