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Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks


Flavio Esposito in Saint Louis University's datacenter.

Researchers at Saint Louis University have proposed a sound-based traffic-management solution for network orchestration.

Credit: Ellen Hutti

Saint Louis University (SLU) researchers have proposed a sound-based traffic-management solution for network orchestration.

The researchers' Music-Defined Networking model programs network functions in response to specific sound sequences from real or virtual devices.

They investigated both active applications, where network devices were coded to emit a certain sound, and passive applications, in which sounds generated by devices like datacenter fans were monitored to identify possible malfunctions; the researchers modified existing network components with sound capabilities using low-cost speakers, microphones, and Raspberry Pi computers.

Researcher Flavio Esposito said, “Sound-based network management has potential as an effective and inexpensive network management technique for many applications. Exploring all these sounds fun to me.”

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