Publications and Presentations About OSCARS


Abhinava Sadasivarao, Sharfuddin Syed, Chris Liou, Ping Pan, Andrew Lake, Chin Guok, Inder Monga, “Open Transport Switch - A Software Defined Networking Architecture for Transport Networks”, August 17, 2013,


There have been a lot of proposals to unify the control and management of packet and circuit networks but none have been deployed widely. In this paper, we propose a sim- ple programmable architecture that abstracts a core transport node into a programmable virtual switch, that meshes well with the software-defined network paradigm while leverag- ing the OpenFlow protocol for control. A demonstration use-case of an OpenFlow-enabled optical virtual switch im- plementation managing a small optical transport network for big-data applications is described. With appropriate exten- sions to OpenFlow, we discuss how the programmability and flexibility SDN brings to packet-optical backbone networks will be substantial in solving some of the complex multi- vendor, multi-layer, multi-domain issues service providers face today. 


Abhinava Sadasivarao, Sharfuddin Syed, Ping Pan, Chris Liou, Andy Lake, Chin Guok, Inder Monga, Open Transport Switch: A Software Defined Networking Architecture for Transport Networks, Workshop, August 16, 2013,

Presentation at HotSDN Workshop as part of SIGCOMM 2013


M. Boddie, T. Entel, C. Guok, A. Lake, J. Plante, E. Pouyoul, B. H. Ramaprasad, B. Tierney, J. Triay, V. M. Vokkarane, On Extending ESnet's OSCARS with a Multi-Domain Anycast Service, IEEE ONDM 2012, December 2012,

I. Monga, E. Pouyoul, C. Guok, Software-Define Networking for Big-Data Science – Arthictectural Models from Campus to the WAN, SC12: IEEE HPC, November 2012,

C.Guok, E, Chaniotakis, A. Lake, OSCARS Production Deployment Experiences, GLIF NSI Operationalization Meeting, October 2012,

Bill Johnston, Some ESnet Observations on Using and Managing OSCARS Point-to-Point Circuit, LHCONE / LHCOPN meeting, May 2012,

C. Guok, I. Monga, IDCP and NSI: Lessons Learned, Deployments and Gap Analysis, OGF 34, March 2012,

T. Lehman, C. Guok, Advanced Resource Computation for Hybrid Service and TOpology Networks (ARCHSTONE), DOE ASCR PI Meeting, March 2012,

Chin Guok, Evolution of OSCARS, Joint Techs, January 23, 2012,

On-demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS) has evolved tremendously since its conception as a DOE funded project to ESnet back in 2004. Since then, it has grown from a research project to a collaborative open-source software project with production deployments in several R&E networks including ESnet and Internet2. In the latest release of OSCARS as version 0.6, the software was redesigned to flexibly accommodate both research and production needs. It is being used currently by several research projects to study path computation algorithms, and demonstrate multi-layer circuit management. Just recently, OSCARS 0.6 was leveraged to support production level bandwidth management in the ESnet ANI 100G prototype network, SCinet at SC11 in Seattle, and the Internet2 DYNES project. This presentation will highlight the evolution of OSCARS, activities surrounding OSCARS v0.6 and lessons learned, and share with the community the roadmap for future development that will be discussed within the open-source collaboration.


C. Guok, OSCARS, GENI Project Office Meeting, May 2011,

William E. Johnston, Motivation, Design, Deployment and Evolution of a Guaranteed Bandwidth Network Service, TERENA Networking Conference, 16 - 19 May, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic, May 16, 2011,

Tom Lehman, Xi Yang, Nasir Ghani, Feng Gu, Chin Guok, Inder Monga, and Brian Tierney, “Multilayer Networks: An Architecture Framework”, IEEE Communications Magazine, May 9, 2011,

Neal Charbonneau, Vinod M. Vokkarane, Chin Guok, Inder Monga, “Advance Reservation Frameworks in Hybrid IP-WDM Networks”, IEEE Communications Magazine, May 9, 2011, 59, Issu:132-139,

Inder Monga, Chin Guok, William E. Johnston, and Brian Tierney, “Hybrid Networks: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges Based on ESnet4 Experience”, IEEE Communications Magazine, May 1, 2011,


Chaitanya S. K. Vadrevu, Massimo Tornatore, Chin P. Guok, Inder Monga, A Heuristic for Combined Protection of IP Services and Wavelength Services in Optical WDM Networks, IEEE ANTS 2010, December 2010,

C. Guok, OSCARS Roadmap, OGF 28; DICE Control Plane WG, May 2010,

C. Guok, I. Monga, Composible Network Service Framework, ESCC, February 2010,


C. Guok, ESnet OSCARS, DOE Joint Engineering Taskforce, February 2009,


Chin Guok, David Robertson, Evangelos Chaniotakis, Mary Thompson, William Johnston, Brian Tierney, A User Driven Dynamic Circuit Network Implementation, IEEE DANMS 2008, November 2008,

Chin P. Guok, Jason R. Lee, Karlo Berket, “Improving The Bulk Data Transfer Experience”, International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology 2008 - Vol. 3, No.1 pp. 46 - 53, January 1, 2008,


C. Guok, Impact of ESnet OSCARS and Collaborative Projects, SC07, November 2007,

“Measurements On Hybrid Dedicated Bandwidth Connections”, INFOCOM 2007, IEEE (TCHSN/ONTC), May 1, 2007,


Tom Lehman , Xi Yang, Chin P. Guok, Nageswara S. V. Rao, Andy Lake, John Vollbrecht, Nasir Ghani, “Control Plane Architecture and Design Considerations for Multi-Service, Multi-Layer, Multi-Domain Hybrid Networks”, INFOCOM 2007, IEEE (TCHSN/ONTC), May 1, 2007,


Chin Guok, David Robertson, Mary Thompson, Jason Lee, Brian Tierney and William Johnston, “Intra and Interdomain Circuit Provisioning Using the OSCARS Reservation System”, Third International Conference on Broadband Communications Networks, and Systems, IEEE/ICST, October 1, 2006,

ESnet On-demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS), Google invited talk; Advanced Networking for Distributed Petascale Science Workshop; IEEE GridNets; QUILT Fall Fiber Workshop, 2008, 2006,