ESnet, Infinera Demonstrate Dynamic Control of Optical Transport using Software-Defined Networking

November 29, 2012

DOE’s ESnet and Infinera, a manufacturer of high capacity optical transmission equipment, demonstrated a prototype Software Defined Network (SDN) Open Transport Switch (OTS) capable of dynamically controlling bandwidth services. The demonstration marked the first time SDN was used to configure the network at the optical layer and was done using an extension to the OpenFlow protocol. SDN is an emerging field in which software is used to create simple and powerful abstractions that allow application-driven configuration and control of the various layers of the network. Read the news release.