SDN at IXPs: practical challenges
Introducing Software Defined Networking (SDN) into Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) is a promising solution to long-standing interdomain routing problems. Proposed SDN architectures for IXPs have succeeded in improving the scalability of the control plane, but they have mostly ignored the underlying fabric and the capabilities of the available hardware upon which they should be deployed. In the lecture, I will describe our work in deploying the first SDN-enabled European IXP (TouSIX) and how to build an open-source evaluation framework to asses high performance OpenFlow enabled switches.
Gianni Antichi is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Research Associate. Prior joining Cambridge in 2013, he has been Research Associate at the University of Pisa where he holds a PhD defended in 2011. In 2013, Antichi has also been a visiting researcher at Stanford University for three months, working with Prof. Nick McKeown on reconfigurable hardware for high speed networking solutions. His research interests span from network monitoring, measurements and networking systems performance characterization to network architectures and Software Defined Networking. He is currently joint investigator on the H2020 SSICLOPS and ENDEAVOUR projects. The SSICLOPS project seeks to derive performance insight and improvement for systems in-use within cloud infrastructures. The ENDEAVOUR project aims to revise the actual Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) infrastructure and enrich with advanced network management services, e.g., traffic engineering and more dynamic peering.