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Will you be one of the first to test out the new GÉANT OpenFlow Facility? – Here’s your chance to try it out for free!

The GEANT OpenFlow team are looking to a researcher team to try out the new pilot OpenFlow network for a month free-of-charge. Will your project be able to benefit from this unique opportunity?

OpenFlow has been conceived by the academic community to provide a way for researchers to run experimental protocols in the networks they use every day. Originating from campus environments, OpenFlow has obtained significant recognition among Research and Education Networks in the last years. Many of the innovations from OpenFlow research are expected to have a major effect on the future direction of Internet networking.

The GÉANT OpenFlow Facility pilot has been recently established to provide to researchers/end-users access to OpenFlow-enabled virtual networks over the GÉANT backbone. Each user/user group can get their own dedicated virtual network in the form of a slice, composed of network links and network resources as well as computing resources.  An advanced control and management framework (OCF), made available by the OFELIA project, will enable researchers/experimenters from various research areas in the pilot to create, reconfigure and delete slices instantaneously through a user-friendly GUI. 

Through GÉANT, researchers will have the unique opportunity to access an OpenFlow-enabled testbed with long-distance links across European locations and benefit from a real-world wide area environment for their experimentation.

Be a part of the pilot – for free
As part of the proof-of-concept activities for this innovative service, GEANT is offering one researcher or team the opportunity to experiment on an OpenFlow enabled testbed completely free of charge. The contest winner will be a real-world user/researcher or group that will be provided with access to a slice on the GÉANT OpenFlow Facility for a month and be able to use the facility for their own research/experimentation project. The winner will collaborate with the GN3 team during the slice set-up and experimentation time, by providing feedback on the experience, and to help test out the current facility.

As well as gaining early access to the facility for experimentation, one member of the winning team will also get an expenses paid trip to a GÉANT-affiliated workshop/symposium in 2013. The winner will be invited to present his experience, findings and value of the facility usage in their research at the event

GEANT 2012 Symposium, Vienna
How to enter
The proposals submitted should describe their use-case concept and experimentation methodology, information on the expertise and background of the researchers involved, and the expected results by the demonstration of their use case. Proposals will be evaluated to identify the one whose context is most suitable to a wide-area OpenFlow facility, such as that of GÉANT.

The contest will be closed on 22 February 2013, 17:00 Brussels time. Only proposals submitted, in English, to by that time will be considered for the evaluation process. Proposals can be submitted by individual researchers or groups. Please note that each participant may submit only one proposal in the Contest. The winner will be announced on 26 February 2013 and will be provided with one month’s access to the GÉANT’s OpenFlow Facility to implement and demonstrate their use case.

Additional information about the competition including entry requirements and FAQs can be downloaded here:
 OpenFlow Competition Details
 OpenFlow Competition - Proposal Submission Guidelines

Winners of the GÉANT OpenFlow competition announced

After a very successful competition, the GEANT OpenFlow team is proud to announce the results of the slice contest which closed on the 22nd of February.
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