Research Track

Location: Grand Ballroom B

The 2014 ONS Research Track will provide researchers with a unique opportunity to present innovative SDN work to a broad community of academic peers and industry leaders. The primary goals of the Research Track are to facilitate an exchange of SDN research ideas; to leverage the strong industry presence at ONS to bring focus to relevant research problems; and to build a community of researchers helping to realize the potential of SDN. By participating in the ONS Research Track, researchers can learn what industry is doing with SDN and discover ways that their work can have direct and lasting impacts.

Papers from the 2014 ONS Research Track will be published in mid-late March 2014. Please contact the Open Networking Summit with any questions or concerns.


Rob Sherwood Big Switch
Rob Sherwood

Chief Technology Officer

Rob serves as the CTO for Big Switch Networks, where he spends his time internally leading software architecture and externally evangelizing SDN to customers and partners. Rob is an active contributor to open source projects such as Switch Light and Floodlight as well as the Open Compute Project. He was the former Chair of the ONF's Architecture & Framework Working Group as well as vice-chair of the ONF's Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor,” allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network, and is involved in various standards efforts, and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Nate Foster Cornell University
Nate Foster

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Nate Foster is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on developing language abstractions and tools for building reliable systems. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University in 2008, and a BA in Computer Science from Williams College in 2001. He was a postdoc at Princeton University from 2009-2010. His awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Tien '72 Teaching Award, a Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement Award, and the Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff Award.

Monday 02:30p - 04:00p

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Cross-Entrance Consistent Range Classifier with OpenFlow
Authors: Liron Schiff (Tel Aviv University), Anat Bremler-Barr (The Interdisciplinary Center)

Presenting Author: Yehuda Afek (Tel Aviv University)
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Yehuda Afek received a B.A.from the Technion in Electrical Engineering, and M.Sc and Ph.D. from University of California Los-Angeles (UCLA) in 1983 and 1985 respectively, both in Computer Science. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell-Labs from 1985 to 1988 when he joined the computer science department at Tel-Aviv University. He was a consultant for AT&T research labs from 1988 to 2000. In 2001 he co-founded Riverhead Networks, which was the only company to provide a real solution to the Distributed Denial of Service attacks on the Internet, and have kept several Fortune-5 and 500 companies in the air despite being attacked. Riverhead was acquired by Cisco in 2004, when he became a director at Cisco.

SFA: Stateful Forwarding Abstraction in SDN Data Plane
Authors: Shuyong Zhu (Tsinghua University), Chen Sun (Tsinghua University)

Presenting Author: Jun Bi (Tsinghua University)
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Mr. Jun Bi is a full professor and director of Network Architecture & IPv6 Research Division, Institute for Network Sciences and Cyberspace at Tsinghua University. He is the leading expert (PI) of the first major Future Network project supported by China “863” High-tech program: Future Network architecture and INnovation Environment (FINE). He is co-chair of AsiaFI (Asia Future Internet Forum) Steering Group, and co-founder of China SDN Commission and serves as Executive Chair. He is an ONF (Open Networking Foundation) Research Associate.

His research interests include Internet Architecture and Protocols, Future Internet, Internet Routing, and IPv6. He published more than 100 research papers and 20 Internet RFCs or drafts (4 of them were approved), owned twenty innovation patents, received national science and technology advancement prizes, and is supported by program of Ministry of Education of China for New Century Excellent Talents. He served as Co-Chairs of workshops/Tracks at INFOCOM, ICNP, Mobihoc, ICCCN、etc., and TPC members at ICNP, SIGCOMM-HotSDN, SIGCOMM-ICN, CoNext, ICDCS, IWQoS, etc.

Recent publications:

Serial Composition of Heterogeneous Control Planes
Authors: Advait Dixit (Purdue University), Patrick Eugster (Purdue University)

Presenting Author: Kirill Kogan (Purdue University)
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Kirill Kogan worked at Cisco Systems as a Technical Leasder for more than 12 years. During his work he completed Ph.D in Communication Systems Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the CS department of Purdue University. His research focuses on development of efficient algorithms for routers and switches in various aspects of buffer management, quality of service, scheduling, access to resources and packet classification.

Software Defined Transport: Flexible & Deployable Flow Rate Control
Authors: Matthew Caesar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), P. Brighten Godfrey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Presenting Author: Chi-Yao Hong (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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Chi-Yao Hong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, coadvised by Matthew Caesar and Brighten Godfrey. Before joining UIUC, he received his Master's degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University. His research interest spans all aspects of networking, including network resource scheduling, network measurement and security. He is particularly interested in designing cloud network infrastructures and protocols to improve the performance and flexibility of data centers and clouds. He won Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship (2012), the Best Paper Award from Passive and Active Measurement Conference (2011), and Master's Thesis Award from ACM Taipei/Taiwan Chapter (2008).

