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OFNLR Project Status Report

Period: 2010-Q2

This project will deploy and operate OpenFlow-enabled HP Procurve 6600 switches at 5 NLR PoPs and interconnect NLR’s FrameNet network to the GENI OpenFlow-enabled backbone, permitting members and non-members of NLR to connect to GENI OpenFlow services.

I. Major accomplishments

A. Milestones achieved

Currently in process:

  • OFNLR: S2.b Lab test OpenFlow 1.0 capable switch and controller
  • OFNLR: S2.c Deploy OpenFlow switches to five POPs
  • OFNLR: S2.d Engineer and test regional network connections

B. Deliverables made

  • Equipment installation planning completed
  • Switches and supporting components acquired
  • Switches deployed to 4 of the 5 PoP locations

II. Description of work performed during last quarter

A. Activities and findings

  • Equipment planning and installation
    • Verified availability of rack space, AC power, and cooling in each of the designated PoPs
    • Generated optical engineering design and verified available optical wavelength and slotting capacity throughout the Layer 1 WaveNet path
    • Confirmed availability of Layer 2 FrameNet ports and optics and out-of-band ports
    • Generated installation and cross-connect orders
    • Switches installed in Atlanta, Sunnyvale, Seattle, and Chicago
  • Switch and system components ordering
    • Selected HP 6600-24G-4XG switch
    • Used the information from the “Equipment planning and installation” activity to generate component purchase list
    • Placed orders for all equipment
  • Planning for GEC8 demo

B. Project participants

  • PI: Glenn Ricart, NLR CEO
  • Grover Browning, NLR Director of Engineering and Operations
  • Andrew Lee, Network Engineer
  • Ron Milford, Network Engineer
  • Chris Small, Systems Engineer
  • Kathy Benninger, Project Manager

C. Publications (individual and organizational)

D. Outreach activities

E. Collaborations

  • GPO/Stanford/IU collaboration and discussion led to:
    • Choosing an OpenFlow-enabled switch with primarily 1GbE ports for direct connections
    • Adding Layer 2 FrameNet connections to all OpenFlow switches
  • GPO/Internet2
    • NLR Internet 2 backbone connection planning in Atlanta

F. Other Contributions