Foundation Projects

Design, Development and Operation of a SDN-based Internet eXchange Playground for networkers

Universiti Malaya

Building an environment for processing large-scale BGP routing tutorials with dual stack is not an easy thing. With limited resources (especially in schools of South-east Asia), students are often using simulation software to conduct experiments on a standalone PC, which is not as real as an internet scenario. To overcome this difficulty, this project focuses on introducing Software-Defined Networking (SDN), IPv6, BGP, and Route Origin Validation (ROV) innovations, building a virtual Internet exchange playground, emulating SDN-based IXP operation, and re-allocating internet IPv6 resources to players for satisfying education and research purposes.   

The playground uses Kubernetes nodes scattered in different countries, which allows players to have a genuine experience in setting up cross-border topologies through VXLAN and running SDN controller in a WAN environment. The result is a free, useful, and convenient environment for collaborators to verify and evaluate their ideas and practices in a scale-up, real environment with Internet connectivity. With the collaboration among Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) and domestic Research and Education Networks (RENs), the project aims to popularize the study of SDN/BGP knowledge or techniques like how to optimize as well as evaluate them by using network analytics tools.

To enhance easy access, four on-line training, tutorials and seminars were conducted for participants to learn and play regarding SDN, FRR(BGP), RPKI/ROV, Advanced SDN using the deployed SDN-IXP playground.

More than 100 participants (with almost equal participation from women) from Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Bhutan, Laos and Malaysia, benefited from the training.