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"Roadmap to Operating SDN-based Networks" Workshop

Sponsors: ESnet, NSF, Internet2 and other LSN agencies

July 14-16, 2015

Berkeley, California

Background and Vision

This workshop is a follow-up to the first SDN workshop focused on SDN Operational issues sponsored by NITRD, DOE and NSF in December 2013. Since then, there has been great progress made, with a focus on SDNv2, Software-Defined Exchanges (SDX) and Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI). Network operators and network researchers in the Federal agencies and R&E community have been experimenting extensively with SDN, through DOE-funded network research projects, through grants from NSF (e.g. GENI, CC-NIE, CC-IIE, and CC-DNI) and through multitude of testbeds.

Despite the number of use-cases and demonstrations showcased, as SDN is targeted towards production deployments targeting to replace current WAN networks, there are significant gaps to address. In addition, the hardware and software eco-system is not mature, leaving gaps for operators to address on their own. n addition, the SDN momentum has spawned multiple credible open-source projects, each with their own view of SDN, and driving the evolution of the implementation and design including protocol independent framework (PIF), Intent-based frameworks and use of NETCONF/YANG in addition to OpenFlow southbound interface.

The operational network gaps identified in the first workshop - manageability and security with a focus on supporting multi-tenancy and virtualised services have still not been addressed satisfactorily. In addition, the SDN momentum has spawned multiple credible open-source projects, each with their own view of SDN, and driving the evolution of the SDN design including protocol independent framework (PIF), Intent-based frameworks and use of NETCONF/YANG in addition to OpenFlow southbound interface.

The vision for this workshop is to bring together Academia, Industry, Government and R&E community into a dialogue of SDN reality today and desirable futures, with a focus on the Government and R&E community application requirements. The objective is to progress adoption of this new technology in the community, while incorporating innovative solutions to meet the application and operational challenges identified.

DOE, ESnet, Internet2, NITRD, NSF will be hosting and organising a follow-on to the operationalising SDN workshop on July 14 - 16th, 2015 at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, CA.


Identify the challenges and opportunities to operationalize Software Defined Networks, Layer 1/2/3 Exchanges and Infrastructures (SDN/SDX/SDI) for research and education in the 2-3 year timeframe

Desired Outcome


Day 1

"Challenges of supporting SDN in production", A.J. Ragusa - GlobalNOC @ Indiana University

"Data and Decision Analytics", presented by Bob Bonneau - DOD

"Day 1 Charge for Breakout", Inder Monga

"ESnet SDN Experiences", C. Guok, B. Mah, I. Monga, E. Pouyoul

"FNAL Site SDN Perspective", Phil DeMar - LBNL

"Mad Max SDN" - Josh Bailey

"Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX): SDN Vision and Experiences", Tom Lehman - University of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Crossroads

"Motivation and Organization of the workshop", Inder Monga - Berkeley Lab

"My Perspectives on Operating SDN Networks", Shawn McKee - University of Michigan

"Network Performance Management in SDN Environments", Pulak Chowdhury - Ennetix

"Operational SDN", KC Wang - Clemson University

"Perspectives on SDN", Philip Papadopoulos - San Diego Supercomputer Center, Calit2, University of California

"Research to Operations to University Missions", Joe Breen - University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing

"RISE: Wide-Area SDN Testbed", Nobuhiko Itoh - National Institute of Information and Communication Technology

"Roadmap to Operational Software-Defined Networks", Inder Monga, Eric Boyd, Grant Miller

"Roadmap to Operating SDN Networks: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", Eric Boyd - Internet 2

"Roadmap to Operating SDN-based Networks: State of the SDN Union in R&E and Universities", Bryan Learn - Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

"SDN:An Operational Perspective", Dan Schmiedt, Clemson

"SDN @ AmLight: One Year Later", Jeronimo Bezerra - Florida Interna1onal University

"SDN for the Large Hadron Collider", Dorian Kcira - Caltech CMS Group

"SDN Research and Operational Environments", Russ Clark/Ron Hutchins, et al - LBNL

"SURFnet programmable network", Hans Trompert - SURFnet


Day 2

"An Enterprise SDN controller", Josh Bailey

"ODENOS : An SDN Framework for Heterogeneous Network Orchestration", Kazuya Suzuki - NEC Corporation

"ONF Standards (A personal view)", Ben Mack-Crane - Corsa Technology

"ONOS approach to SDN: Architecture & Feature Roadmap", Thomas Vachuska - LBNL

"Real-time monitoring for adaptive control", Neil McKee

"Roadmap to Operating SDN-based Networks", David Bainbridge, Ciena Agility - OPENDAYLIGHT

"SDN", Kireeti Kompella - Junier Networks Inc.

"SDN Futures: What’s missing today that we need to fix", LBNL

"SDN Workshop - Combined Day1 Summary"

"SDN Workshop - Day 1 Group 2 Summary"

"Transport SDN: Learnings & Operational Challenges", Anurag Sharma - Infinera

"White Box SDN and Challenges", James Liao - PICA8 Inc.


Day 3

"SciPass Securish OpenFlow Based Science DMZ", Edward Balas - GlobalNOC, Indiana University

"SDN Security Challenges", Anita Nikolich - National Science Foundation




Available Format: pdf
Published: 12/16/2013
Pages: 55

Operationalization of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) Program Review

Executive Summary

"U.S. federal investments in networking research and technologies deployment have fostered and accelerated the development of the Internet from its inception. It is now an essential infrastructure for the United States and the world. However, it is clear that we must make this infrastructure more flexible, resilient, secure, reliable, and ubiquitous to keep pace with society’s needs and our aspirations for the 21st century.

Recently, U.S. agencies have been investing in networking innovation that will lead to the next generation of communication and cloud technologies to provide improved capacity, tools, service, and equipment needed for applications to be supported by the future Internet. New application requirements like those of large workloads moving between data centers, massive number of devices participating in machine to machine communication, and high-bandwidth applications on mobile devices are forcing change in network architecture to be more responsive rather than statically provisioned. One of these future network technologies, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), has the potential and momentum to create new engines of innovation and transform the entire Internet ecosystem. In December 2013, an invited review on operationalizing SDN was conducted at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with representatives from the academic, federal, and commercial communities. Workshop sponsorship was provided by the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) of the NSF and the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program of the Department of Energy Office of Science, with support from the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NCO for NITRD)....." read more