July 09, 2012, 2:50 PM — Internet2 is nearing completion of its
OpenFlow-enabled 100G Ethernet
software-defined network for testing service delivery of applications for Big Data compilation and
research, among others.
At this week's Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs meeting at Stanford University in Pal Alto, Calif., 300
Internet2 network engineers will collaborate to define the technologies and capabilities that will bring about the
Innovation Platform, which Internet2 touts as the U.S.'s first open SDN network. To date, more than 20 Internet2
member universities and regional networks have asked to become collaborators in piloting the platform, the
Access links will be 10G and 100G Ethernet. Internet2 has already written an OpenFlow-based SDN application for
Layer 2 VLAN provisioning.
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The latest infrastructure additions are 100G Ethernet OpenFlow-enabled routers from Brocade and Juniper at 35 to
45 sites. Brocade's MLX and NetIron systems, and Juniper's MX series routers will enable programmatic control of
the Innovation Platform from an open source NOX SDN
controller to facilitate scale and intelligent service delivery, according to Internet2.
As an SDN, the Innovation Platform is designed to advance education, university businesses, and global Big Data
collaborative research outcomes to enable new research initiatives and new cycles of global economic development,
according to Internet2. The programmability aspect will enable further innovation in application development across
a community of developers as well, the organization asserts, by allowing network 'slicing,' or the ability to
isolate subsets of the network for application development.
It may also allow Internet2 to build an SDN "application store" to allow developers to offer new applications on
a trial basis to the research and education community.
"The Internet2 community sees software-defined networking as much of the same transformative opportunity that we
saw with the original Internet," says Rob Vietzke, vice president of network services for Internet2. "We're making
a fairly big investment in building this new nationwide SDN environment as a platform for software