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Fishbowl teleseminar: Software Defined Networking (SDN): A New Approach to Networking

November 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guru Parulkar
Open Networking Research Center
Stanford University



Software-defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach to networking that has the potential to enable on-going network innovation and enable the network as a programmable plug-and-play component of the larger cloud infrastructure. Key aspects of SDN include: separation of data and control planes; a uniform vendor agnostic interface called OpenFlow between control and data planes; logically centralized control plane, realized using a network OS, that constructs and presents a logical map of the entire network to services or control applications on top; and slicing and virtualization of the underlying network. In SDN a researcher, network administrator, or third party can introduce a new capability by writing a software program that simply manipulates the logical map of a slice of the network.

I will elaborate on the SDN story in his talk: the rationale, design, deployments, and coming together of a SDN ecosystem so far.



Guru Parulkar is Executive Director of Open Networking Research Center (http://onrc.net/) and Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Prior to ONRC, he served as Executive Director of Clean Slate Internet Design Program at Stanford from 2007-2012 where OpenFlow and SDN were first conceived and developed. He is also Executive Director of Open Networking Lab (http://onlab.us/) and of Open Networking Summits (http://OpenNetSummit.org).

Guru has been in the field of networking for over 25 years and cherishes opportunities he has had to work with great people. Guru has worked in academia (Washington University in St. Louis and now Stanford), startups (Growth Networks and others), a large company (Cisco), a top tier venture capital firm (NEA), and a federal funding agency (NSF).

Before Stanford, Guru spent four years at National Science Foundation (NSF) and worked with the broader research community and NSF CISE team to champion and create programs such as GENI, Future Internet Design, and Network of Sensor Systems. He received NSF Director’s award for Program Management excellence.

Guru received PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1987. He is a recipient of Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award from the University of Delaware.


November 7, 2012
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm