Software Defined Networking (SDN) for End-to-End Networked Science at the Exascale

SENSE architecture diagram (click to enlarge).

The SENSE project is building smart network services to accelerate scientific discovery in the era of big data driven by exascale, cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).

The project’s architecture, models, and demonstrated prototype define the mechanisms needed to dynamically build end-to-end virtual guaranteed networks across administrative domains with no manual intervention.

In addition, a highly intuitive "intent" based interface, as defined by the project, allows applications to express their high-level service requirements, and an intelligent, scalable model-based software orchestrator converts that intent into appropriate network services, configured across multiple types of devices.

With these capabilities, scientists can manage the network as a first-class, scheduled resource in much the same way as they now use instruments, compute, and storage. This, in turn, enables well-defined and highly tuned complex workflows that require close coupling of resources spread across a vast geographic footprint, for example in science domains like high-energy physics and basic energy sciences.

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