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Tue, 01/04/2014

CREATE-NET as official partner of Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab) participated at the fourth annual Open Networking Summit (ONS) which took place on March 3-5, 2014, in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ON.Lab is a non-profit organization founded by SDN inventors and leaders from Stanford University and UC Berkeley to foster an open source community to develop tools and platforms to realize the full potential of SDN.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow have emerged as a new paradigm of networking and they are changing how we design, build, and operate networks to achieve business agility.  In the last few years, SDN has captured the industry’s attention because it brings significant benefits to the entire network and cloud ecosystems. In this context, CREATE-NET and ON.Lab are working together on SDN to develop novel virtualization technologies and innovative SDN controller frameworks for service providers and cloud-centric networks. In particular, this relationship is focused on the desing and the implementation of an open source set of platform for SDN:• OpenVirteX (OVX): a network virtualization platform that enables operators to create and manage virtual Software Defined Networks (vSDNs). Tenants are free to specify the topology and addressing scheme of their vSDN, and run their own Network Operating System (NOS) to control it. • Open Network OS (ONOS): a distributed SDN network OS  motivated by the performance, scalability, and availability requirements of large operator networks.ONS represents the industry’s only non-profit conference that brings together industry visionaries in SDN to lead discussions, provide use cases and offer interactive demonstrations related to advances in software-defined networking (SDN), OpenFlow, and network functions virtualization (NFV).
The cooperation between CREATE-NET and ON.Lab led to one demo that was presented at ONS. We deployed OpenVirteX and ONOS  on top of Internet2(http://www.internet2.edu), a national-wide research network in the US. Through OVX we configured multiple virtual networks, with different topologies and functionalities: one of them, a physical copy of the I2 network, with 205 switches and 414 links, was controlled by an 8-node ONOS cluster, which was located in the NOC at Indiana University. Through the ONOS GUI we demonstrated some functionalities as well as scalability and fault-tolerance both for the data plane and the control plane.

Moreover during the Research Track, whose primary goals were to facilitate an exchange of SDN research ideas and to bring focus to relevant research problems, CREATE-NET researcher, Matteo Gerola and other team members fronm ON.Lab presented a paper titled: “OpenVirteX: A Network Hypervisor” which was very much appreciated by the audience.