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Internet2 ONOS Launches SDN Research and Education Network

June 17, 2015

The Internet2 open-source software-defined networking operating system (ONOS) community and the Internet2 group at Indiana University are teaming up. Together, they recently launched ONOS on Internet2's national research and education network that will connect five U.S. universities in order to advance their inter-networking capabilities.

The universities involved are Duke University, Florida International University, Indiana University, University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Utah. Therefore, the reach between these institutes of higher education nearly stretch the expanse of the contiguous states. They will all have access to the SDN that boasts the fastest speeds of any such network with speeds reaching 100 Gbps.

More than just a service for higher education, said Rob Vietzke, the vice president of network services at Internet2, the new ONOS deployment will allow for testing of network research on a large scale.

“This is a major milestone in the SDN era,” Vietzke said. “We are pleased to partner with the ONOS project team to deploy this breakout software-defined capability for the first time on a nation-wide production network. This work is a notable contribution by the R&E community in the effort to explore new research ideas in the field of networking and create prototype services that will influence the next generation of the Internet.”

One notable development of SDN when compared with traditional network is its ability to move between different pieces of hardware. This is a major goal for the ONOS community which says that it can use this research network to further explore the possibility of using the ONOS SDN on heterogeneous hardware in a real-world setting. Vietzke continued his statement by saying that this new network will act as a type of “playground” for researchers.

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This is not the first set of connections Internet2 has made between research institutions. It has experience connecting more than 200 universities inmore than 100 countries with broadband capabilities. What will surface here with the five institutions listed above is the development of faster and more flexible networks run through SDN.

Internet2 has been very active with its development of Internet and networking technologies. Notably, TMC reported on the Global Summit it conducted this past spring. It will also be present at the Open Networking Summit that is taking place this week in Santa Clara, California.

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