AARNet launches SDN Testbed

New platform to help boost research into software-defined networking

AARNet has launched a new software-defined networking testbed for Australian researchers.

The SDN Testbed project is being supported by CSIRO’s Data61 and a group nine universities, led by the University of New South Wales.

The University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Adelaide, RMIT, Swinburne, University of Queensland, University of Wollongong and the Australian National University are participating in the project.

The labs are connected via AARNet’s network.

“The Testbed is a real-world research network environment, a simulation of the Internet that we’ve put in place to make it easier for researchers in the fields of computer science, engineering and mathematics to test, prototype and validate advanced networking concepts in the SDN arena and accelerate the development of high-speed networking,” AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said in a statement.

“Developing and supporting initiatives to explore what the future network might look like has been a focus of AARNet’s work since its early days of pioneering the Internet in Australia,”

The SDN Testbed is based on four NoviFlow OpenFlow-enabled switches in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Seattle. The switches are controlled by virtual machines in Sydney and Melbourne running ONOS.

SDN-enabled equipment is deployed in labs at participating universities and Data61.

Via Seattle, the Testbed is able to connect with Internet2, ESnet and ON.LAB networks.

The project received Australian Research Council funding.

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