OpenFlow: Enabling Innovation in Campus Networks

TitleOpenFlow: Enabling Innovation in Campus Networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMcKeown, N., Andershnan T.., Parulkar G., Peterson L., Rexford J., Shenker S. J., Turner J., & Balakrishnan H.
Published inACM Computer Communication Review
Other Numbers2486

This whitepaper proposes OpenFlow: a way for researchers to run experimental protocols in the networks they use every day. OpenFlow is based on an Ethernet switch, with an internal flow-table, and a standardized interface to add and remove flow entries. Our goal is to encourage networking vendors to add OpenFlow to their switch products for deployment in college campus backbones and wiring closets. We believe that OpenFlow is a pragmatic compromise: on one hand, it allows researchers to run experiments on heterogeneous switches in a uniform way at line-rate and with high port-density; while on the other hand, vendors do not need to expose the internal workings of their switches. In addition to allowing researchers to evaluate their ideas in real-world traffic settings, OpenFlow could serve as a useful campus component in proposed large-scale testbeds like GENI. Two buildings at Stanford University will soon run OpenFlow networks, using commercial Ethernet switches and routers. We will work to encourage deployment at other schools; and We encourage you to consider deploying OpenFlow in your university network too

Bibliographic Notes

ACM Computer Communication Review, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 69-74

Abbreviated Authors

N. McKeown, T. Andershnan, G. Parulkar, L. Peterson, J. Rexford, S. Shenker, J. Turner, and H. Balakrishnan

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in journal or magazine