Introduction to Software Defined Network Workshop

Dates: 12-16 Feb 2020
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Event Website: Apricot2020


  • The emergence of SDN is having a disruptive influence on the world of data networking and is leading to a fundamental re-think of how networks are architected.
  • This workshop will provide an in-depth understanding of the key technology elements of SDN via a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.

Target Audience

  • Anyone currently operating an IP and/or MPLS network who is interesting in understanding the impact of SDN with a view to implementing elements of it in the near future.


  • Intermediate-level knowledge of IP routing, routing protocols, management protocols, MPLS protocols, traffic-engineering.

Workshop topics

  • Market drivers for SDN and NFV
  • Introduction to SDN
  • History
  • Control and data plane separation
  • Architectural frameworks
  • Openflow protocol
  • SDN controller Northbound interfaces
  • Topology discovery and management
  • Centralised traffic engineering
  • SDN controller Southbound interfaces
  • Segment routing
  • Path Computation Element Protocol

Other requirements

  • Hardware: It is highly recommended that participants bring their own laptop computers with WiFi (b/g/n) and a pre-installed desktop virtualization tool like VirtualBox or VMware on their machines. It is also recommended that laptops have an Intel i5 or i7 processor, >=8GB of RAM and 30GB of free hard disk space.
  • Software: SSH Client, Telnet Client

Workshop Items

  • Agenda (includes links to presentations and schedule)
  • Instructors: Paresh Khatri (Nokia), Tashi Phuntsho (APNIC), Warren Finch (APNIC), Muhammad Yasir Shamim (APNIC)
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