On the Necessity of Time-based Updates in SDN
Authors: Yoram Moses (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

Presenting Author: Tal Mizrahi (Technion, Marvell)
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Tal Mizrahi is a PhD candidate at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a staff architect at Marvell. His research topics include distributed systems, time in distributed applications, and clock synchronization. With over 10 years of experience in the networking industry, Tal has served in various positions, including system engineer, team leader and, for the past 7 years, staff architect for Marvell's networking product line. Tal is an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and is the security editor of the IEEE 1588 working group.

Towards a Reliable SDN Firewall
Authors: Gail-Joon Ahn (Arizona State University), Wonkyu Han (Arizona State University), Ziming Zhao (Arizona State University)

Presenting Author: Hongxin Hu (Delaware State University)
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Hongxin Hu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Delaware State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (Information Assurance) from Arizona State University in 2012.

His research interests centrally focus on the area of Cyber Security. More specifically, he strives to develop effective solutions to address realistic security issues created by today’s emerging technologies and applications, such as software-defined networking, social networks, mobile computing, cloud computing, healthcare systems, and big data. He has published over 60 refereed technical papers, many of which appeared in top conferences and journals. One of his papers was recently featured by the IEEE Special Technical Community on Social Networking.

His research has also received wide press coverage including ACM TechNews, InformationWeek, NetworkWorld, Slashdot, TechRadar, and PCWorld.

Try Before you Buy: SDN Emulation with (Real) Interdomain Routing
Authors: Kyriakos Zarifis (University of Southern California), Italo Cunha (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Nick Feamster (Georgia Institute of Technology), Ethan Katz-Bassett (University of Southern California), Minlan Yu (University of Southern California)

Presenting Author: Brandon Schlinker (University of Southern California)
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Brandon Schlinker is a first year Computer Science PhD student in the Network Systems Lab at the University of Southern California. His research interests focus on improving the robustness and flexibility of network infrastructure. Brandon is advised by Minlan Yu and Ethan Katz-Bassett.

Extending SDN to Handle Dynamic Middlebox Actions via FlowTags
Authors: Luis Chiang (Stony Brook University), Vyas Sekar (Carnegie Mellon University), Minlan Yu (University of Southern California), Jeffrey C. Mogul (Google)

Presenting Author: Seyed Kaveh Fayazbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University)
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Seyed Kaveh Fayazbakhsh is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include software-defined networking, middleboxes, content distribution, and network function virtualization. He is a recipient of the Renaissance Technologies Fellowship (2010-2013).

Tuesday 02:30p - 04:00p

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Low-latency Network Monitoring via Oversubscribed Port Mirroring
Authors: Rodrigo Fonseca (Brown University), Brent Stephens (Rice University), Colin Dixon (IBM Research—Austin), Eric Rozner (IBM Research—Austin), Kanak Agarwal (IBM Research—Austin), John Carter (IBM Research—Austin), Wes Felter (IBM Research—Austin)

Presenting Author: Jeff Rasley (Brown University)
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Jeff Rasley is a second-year Ph.D. student at Brown University advised by Rodrigo Fonseca and supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He is broadly interested in networks, distributed systems and security. His current research focuses on two separate topics: low-latency network monitoring for SDNs and studying what impact the network has on end-to-end application performance of big data analytics frameworks such as Hadoop.

SDN and Optical Flow Steering for Network Function Virtualization

Authors: Meral Shirazipour (Ericsson Research Silicon Valley), Ying Zhang (Ericsson Research Silicon Valley), Howard Green (Ericsson Research Silicon Valley), Attila Takacs (Ericsson Research Silicon Valley)

Presenting Author: Ming Xia (Ericsson Research Silicon Valley)

Proof-based Verification of Software Defined Networks
Authors: Limin Jia (Carnegie-Mellon University), Wenchao Zhou (Georgetown University), Boon Thau Loo (University of Pennsylvania)

Presenting Author: Chen Chen (University of Pennsylvania)
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Chen Chen is a 3rd year Ph.D student from University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor Degree from Fudan University in Shanghai. He is also a research collaborator with AT&T research lab on cloud computing. His research primarily focuses on formal methods and networking.

