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Future Internet 2014, 6(2), 302-336; doi:10.3390/fi6020302

Software-Defined Networking Using OpenFlow: Protocols, Applications and Architectural Design Choices

Department of Computer Science, University of Tuebingen, Sand 13, Tuebingen 72076, Germany
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Received: 16 January 2014 / Revised: 12 April 2014 / Accepted: 25 April 2014 / Published: 12 May 2014
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Abstract

We explain the notion of software-defined networking (SDN), whose southbound interface may be implemented by the OpenFlow protocol. We describe the operation of OpenFlow and summarize the features of specification versions 1.0–1.4. We give an overview of existing SDN-based applications grouped by topic areas. Finally, we point out architectural design choices for SDN using OpenFlow and discuss their performance implications.
Keywords: software-defined networking; OpenFlow; control plane; network applications software-defined networking; OpenFlow; control plane; network applications
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Braun, W.; Menth, M. Software-Defined Networking Using OpenFlow: Protocols, Applications and Architectural Design Choices. Future Internet 2014, 6, 302-336.

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