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Thursday, April 4 • 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Using an Open Source SDN Controller to Deploy a Multi-Terabit/s Production Network - Brad Cowie, University of Waikato

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In this talk Brad will demonstrate how we recently used faucet, which is an open source OpenFlow controller, to deploy a 9 terabit/s network for the SC18 conference. Our multi-vendor SDN network was used to provide booths on the show floor of the conference with Internet connections of up to 100GbE. Brad will present how faucet works, our network design and an evaluation of the benefits of our approach. For this deployment we were able to provide greatly simplify the network from previous years by replacing thousands of lines of vendor-specific configuration with easy to understand YAML configuration. Faucet allows users to avoid vendor lock-in in a unique way by implementing the network as specified by the faucet configuration in hardware using the OpenFlow protocol. In this case we demonstrate the control of devices from three different vendors including one BareFoot Tofino P4 device.

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Brad Cowie

Research Programmer, University of Waikato
Brad is a member of the WAND Network Research Group at the University of Waikato. He is also a core member of the FAUCET project which develops an open source OpenFlow controller for enterprise networks. Utilising his years of experience deploying servers and networks he does SDN... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 3:40pm - 4:10pm