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“Beijing, the Packet Has Landed”

May 15, 2014
Rick Bauer
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[caption id="attachment_1213" align="alignleft" width="300"]ONF members in Beijing celebrate controlling switches in Indiana ONF members in Beijing celebrate controlling switches in Indiana[/caption]

Trans-Pacific OpenFlow® 1.3 at the ONF PlugFest

At 7:35 p.m. Eastern US time on Tuesday, May 14, 2014, and at precisely 12 hours later the next day, five ONF member switches at a PlugFest in Beijing were able to let four controllers at InCNTRE in Indianapolis, Indiana, know all about them.

It was “trans-Pacific OpenFlow® 1.3,” if you will.

Okay, so it wasn’t Tranquility Base, the Eagle landing, and one small step for mankind...

Got to tell you, though. It was still pretty darn cool.

[caption id="attachment_1214" align="alignright" width="300"]ONF teams at the InCNTRE lab are now managing traffic half a world away in China ONF teams at the InCNTRE lab are now managing traffic half a world away in China[/caption]

Great work from Netronome, NoviFlow, and HP over on this side of the world, and controllers and switches from ZTE, HC3, xNet, Centec, and newest member Digital China Networks (DCN) in Beijing. Mike Haugh from Ixia, who serves as the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group chair, remarked that “it was definitely impressive to see the control plane managing products a half of a world away. We still have a ways to go with actual applications, but we’re moving toward that for upcoming PlugFests.”

The teams in Indianapolis and Beijing were clapping and slapping each other on the back, and the WebEx and webcam videos of everyone were pretty cool.

Just shows what you can do when you order Chinese food in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Of course, we’re not quite sure what people in Beijing order when they want to pretend they are in Indiana.

They probably just drink milk… it does a packet good.

- Rick Bauer, Technical Program Manager

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