Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2015, 63, 2093-2099
Published online 2015-12-26

First Educational Steps in SDN Application Development

Martin Pokorný, Petr Zach

Department of Informatics, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach in design, implementation and maintenance of computer networks. With SDN, it is possible to dramatically reduce business costs because the whole network can be maintained in a centralized fashion which leads to a simplified and effective network management. This paper is concerned with SDN from educational point of view. The paper’s primary goal is to present beginning of a learning path to start experimenting with SDN programming and traffic path definition based on Hewlett-Packard (HP) SDN solution. Useful sources of documentation were selected and two experiments were performed: firstly an already existing HP SDN application was extended in the area of network visualization, secondly and experiment of traffic path definition with real network switches was performed.


We would like to thank Hewlett-Packard for providing us with SDN demonstration, study guides and test bundle with OpenFlow enabled switches, which helped us to start experimenting with SDN.


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