European Workshop on Software Defined Networks
Software defined networking (SDN) is a promising architectural solution to support and foster innovation in telecommunication networks. Several switch and router vendors are “opening” their hardware, offering APIs to allow for “software defined” control of the networking operations. The vitality of the SDN approach is witnessed by the release of several SDN tools and development environments, most of which are open sourced.
Since 2012, the European Workshop on Software Defined Networks (EWSDN) confirmed its importance as the communication platform for the European SDN research community every year. The goal is bringing together both industry and academia on the topics of SDN.The release of several SDN tools and development environments is further proof of the vitality of the SDN approach. The standardisation work is actively ongoing in various organisations such as the ONF the IETF or ETSI.
Under the Workshop Chair of EICT and the Co-Chairs of NEC, University Tor Vergata and CREATE-NET, the first edition of EWSDN was held in Darmstadt on the 25th & 26th of October 2012. The European research projects OFELIA, SPARC and CHANGE, funded by the EU under the Seventh Framework Programme, provided the ground and contributed to the workshop ideation and realization. Traditional strengths of European research and development have been in optical transmission and wireless, especially cellular networks. However, use of “European” was not meant at all to restrict the workshop to a geographic scope— contributions and participants come from all over the world.
The fourth edition of the European Workshop on Software Defined Networks will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2015 in Bilbao, Spain. It will be hosted by the University of the Basque Country in the Bizkaia Aretoa venue.