MIT612 Software Defined Networks

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT601 Networked Systems Design, MIT501 Programming
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Students will need to use Java, Eclipse IDE and Mininet.

Unit description 

Software Design Networks (SDN) addresses today’s requirements of automating network configuration and management on a big scale. It allows enterprises to gain increased level of programmability, automation, network control and flexibility, enabling them to build scalable and adaptable networks while reducing implementation and operational costs. This unit introduces the basic principles of SDN, its architecture, programming, virtualisation, and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), as well as the applications and implementations of SDN.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Compare and contrast conventional networking approaches and SDN solutions.
ULO2 Evaluate SDN solutions in data centres and other environments.
ULO3 Use tools to model and design SDN solutions.
ULO4 Create an SDN application using programming language.
ULO5 Test and debug SDN applications.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN) 
2. Genesis of SDN
3. How SDN Works
4. The OpenFlow Specification
5. Alternative Definitions of SDN
6. Emerging Protocol, Controller and Application Models
7. SDN in the Data Centre
8. SDN in Other Environments
9. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
10. SDN Applications
11. SDN Open Source
12. SDN Future & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 1 10% 5
Assessment 3: Online Quiz 2 10% 9
Assessment 4: Group Report 30% 10
Assessment 5: SDN Application Development 40% 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.