RISE: A Wide-Area Hybrid OpenFlow Network Testbed

Yoshihiko KANAUMI  Shu-ichi SAITO  Eiji KAWAI  Shuji ISHII  Kazumasa KOBAYASHI  Shinji SHIMOJO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B   No.1   pp.108-118
Publication Date: 2013/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.108
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
OpenFlow,  NWGN,  testbed networks,  operation,  

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The deployment of hybrid wide-area OpenFlow networks is essential for the gradual integration of OpenFlow technology into existing wide-area networks. Integration is necessary because it is impractical to replace such wide-area networks with OpenFlow-enabled ones at once. On the other hand, the design, deployment, and operation of such hybrid OpenFlow networks are often conducted intuitively without in-depth technical considerations. In this paper, we systematically discuss the technical aspects of the hybrid architecture for OpenFlow networks based on our experience so far in developing wide-area hybrid OpenFlow networks on JGN2plus and JGN-X, which are nation-wide testbed networks in Japan. We also describe the design and operation of RISE (Research Infrastructure for large-Scale network Experiments) on JGN-X, whose objective is to support a variety of OpenFlow network experiments.