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NEC Releases New OpenFlow Network Operating System to R&D Community - Accelerating R&D into Advanced Networking Architectures in U.S. and Japanese Universities -


*** For immediate use February 1st 2011

Tokyo, February 1st 2011 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the release of network control platform software to research organizations around the world, enabling new network innovations that can be applied to cloud services, telecommunication and enterprise networks. As a first step of the release, the software has been provided to Stanford University, KIT (Kyushu Institute of Technology) and JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) for experimentation and evaluation.

The platform enables sophisticated control of switches and routers that support the 1.0 specification of the OpenFlow protocol (http://www.openflowswitch.org/). The OpenFlow protocol enables external control of routers and switches through an open interface. The NEC OpenFlow controller aggregates the control of OpenFlow equipment into a single platform and provides a programmable interface for the entire infrastructure as a unified network operating system.

The platform will accelerate the pace of innovation in network research. "NEC's network operating system enables the continuous evolution of network architecture. We expect a sort of natural selection process whereby some architectures quickly disappear and others become popular," says Hideyuki Shimonishi, Principle Researcher at NEC.

"We are proud to support open network standards with this release of the NEC OpenFlow controller platform. The NEC research team has been an early innovator in OpenFlow enabled switching. We strongly support innovations for future network with this release of OpenFlow Controller software," stated Toshiyuki Kanoh, General Manager, System Platforms Research Laboratories at NEC.

Prof. Masato Tsuru, a researcher with Kyushu Institute of Technology stated, "The NEC OpenFlow platform provides a capable and fully featured OpenFlow controller, backed by the dedicated team at NEC. We will use the platform in the research we are conducting in store-and-forwarded networking and its management architecture."

The release continues NEC's leadership in OpenFlow related research. NEC's OpenFlow enabled switches are used by 17 Universities and Researcher institutions worldwide. The controller platform will form the basis of products to be announced later this year.

This work was partly supported by Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in R&D of Green Network Basic Technology program.

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