Platform for experiments
The SURFnet testbed is a platform set up by SURF for experimenting with concepts such as software-defined networking (SDN). ICT specialists, network administrators and researchers can use the platform to test equipment and try out and evaluate various ideas and concepts.
You can use the SURFnet testbed amongst others for any type of SDN-related work, such as gaining hands-on experience with OpenFlow switches and controllers, development of SDN prototypes and/or third-party SDN software testing.
The SURFnet testbed is already being used by a number of institutions. Two of these institutions talked about their experiences of the platform at a workshop on the SURFnet testbed held on Thursday 30 June 2016.
Delft University of Technology
At Delft University of Technology, the SURFnet testbed was used to conduct research for a thesis, which is looking at how OpenFlow switches approach Quality of Service and how traffic of different qualities can be routed through the network with maximum efficiency.
University of Twente
At the University of Twente, various experiments have been conducted as part of a study into NetFlow data (information about traffic flows). The study sought to find an answer to whether OpenFlow can play a role in responding to DDoS attacks.
- View the presentation by Jeroen van Ingen from the University of Twente (in Dutch)
- Read the blog post 'Performance Enhancement: controlled testing after a DDoS attack'
Get started with the SURFnet testbed
In consultation with SURF, SURF members can temporarily place their own equipment in the SURFnet testbed for testing. For more information about the testbed and the opportunities provided, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Start date
- 01 Jan 2015
Architecture SURFnet testbedThe SURFnet testbed consists of 5 Points of Presence (PoPs). The locations have 40G/10G OpenFlow switches and a bare metal server or OpenStack mini-cloud. Between each pair of OpenFlow switches there are three path-redundant 10G connections.Read more
About software-defined networkingSoftware-defined networking (SDN) enables networks to be managed at software level. SDN allows you to take a more dynamic approach to infrastructure and more flexibility in responding to changes within or outside the institution. SURF is examining the potential applications for the SURFnet network.Read more