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NEC Successfully Conducts a Trans-Pacific Demonstration of Programmable Flow Switch Prototypes to Enable Future Internet Innovations - Live Demonstration at the 3rd GENI Engineering Conference -

 

(Attachment 1): Programmable flow switch

Programmable flow switches have attracted a great deal of attention as a leading technology that will drive a variety of innovations for future data centers or networks. The switches allow users to execute on-demand definition and/or modification of networking functions according to a wide range of needs. The following provides detail on programmable network environments (Figure 1) delivered by OpenFlow specifications.

1. On-demand infrastructure construction
Architecture in which switch/virtual machines and control servers are separately implemented and connected with an open protocol. This architecture facilitates highly sophisticated services via network-intensive applications as a result of user ability to easily and quickly design software programs to control network and computer/storage resources.

2. Backward compatibility with existing networks and infrastructure virtualization
Virtualization functionality for incorporating the software and hardware of existing network equipment with programmable flow switch technology that allows smooth transition from existing systems to future network systems. Innovative research activities are accelerated by constructing virtual infrastructure that may be configured for each service/user.


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