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We've prepared a simple emulated Mininet topology, which contains some OpenFlow switches to make up the SDN network. Connected around the edges of the SDN network are emulated routers. The routers run a piece of software called Quagga, which is an open-source routing suite. Note that it is not mandatory to use Quagga; any software/hardware capable of speaking BGP will do. In our case we run the BGP part of Quagga on them, to simulate external BGP routers belonging to other administrative domains. The goal of SDN-IP is to be able to talk BGP with these routers in order to exchange traffic between the different external ASes.

This figure shows the topology as observed by ONOS. We can see 6 blue OpenFlow switches, and 5 peripheral nodes with yellow icons.

  • The node labelled "bgp" is our Internal BGP Speaker. It sits inside our SDN network and its job is to peer with all the External BGP Routers, learn BGP routes from them, and relay those routes to the SDN-IP application running on ONOS.
  • The other four nodes, labelled r1 through r4, are the External BGP Routers. They are the border routers that reside in other networks that want to exchange traffic with us.
  • Behind each router is a host. These are labelled h1 through h4 in Mininet. ONOS can't see these hosts, because they reside in other networks that are not controlled by ONOS. 

Start up the network

Double-click the "SDN-IP Mininet" icon on the desktop to start up the network.