Computer Science Department
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
Charlotte Jablonski, Administrative Assistant
Start: Monday, April 15, 2019, 11:20 a.m.
End: Monday, April 15, 2019, 12:10 p.m.
Location: Benton Hall 200
Speaker: Doug Murray '94, CEO, Big Switch
Computer networks have traditionally relied on standard, distributed path computation algorithms to determine how data flows the network. This restricts a network's ability to optimize performance, quickly recover from failures, and achieve many other important objectives. To address these limitations, software-defined networking (SDN) pushes the data forwarding decisions to a centralized, customizable network controller that can exert fine-grained control over network paths. Big Switch develops SDN-based solutions that meet the complex needs of cloud computing and provide increased visibility into a network. This talk will focus on the motivation and basic principles of SDN, as well as the specific ways in which Big Switch is leveraging SDN to address some of the challenges faced by today's computer networks.