SENSS: Software Defined Security Service

Authors: Minlan Yu (USC), Ying Zhang (Ericsson Research), Jelena Mirkovic (USC)

Presenting Author: Abdulla Alwabel (USC)

RadioVisor: A Slicing Plane for Radio Access Networks
Authors: Sachin Katti (Stanford)

Presenting Author: Li Erran Li (Bell Labs)

SDN for dense WiFi networks
Authors: Manu Bansal (Stanford University), Sachin Katti (Stanford University), Nick McKeown (Stanford University)

Presenting Author: Yiannis Yiakoumis (Stanford University)
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Yiannis is a PhD Candidate at Electrical Engineering working with Prof. Nick McKeown and Sachin Katti. He is a member of ONRC and has worked on multiple projects related with OpenFlow and SDN. His research focuses on applications of SDN in wireless and home networks, such as cloud-based network management for home users, a user-centric approach for network regulation, and co-ordinated management for dense WiFi deployments. He holds a diploma from the University of Patras, Greece and has worked for Philips Research and Juniper Networks.

Software-Defined Networks as Databases
Authors: Wenchao Zhou (Georgetown University), Brighten Godfrey (UIUC), Matthew Caesar (UIUC)

Presenting Author: Anduo Wang (UIUC)
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Anduo Wang is a postdoc research associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Computer Science department. She received her Ph.D degree from University of Pennsylvania in Computer and Information Science department in 2013.

Jive: Performance Driven Abstraction and Optimization for SDN
Authors: Daniel Tahara (Yale University), Xin Huang (CYAN), Li Erran Li (Bell Labs), Andreas Voellmy (Yale University), Y. Richard Yang (Yale University), Minlan Yu (University of Southern California)

Presenting Author: Aggelos Lazaris (University of Southern California)
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Aggelos Lazaris received his 5-year Diploma and his M.Sc. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Greece in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Since summer 2010, he is with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California where he is currently working towards his PhD degree. His research interests span the area of computer communication networks with emphasis on traffic engineering, modelling, and analysis. He is a USC Annenberg Graduate fellow, and a student member of IEEE.

Enabling SDN in old school networks with Software-Controlled Routing Protocols
Authors: Stefano Vissicchio (Universite catholique de Louvain)

Presenting Author: Laurent Vanbever (Princeton University)
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Laurent Vanbever is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University working with Prof. Jennifer Rexford. He completed his PhD at the University of Louvain, Belgium in October 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Bonaventure. Prior to that, he obtained his master degree in computer science engineering from the University of Louvain in 2008 and a master degree in management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2010. His research interests focus on Software-Defined Networks, IP routing, and network management.

Tuesday 04:30p - 06:00p

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Coherent SDN Forwarding Plane Programming
Authors: Jun Gong (Huawei Technologies), Hongfei Chen (Huawei Technologies)

Presenting Author: Haoyu Song (Huawei Technologies)
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Dr. Haoyu Song is a Network Architect at Huawei Technologies US Research Center. Before joined Huawei, he was a researcher MTS at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent. He holds a doctor degree in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include SDN technologies, algorithm and architecture for networking systems and devices, and network search technologies. He has published 26 peer reviewed papers and holds 18 patents. He is an active participant and contributor of ONF and IEEE and pioneered the protocol oblivious forwarding technology for SDN.

Accelerating SDN/NFV with transparent offloading architecture
Authors: Takeshi Osaka (NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories), Sadayuki Yasuda (NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories), Akihiko Miyazaki (NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories)

Presenting Author: Koji Yamazaki (NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories)
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Koji received the degree of Master of Arts and Sciences (information studies) in interdisciplinary information studies from the University of Tokyo in 2004. Since joining Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, he has been working on R&D of LSIs and related CAD systems. From 2009, he was engaged in development of large-scale distributed data processing platform for cloud computing systems. Koji's current interests include SDN/NFV and high performance routers/switches integration.

ESPRES: Easy Scheduling and Prioritization for SDN
Authors: Maciej Kuzniar (EPFL), Marco Canini (UCLouvain), Dejan Kostic (Institute IMDEA Networks)

Presenting Author: Peter Peresıni (EPFL)
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Peter is a PhD student at EPFL, Switzerland under supervision of Dejan Kostic and Willy Zwaenepoel. His research interests include distributed systems and networking, with a primary focus on testing of Software-Defined Networks. Peter started his research by co-authoring the controller and switch bug-testing tools "NICE" and "SOFT". After that, his research interests shifted into identifying potential abstractions for improving controller resiliency as well as ways to improve the southbound OpenFlow interface. Peter's latest work concentrates on overcoming control plane performance issues of today's switches. Peter holds a Msc. and Bc. degree in Computer Science from Comenius University, Slovakia and he interned at Google several times during his studies.

OpenVirteX: A Network Hypervisor
Authors: Ali Al-Shabibi (Open Networking Laboratory), Marc De Leenheer (Open Networking Laboratory), Matteo Gerola (CREATE-NET), William Snow (Open Networking Laboratory), Guru Parulkar (Open Networking Laboratory)

Presenting Author: Ayaka Koshibe (Open Networking Laboratory)
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Ayaka Koshibe is a member of the OpenVirteX development team at ON.Lab. Ayaka received her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in 2013, with focus on SDN control plane design. Prior to joining ON.Lab, Ayaka assisted in the deployment and administration of infrastructure for the GENI OpenFlow campus trials at Rutgers.

