At the GENI Engineering Conference 9 last week in Washington DC there were a number of demos based on OpenFlow in both the demo session on Tuesday evening as well as during the plenary on Wednesday morning . In fact, it was very exciting to see how the majority of the demos at least in the plenary session were using OpenFlow as well as the Slicing infrastructure that GENI uses to manage its OpenFlow based networks. In the research community, OpenFlow is on its way to becoming the tool of choice for innovative new networking research and large scale experimentation.
For a complete list, have a look at the List of Plenary Demos and the List of Posters on the GPO Web Site. One of the most amazing demos from the demo floor was Indiana Universitie’s GlobalNOC WorldView in 3D. If Minority Report meets network management, this is how it would look like.
The Stanford OpenFlow team was present with two demos. The updated Load Balancing demo used VoIP to allow the audience to participate vie their cell phones. It also used a much larger topology spanning 10 local networks that spanned the continent and the National Lambda Rail backbone. It was followed by a new mobile handover demo from Stanford. It showed video streaming from a golf cart driving around the Stanford Campus. Stanford’s OpenFlow Network allowed the mobile client to make simultaneous use of multiple WiFi base stations and the Stanford WiMax deployment, without needing Mobile IP or any other similar solution. Demo pages for both demos should be up in the next weeks and we’ll post here again.
Congratulations to all the teams at GEC9! This was definitely the most impressive set of demos I have ever seen at GEC, and possibly at any networking conference.