This course introduces software defined networking, an emerging paradigm in computer networking that allows a logically centralized software program to control the behavior of an entire network.
Separating a network's control logic from the underlying physical routers and switches that forward traffic allows network operators to write high-level control programs that specify the behavior of an entire network, in contrast to conventional networks, whereby network operators must codify functionality in terms of low-level device configuration.
Logically centralized network control makes it possible for operators to specify more complex tasks that involve integrating many disjoint network functions (e.g., security, resource control, prioritization) into a single control framework, allowing network operators to create more sophisticated policies, and making network configurations easier to configure, manage, troubleshoot, and debug.
This course provides a path for students with a broad diversity in backgrounds to learn programming and computer science, including those considering a computer science major. Students will use a problem-driven approach to build complex, interactive software systems. The course includes an introduction to a wide variety of issues relating to software, including design, problem-solving, development processes, and broader issues such as security, performance, and ethics.
Class Location and Time:
Fridays, 11:00am-12:30pm, ES&T L1118
Technology Requirements: You must bring a laptop to every class. If you would like to take the course, but do not have access to a laptop, contact the instructor as a small number of "loaner" laptops for class time may be available for this purpose.
The course will meet once a week for two hours. The course will be offered in a "flipped" style, with students watching video lectures before coming to class. Classroom time will be used for discussion and in-class lab time.
The first hour of each session will be devoted to paper and topic discussion. You should read the paper, watch the videos, and participate in online discussion before coming to class.
The second hour of the course will allow for class-time to gain hands-on experience with SDN-related tools and concepts.
Optional assignments for the course will be lab-based programming assignments, likely building off of the Mininet software developed at Stanford University, which can run SDNs in emulated environments on networks of virtual machines.
Grading is based on participation and completion of a group research/programming project involving SDN.
The project can be done in groups of any size, subject to approval of the instructor. Important milestones:
||Virtual Box Setup|
||Mininet Custom Topology|
||Control-Plane Applications:Firewalls and more|
||Click in Mininet|
||Pyretic and PyResonance Applications|
|November 15||Project Presentations||Project Presentations|