Monday, June 17, 2013

Large Scale Production Engineering talk

A recent Large Scale Production Engineering (LSPE) meeting included a number of talks looking different aspects of software defined networking (SDN):

"Introduction to SDN/Openflow"
Xin Huang - Sr. Research Scientist/Technologist, Cyan, Inc.

"SDN/OpenFlow: Challenges and Opportunities"
Sriram Natarajan - Sr. Researcher, NTT Innovation Institute, Inc.

Lightning talk: "#include <abstractions.h>"
Nils Swart - Director, Plexxi

"Performance Aware SDN"
Peter Phaal - sFlow standard co-author,

The video from the event contains Q&A from the first talk and the remaining three talks.

The Performance Aware SDN talk starts at time marker 49:20 and describes the role of sFlow instrumentation in building performance optimizing SDN controllers that combine networking, server and application visibility and bring networking under the control of the DevOps team.
  • 0:49:20 Introduction / Why should DevOps team care about SDN?
  • 0:52.40 Controllability, Observability and Delay
  • 0:56:00 Role of sFlow in making data center observable
  • 1:02:00 SDN performance optimizing controllers using OpenFlow and sFlow
  • 1:04:35 DDoS example
  • 1:07:33 ECMP/LAG multi-path traffic distribution
  • 1:10:45 Memcached hot keys
  • 1:12:52 Next steps
  • 1:13:50 Q&A
Slides from the talk are available on Slideshare.

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