Stringer, J., Pemberton, D., Fu, Q., Lorier, C., Nelson, R., Bailey, J., … Rothenberg, C. E. (2014). Cardigan: SDN distributed routing fabric going live at an Internet exchange. In Proc IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication. Funchal, Madeira, Portugal: IEEE. http://doi.org/10.1109/ISCC.2014.6912501
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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an active area for network research, with many organizations exploring the opportunities provided by the decoupling of network control from packet forwarding. However, questions remain over the operation of such systems in production. In order to build operational confidence, we built Cardigan -a distributed router using OpenFlow-and deployed it at a public Internet exchange. Cardigan applies a routing as a service abstraction to a RouteFlow controlled IP network in an effort to reduce operational complexity. The implementation and deployment efforts provide insights into the challenges involved with using these technologies, and suggests the viability of mixed device environments despite the limitations of early OpenFlow implementations.
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