Welcome to ICSDN 2019

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a fast-emerging paradigm that has the potential to revolutionize the next generation of computer networks. There are several aspects of SDN that have been proposed and adapted over the past decade, such as: separation of control and data planes, programmable control plane, programmable data plane, network virtualization, to name a few. SDN has several applications in domains including Enterprise Networks, Wide Area Networks, Data Center Networks, and Wireless Networks.

Another parallel and complementary development has been the evolution of the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) framework. In NFV-based networks, traditional network functions especially those supported by middleboxes such as firewalls, NATs, SSL accelerators are implemented as software-based virtualized network functions (VNFs). The VNFs are deployed on commercial off-the-shelf high-end compute servers, eliminating the need for customized, vendor-proprietary equipment. NFV enables enterprises and operators to provision services faster and cheaper, while also providing significantly better support for meeting elastic user demands for resources.

There have been several industry-led open network standards efforts in SDN/NFV, including those from the Open Networking Forum (ONF), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), International Telecommunication Union — Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Linux Foundation, Open Network Linux (ONL), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). There has been significant interest in adopting SDN from network vendors, operators and end-users, with many important product announcements from established companies and from several startups, in the past few years.

The ICSDN 2019 conference will primarily consist of keynote and invited talks from leading researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, research laboratories and government, along with one-two panel session(s). The audience will include researchers, practitioners, policy makers, network end-users and students. The objective of this event is to bring together these diverse set of participants in an effort to boost and bolster the ongoing work in SDN/NFV systems, especially in the context of enhancing research and development in India.