A Survey on OpenFlow Technologies

Kazuya SUZUKI  Kentaro SONODA  Nobuyuki TOMIZAWA  Yutaka YAKUWA  Terutaka UCHIDA  Yuta HIGUCHI  Toshio TONOUCHI  Hideyuki SHIMONISHI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.2   pp.375-386
Publication Date: 2014/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.375
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED SURVEY PAPER
OpenFlow,  software-defined networking,  network virtualization,  

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The paper presents a survey on OpenFlow related technologies that have been proposed as a means for researchers, network service creators, and others to easily design, test, and deploy their innovative ideas in experimental or production networks to accelerate research activities on network technologies. Rather than having programmability within each network node, separated OpenFlow controllers provide network control through pluggable software modules; thus, it is easy to develop new network control functions in executable form and test them in production networks. The emergence of OpenFlow has started various research activities. The paper surveys these activities and their results.