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Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN)

Ominike Akpovi A., Ebiesuwa Seun, Adebayo A. O., Osisanwo F. Y.. Published in Information Sciences

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors:Ominike Akpovi A., Ebiesuwa Seun, Adebayo A. O., Osisanwo F. Y.
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  1. Ominike Akpovi A., Ebiesuwa Seun, Adebayo A O. and Osisanwo F Y.. Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN). International Journal of Applied Information Systems 11(7):10-14, December 2016. URL, DOI BibTeX

    	author = "Ominike Akpovi A. and Ebiesuwa Seun and Adebayo A. O. and Osisanwo F. Y.",
    	title = "Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN)",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	issue_date = "December 2016",
    	volume = 11,
    	number = 7,
    	month = "Dec",
    	year = 2016,
    	issn = "2249-0868",
    	pages = "10-14",
    	numpages = 5,
    	url = "",
    	doi = "10.5120/ijais2016451623",
    	publisher = "Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA",
    	address = "New York, USA"


Legacy IP networks are complex, difficult to manage and are also vertically integrated i.e. the control and data planes are bundled together. The concept behind Software Defined Networks (SDN) is to break the vertical integration, by separating the network control logic from its underlying hardware, (routers and switches) promoting (logical) centralization of network control, and introducing the ability to program the network. In this paper, we start by introducing the motivation for SDN, its architecture and how it differs from traditional networking. Open flow is discussed next and SDN simulation tools are also discussed. The applications and main ongoing research efforts and challenges of SDN are also mentioned.


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