Indiana University positions self as home base for Software-Defined Networking

Working with Open Networking Foundation on SDN Interoperability Lab

Indiana University is hatching a new initiative, with the ever-so-catchy name of the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE), which will include an interoperability lab for testing how different vendors' Software-Defined Networking (SDN) products work together. This will include products using the OpenFlow protocol that was such a hot topic at the recent Interop conference in Las Vegas.

"This center will build collaborations among faculty, students, researchers, and the private sector to drive network innovation," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, in a statement.

SDN is designed to put more control over network architectures into the hands of network operators and also allows researchers to experiment with new large-scale network applications without mucking up production networks.

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Indiana University will work with the recently formed Open Networking Foundation to come up with tests to run at the SDN Interoperability Lab. The ONF's members include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Extreme Networks and others.

InCNTRE complements Indiana University's recently announced partnership with Internet2 and Stanford University's Clean Slate Project to launch the Network Design and Development Initiative.

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