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ALIEN is co-organizing EWSDN 2014

EWSDN2014

ALIEN is co-organizing European Workshop on Software Defined Networking (EWSDN 2014) together with the FP7 project UNIFY. The workshop will be held in Budapest, Hungary between September 1st and September 3rd, 2014.

Call for Demos and Posters for EWSDN 2014 is open with a deadline on 5 July.

For more information visit: http://www.ewsdn.eu/

The 3rd ALIEN project meeting

 

The 3rd ALIEN project meeting took place on 3-5 February at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain.

The meeting was primarily devoted to WP1, WP6 and WP5, with some additional discussion on FIA Athens 2014 ALIEN presence and the ALIEN Workshop at EWSDN 2014. The project amendment has been discussed and agreed among all partners. Last day was dedicated to the software development meeting, with a focus on WP3 and AMsoil.

 

 

 

Publications

Articles

  1. A. Zaalouk, K. Pentikousis, “Network Configuration in OpenFlow Networks”, Proc. MONAMI 2014, Wuerzburg, Germany, September 2014.
  2. R. Rajewski, B. Belter, at al., “ALIEN – warstwa abstracji dla urządzeń niezgodnych z OpenFlow w sieciach SDN”. Przegląd Telekomunikacyjny, no. 8-9, Sep 2014, pp. 1297-1304 (Polish).
  3. M. Michalski, T. Sielach, “Implementacja moduł kart NetFPGA 1G I NetFPGA 10G w xDPd” (in Polish), Przegląd Telekomunikacyjny, no. 8-9, September 2014, pp. 1305-1312.
  4. M. Michalski, “Karty NetFPGA jako podstawa sprzętowego pomiaru czasu transmisji ramek Ethernetowych w przełącznikach OpenFlow” (in Polish), Przegląd Telekomunikacyjny, no. 8-9, September 2014, pp. 1313-1320.
  5. R. Doriguzzi Corin, E. Salvadori, et al., “A Datapath-centric Virtualization Mechanism for OpenFlow Networks”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  6. U. Toseef, A. Zaalouk, et al., “C-BAS: Certificate-based AAA for SDN Experimental Facilities”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  7. B. Belter, A. Binczewski, et al.,”Programmable Abstraction of Datapath”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  8. R. Clegg, et al., “Pushing Software Defined Networking to the access”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  9. V. Fuentes, J. Matias, et al., “Integrating complex legacy systems under OpenFlow control: The DOCSIS use case”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  10. D. Parniewicz, R. Doriguzzi Corin, et al., “Design and implementation of an OpenFlow hardware abstraction layer”, Proc. SIGCOMM DCC 2014, Chicago, USA, August 2014.
  11. B. Belter, A. Binczewski, et al., “Hardware Abstraction Layer on EZchip NP-3″, Proc. IEICE ICTF 2014, Poznan, Poland, May 2014.
  12. B. Belter, A. Binczewski, et al., “ALIEN Project – Abstraction Layer for Implementation of Extensions in programmable Networks”, Proc. IEICE ICTF 2014, Poznan, Poland, May 2014.
  13. M. Michalski, T. Sielach, “Adding Support for NetFPGA10G Cards in xDPd”, Proc. IEICE ICTF 2014, Poznan, Poland, May 2014.
  14. L. Ogrodowczyk, B. Belter, et al., “Hardware abstraction layer for non-OpenFlow capable devices”, In Proc. TERENA Networking Conference (TNC 2014), ISBN 978-90-77559-24-6, Dublin, Ireland, May 2014.
  15. J. Araujo, R. Landa, et al., “Software-defined network support for transport resilience” accepted for publication in NOMS 2014, Krakow, Poland, May 2014.
  16. “Empowering SDN: Hardware Abstraction Layer for non-OpenFlow equipment”, FIRE Magazine 2014 (journal), February 2014

Poster papers

  1. M. Suñe, V. Alvarez, et al.,”An OpenFlow Implementation for Network Processors”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  2. B. Belter, D. Parniewicz, et al., “Hardware Abstraction Layer as an SDN-enabler for non-OpenFlow network equipment”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.
  3. M. Santuari, R. Doriguzzi Corin, et al., “Leading the OFELIA Facility Beyond OpenFlow 1.0 Experimentations”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.

Demo papers

  1. D. Depaoli, R. Doriguzzi Corin, et al., “Demonstrating a Distributed and Version-agnostic OpenFlow Slicing Mechanism”, Proc. EWSDN 2014, Budapest, Hungary, September 2014.

Whitepapers

  1. Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
  2. Guidelines for the ALIEN HAL implementation – ALIEN Cookbook

 

About

ALIEN will deliver an innovative network abstraction mechanism targeting the control and management convergence and interoperability of heterogeneous network elements building strong foundations for Software Defined Networks.

Figure 1 – ALIEN architecture overview

To achieve this, ALIEN proposes to adopt the concept of Network Operating System (NOS), a distributed system running on top the hybrid, heterogeneous network infrastructure, which creates a global view of the network elements and their capability.

The NOS of ALIEN will be based on control and management framework of OFELIA FIRE facility. ALIEN will extend OpenFlow control framework of OFELIA and its architecture to support abstraction of network information of equipment that are alien to the OpenFlow technology such as optical network elements, legacy layer2 switches, network processors and programmable hardware (FPGA). Building on its novel NOS, ALIEN introduces the concept of the control program paradigm, which operates on the global view of the network. and support new network technologies in layer0, layer1 and layer 2 both in core and access.

The NOS of ALIEN utilizes a novel hardware description language as well as a functional abstraction mechanism for uniform representation of any type of network hardware and their capabilities/functionalities that doesn’t support OpenFLow (i.e. alien hardware). The language will describe capabilities of hardware, input and output signal format, and topology information to describe the pipelining of actions on specific hardware. The abstraction mechanism will hide hardware complexity as well as technology and vendor specific features from OpenFlow control framework.

ALIEN project aims to experimentally verify its solution for describing network device capabilities and controlling its forwarding behaviour of all OpenFlow and non-OpenFlow capable hardware simultaneously.

In summary, ALIEN is: