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Get hands-on with the platforms and development tools used to build OpenFlow network applications
OpenFlow is an open interface for remotely controlling tables in network switches, routers, and access points. It is considered a turning point in Software Defined Networking (SDN), data center networking and virtualization as, more secure and efficient data centers are being built using OpenFlow. It defines a protocol that lets a controller use a common set of instructions to add, modify, or delete entries in a switch's forwarding table.
Starting with an introduction to SDN and OpenFlow, you will learn about the role of each building block, moving onto demonstrations of how SDN/OpenFlow can be used to provide new services and features, which will change the way that networking works and the innovative business impacts. By the end of this practical guide, you will have an insight into the Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow fundamentals.
Packed with detail, this book will walk you through the essentials; you will learn about the OpenFlow protocol, switches, and controllers. Following on from this, you will be taken through a number of practical, hands-on examples on how to use a network emulation platform called OpenFlow laboratory. You will learn how to develop your innovative network application using the OpenFlow controllers API quickly, and test your network application without commissioning any OpenFlow hardware equipment. You will also be introduced to the concept of Software Defined Networking and the details of OpenFlows protocol, along with the building blocks of an OpenFlow networking deployment. This book will teach you how to setup your OpenFlow/SDN laboratory using state-of-the-art technology and open source offerings.
What you will learn from this book
A step-by-step, example-based guide which will help you gain hands-on experience with the platforms and debugging tools on OpenFlow
Who this book is written for
If you are a network engineer, architect, junior researcher or an application developer, this book is ideal for you. You will need to have some level of network experience, knowledge of broad networking concepts, and some familiarity with day- to- day operation of computer networks. Ideally, you should also be familiar with programing scripting/languages (especially Python and Java), and system virtualization.
Siamak Azodolmolky received his Computer Engineering degree from Tehran University and his first MSc. degree in Computer Architecture from Azad University in 1994 and 1998 respectively. He was employed by Data Processing Iran Co. (IBM in Iran) as a Software Developer, Systems Engineer, and as a Senior R&D Engineer during 1992-2001. He received his second MSc. degree with distinction from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. He joined Athens Information Technology (AIT) as a Research Scientist and Software Developer in 2007, while pursuing his PhD degree. In August 2010, he joined the High Performance Networks research group of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) of the University of Essex as a Senior Research Officer. He received his PhD (with cum laude) from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya UPC in 2011. He has been the technical investigator of various national and EU funded projects. Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been one of his research interests since 2010, in which he has been investigating the extension of OpenFlow towards its application in core transport (optical) networks. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in international conferences, journals, and books. Currently, he is with Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) as a Senior Researcher and has lead SDN related activities since September 2012. He is a professional member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE.
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