AeroFlux: A Near-Sighted Controller Architecture for Software-Defined Wireless Networks
Authors: Nadi Sarrar (TU Berlin), Stefan Schmid (TU Berlin / Telekom Innovation Laboratories)

Presenting Author: Julius Schulz-Zander (TU Berlin)
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Julius Schulz-Zander is a research assistant in Prof. Feldmann's Internet Network Architectures group, pursuing a Ph.D. in CS from the Technical University of Berlin. His is broadly interested in networking, wireless communications, and embedded systems. His current research is centered around bringing SDN into IEEE 802.11-based networks. Julius received his Diploma degree in CS from TU Berlin in 2011. In 2009, he spent the Summer in Prof. McKeown's group at Stanford University, where he ported OpenFlow to OpenWrt. Since 2007 he works on the Berlin Open Wireless Lab project with over 100 WiFi nodes, after he joined Prof. Feldmann's group as a student worker. Julius was awarded a Software Campus grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to pursue his studies.

SODA: Enhancing the Data Plane Functionality of Software Defined Networking
Authors: Yirong Yu (Tsinghua University), Kang Li (Kaiwang Technology)

Presenting Author: Dan Li (Tsinghua University)
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Dan Li is now an associate professor in Computer Science Department of Tsinghua University. He joined the faculty of Tsinghua University in Mar 2010, after working in the Wireless & Networking Group of Microsoft Research Asia as an associate researcher for two years. He received the M.E. degree and Ph.D from Tsinghua University in 2005 and 2007 respectively, both in computer science. His research interests include Future Internet architecture, data center networking, software defined networking and cloud computing systems. He has published more than 40 technical papers in referred conferences and journals, including ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE ICNP, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, etc. He serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, a TPC co-chair of IEEE LANMAN 2014, and a TPC member for conferences such as IEEE ICNP, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICPP, etc.

Design of All Programable Innovation Platform for Software Defined Networking
Authors: Ji Yang (XJTU), Hongbo Zhao (MeshSr Co. Ltd.), Jiahua Lu (Xilinx Co. Ltd.)

Presenting Author: Chengchen Hu (XJTU)

SoftMoW: A Dynamic and Scalable Software Defined Architecture for Cellular WANs
Authors: Li Erran Li (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent), Z. Morley Mao (University of Michigan)

Presenting Author: Mehrdad Moradi (University of Michigan)
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Mehrdad is a second year PhD student in the CSE department at the University of Michigan, where he works with Professor Morley Mao. Before that, he completed his undergrad at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He is broadly interested in networked systems and algorithms. Currently, he is working on cellular software-defined networking, and future Internet architecture projects.

Control Exchange Points: Providing QoS-enabled End-to-End Services via SDN-based Inter-domain Routing Orchestration
Authors: Vasileios Kotronis (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Xenofontas Dimitropoulos (FORTH), Bernhard Ager (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Panagiotis Georgopoulos (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Stefan Schmid (Telekom Innovation Laboratories & TU Berlin)

Presenting Author: Rowan Klöti (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
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Rowan Klöti graduated with a MSc from the ETH Zürich in 2013. He also holds a BSc from the same institution. His master thesis examined the security implications arising from the use of reactive control of routing in OpenFlow systems. He is currently a researcher in the Communication Systems Group of the ETH Zürich, examining Internet topology and its interaction with SDN-based routing applications.

His interests include security, Internet topology as well as next generation Internet architectures such as SDN. He is planning to pursue doctoral studies in the UK or Switzerland.


Nate Foster (Cornell University)
Rob Sherwood (Big Switch Networks)
Dan Daly (Intel)
Jun Bi (Tsinghua University)
Colin Dixon (IBM)
Sachin Katti (Stanford University)
Ramana Kompella (Purdue University)
Teemu Koponen (VMware)
Ratul Mahajan (Microsoft Research)
Jeff Mogul (Google)
Mooly Sagiv (Tel Aviv University)
Stefan Schmid (TU Berlin / T-Labs)
Vyas Sekar (Carnegie Mellon University)
Joel Sommers (Colgate University)
Dan Talayco (Barefoot Networks)
Laurent Vanbever (Princeton University)
Minlan Yu (University of Southern California)


For over 35 years, the USENIX Association has been the leading community for engineers, system administrators, and scientists working on the cutting edge of the computing world. The USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI) focuses on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of networked and distributed systems. USENIX is proud to partner with ONS for its Research Track.

Papers accepted for ONS2014 Research track will be co-published with USENIX electronically.