Last June, Extreme Networks, in partnership with US Ignite, announced the year-long Extreme SDN Innovation Challenge.
The project’s goal is to tap into the powerful ideas coming from higher education institutions from coast to coast with application development that will result in real-world SDN applications focused on the areas of public safety, education, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, e-government, the Internet of Things (IoT), and clean energy. The judging panel will award three prizes for applications that leverage the Extreme Networks SDN platform that best drive innovation. A terrific selection of entry proposals from teams of students were submitted for us to review. Students participating came from some of the country’s top universities where technology and engineering are powering the future.
From those submissions, the judges have selected the 9 finalists whose projects would be requested be made into complete and working SDN applications. The final judging will take place during the last week in May, after the judging panel reviews the final submissions and videos. The awards presentation will happen Monday, June 1st in Washington D.C., at the NIST and US Ignite event, the Global City Teams Challenge, an initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment.
SDN Innovation Challenge Finalists:
Team UCI DSM
Mission-critical applications in Public Safety, Environmental/Earth Sensing, and Healthcare Monitoring need to run on highly resilient network infrastructure. To address this challenge, Team UCI DSM is building an SDN application for unified end-to-end management of sensors and traditional infrastructure network.
Smart city applications, such as emergency reporting from a crowded public venue today, require that bandwidth and network resources be shared with social media sites such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and YouTube. The network needs to be smart enough to differentiate between emergency traffic and automatically prioritize it over less urgent traffic. Team EPB is developing an SDN application that will intelligently redirect traffic over either a best-effort route or an expedited route based on the destination URL of the video feed.
SDN creates intelligent networks by making them dynamically programmable to the needs of applications enabling communications, IoT and more. Dynamic programmability is a double-edged sword because it may also expose the network to new security violations caused by dynamic packet modifications. Team FlowGuard will demonstrate a robust Firewall Virtualized Network Function (VNF) for SDN networks that will act both as a packet filter and an end-to-end policy checker for security vulnerabilities.
Team NAS – Network Administration Simplified
Team NAS is addressing network vulnerabilities that arise from static network configurations. Team NAS is building a vulnerability-proof network administration SDN application that will proactively detect network configurations that lead to security vulnerabilities and reject them from being committed to the network.
There is a substantial need to empower the next-generation of network engineers to validate their ideas on real-world networks. Team MarTech will demonstrate an SDN application for real-world network emulation in research and education labs. Users of this application will have the ability to inject network problems artificially to study the impact on applications. They can also test new topology ideas without having to worry about breaking the network.
If green data centers are a concern, team DireWolves is addressing it with an energy-optimizer SDN application that intelligently consolidates & routes network traffic over an optimized set of network paths such that unused network paths are disabled for energy savings. This application can scale-up and scale-down the use of the network to right size it to the traffic demands.
Team Packet Busters
Every application demands network recovery in the event of a failure but are all recovery needs equal? What if we could provide a better experience on a shared network by ensuring less packet drop rate for a Tele-surgery application but minimum latency for a Public Safety application? Team Packet Busters from NCSU tackles this challenge by writing a recovery-as-a-service SDN application that implements 3 different recovery algorithms for different application needs.
What if servers hosting ObamaCare health coverage insurance could scale-up with more simultaneous hits? Team NCSU is building a Load-balancer virtual network function SDN application that monitors the load on the network and uses that as a trigger to route traffic to additional servers scaling up capacity as traffic increases and scaling it down as traffic decreases.
Team NC Wolves
Team NC Wolves is building an SDN application that will incorporate delay constraints in network path computation to provide enhanced Quality-of-Experience (QoE) specifically designed for real-time applications such as Audio/Video Conferencing, Interactive distributed games & Remote Manufacturing.