University of Piraeus Research Center
To extend the GÉANT testbed towards an AUTOnomic OpenFLOW (AUTOFLOW) facility and perform focused research and experimentation, in order to demystify this relationship and showcase that Software Defined Networking (SDN)/OpenFlow capabilities can bring "customizable Autonomic Network Management (ANM)" into reality.
ANM and SDN have appeared as promising technologies for simplifying the management and control of today's highly interconnected and complex networks. Although it seems that there is a strong link among these two technologies, which can result in an efficient and useful interplay, consistent justification and positioning is still missing in the existing literature and industrial/research studies. An SDN-enabled ANM is a challenging target that can be used to test the usability and limits of the testbed and to provide feedback for its extension and fine-tuning. It can also leverage the interest of the research/academic community, thus contributing to the extension of the facility's user base.
The AUTOFLOW experimentation framework will assist in rendering the GÉANT OpenFlow facility an attractive environment for building, testing and validating autonomic, SDN solutions, thus increasing the impact of Testbed as a Service (TaaS) offered by the GÉANT project.
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