100G SDN Testbed

The ESnet 100G SDN testbed provides network researchers with a realistic environment for testing 100G application / middleware experiments. It also supports a several 10G paths for Software Defined Networking (SDN) experiments.

This testbed provides:

  • A rapidly reconfigurable high-performance network research environment that will enable researchers to accelerate the development and deployment of 100G networking through prototyping, testing, and validation of advanced networking concepts.
  • An experimental network environment for vendors, ISPs, and carriers to carry out interoperability tests necessary to implement end-to-end heterogeneous networking components (currently at layer-2/3 only).
  • Support for prototyping middleware and software stacks to enable the development and testing of 100G science applications.
  • A network test environment where reproducible tests can be run. Most network experiments are not reproducible due to the fact that controlling background traffic is not possible on production networks. Good science requires reproducibility to validate results
  • An experimental network environment that eliminates the need for network researchers to obtain funding to build their own network testbeds or use a laboratory environment to prove the viability of their innovative ideas.
  • A testbed facility with open access to all researchers. 

The testbed  supports a wide range of types of research, such as 

  • Software Defined Networking
  • Network protocol research,
  • High-throughput middleware and applications research,
  • Other innovative ideas.

The testbed will be continually evolving to add new capabilities and the updates will be added to the Testbed Description page.
Researchers from National Labs, Universities, and Industry wanting access to the ESnet Testbed must submit a 1-2 page proposal, described in the Proposal Process page.