Software Defined Networks – a joint Jisc/TOUCAN meeting and workshop

9th-10th September 2015 (Engineer’s House, Bristol)

A two-day meeting and workshop focusing on R&D on Software Defined Networks took place on the 9-10 September 2015 in Engineers’ House, Bristol (with the choice to attend only one day or both).  Approximately 45 researchers and collaborators from all across the UK and Europe attended.

This event was jointly provided by Jisc and the EPSRC funded TOUCAN project, led by the University of Bristol.  The aims were to help delegates to better understand SDN technology while exploring the opportunities for engagement using Janet and other network infrastructures.

On Day 1, the opportunity was to get a better understanding of SDNs and Openflow and to explore the different national infrastructures available to support research and development in this area – these include Janet SDN testbed and TOUCANLab, Janet Aurora and the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (NDFIS).  Campus deployments such as the InfoLab at the University of Lancaster were also discussed, and there was plenty of scope during day 1 for open discussions.

On Day 2, the TOUCAN project and other SDN research projects in the UK and EU were introduced.  Participants were given the chance to explore opportunities to engage with these projects and explore SDN in the UK.  The second day also had a much stronger research and technical focus.

Below are a few photos of the event:-