ENDEAVOUR @ MAKI Scientific Workshop 2016

Marco Canini gave an invited talk at the MAKI – Scientific Workshop 2016 titled Towards a Flexible Software-Defined Network Ecosystem, where he presented some of the ongoing activities of the project. This is the abstract of the talk:

The next generation of networks will need to offer capabilities far beyond the current Internet to accommodate the requirements for global-scale interconnection of Internet-of-Things devices and cyber-physical systems such as smart cities, smart grids, and autonomous automobiles. This requires a transformation of existing, rigid infrastructure into Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI): deeply programmable, highly interconnected, virtualized systems spanning many administrative domains. Current echnological trends such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (SDN) and Programmable Dataplanes are key enablers to this transformation.Software-Defined eXchanges (SDXes) are emerging as interconnection points between multiple SDI domains and promise to significantly increase the flexibility and function of interdomain traffic delivery.

This talk will present one particular approach, as embodied within the H2020 ENDEAVOUR project, to enable the next generation of programmatic network services in SDXes. We discuss the design and implementation of iSDX, the first SDX architecture that can operate at the scale of the largest Internet eXchange Points (IXPs). Our public release of iSDX, complete with tutorials and documentation, is already spurring early adoption in operational networks.Further, we discuss the design of SIXPACK, a Route Server (RS) service that leverages Secure Multi-Party Computation (SMPC) techniques to keep peering policies confidential, while realizing the same functionalities as today's RSes. We conclude with a series of challenges in achieving the above vision, which will require a sound understanding of the formal foundations about SDXes as well as interdisciplinary research investigating the role of SDXes in addressing major societal problems.