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Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders


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A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking (SDN).

The Open Networking Research Center (ONRC) has been founded by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, CableLabs, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, Intel, NEC, NTT Docomo, Texas Instruments, and VMware.

Stanford's Nick McKeown and Berkeley's Scott Shenker will serve as ONRC's faculty directors. "For two decades, networking has remained essentially stagnant and networks are far too expensive, complex, and difficult to manage," Shenker says. "This is about to change thanks to SDN, which will enable network engineers to innovate freely and make networks simpler and less expensive while becoming vastly more capable."

ONRC will consist of research groups at Stanford and Berkeley, as well as an independent, nonprofit Open Networking Laboratory led by Stanford's Guru Parulkar that will develop an open source SDN infrastructure.

From Network World 
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