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ONUG, New York University Open Testing Facility for SDN Research

April 01, 2016

New York University and the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) made headlines within the SDN community, as the two organizations have formed a new testing facility for software-defined infrastructure research.  

The NYU Open Networking Lab will offer a space for members of the ONUG community to explore “research-driven solutions” in the areas of SD-WAN architectures, SDN-powered next-gen IoT platforms, and programmable cellular networks.

“We see the Open Networking Lab as another means through which ONUG can drive the industry transition to software-managed infrastructure,” said Nick Lippis, co-chairman and co-founder of ONUG in a press statement. “This collaboration with NYU furthers our commitment to encouraging, and now enabling, ground-breaking developments in open infrastructures and provides the community with a vehicle for SDN market development.”

The topic of Software Defined Networking (SDN) has attracted a great deal of attention from service providers, enterprises, and the tech industry as a whole.  Controlling and managing networks has become rather complicated, and network operators are struggling to cope with integration of different types of networks while meeting the challenges of increasing traffic. SDN is a promising paradigm solution that can change the way networking is done.

With this new lab, there is opportunity for graduate students and ONUG community members to facilitate research on SDN technologies.

“NYU is an ideal home for ONUG's newest lab. Located in the heart of New York City, NYU is a leading university that values both technical excellence and exploration,” said Subramanian. “By including participants from ONUG’s vendor community in conjunction with academia, the Open Networking Lab offers a unique collaboration opportunity to jointly explore the future building blocks of software-defined infrastructure.”

Social media, mobile devices, and cloud computing are pushing traditional networks to their limits. Computing and storage have benefited from incredible innovations in virtualization and automation, but those benefits are constrained by limitations in the network.

SDN has the potential to revolutionize legacy data centers by providing a flexible way to control the network so it can function more like the virtualized versions of computing and storage today. The NYU Open Networking lab will allow the community to explore solutions to these challenges.

It is supported through collaborations with ONUG member companies.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson