NSF-Supported Workshop at ONUG Fall

ONUG is thrilled to be hosting the NSF-supported  “SDN in Large Enterprise Networks” workshop on November 3rd and 4th.

Organizing CommitteeNSF logo

  • Douglas Comer, Purdue
  • Chip Elliott, BBN
  • Nick Feamster, Princeton
  • Bryan Larish, NSA
  • Dave Meyer, Brocade



Software Defined Networking (SDN) has become a leading topic in the networking research community. Meanwhile, the networking industry has not waited for researchers to explore fundamental questions. Instead, a set of SDN vendors that includes both startups and established networking equipment companies has created SDN products, and corporations with large private networks have begun deploying SDN technologies in their enterprise networks.

Some of the early SDN deployments have produced benefits, such as lowering capital and operation expenses. However, as one might expect in a nascent industry, the use of SDN has uncovered some unexpected problems. This workshop will provide the opportunity for the research community to hear from individuals who are deploying SDN in large, private (enterprise) networks, to learn about both successes and the problems encountered, and to identify important underlying research problems that must be solved to achieve the full potential of SDN.

Industrial Participants

Members of the ONUG Board – comprised of representatives from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, Gap, Inc., Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, Yahoo, and The Lippis Report – and ONUG Community will participate in the workshop. These leading IT executives will share details of their network scale, special requirements, use of SDN, and problems they encountered in the SDN deployment process.


To participate in the workshop, please submit a two-paragraph writeup in PDF format describing your background, your interest in SDN, and a statement of what you will add to the workshop discussions no later than August 31st. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

Travel Support

Travel expenses for researchers and meals during the workshop will be supported by NSF. In addition, NSF will support participation by up to 7 PhD students (depending on workshop expenses); preference will be given to women and under-represented minorities.