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DOE, NSF Explore Software-Based Networking in Research

CyberStockThe Energy Department and National Science Foundation have invested in research projects that aim to develop software-defined networking tools to address complex networks, FCW reported Monday.

John Moore writes DOE’s Energy Sciences Network program is exploring the use of an SDN-based communications protocol to manage data-intensive scientific workloads.

Several academic researchers are conducting SDN field tests under the NSF-sponsored Global Environment for Network Innovations program, Moore writes.

“I think we are going to learn a lot from these deployments, and people will adjust exactly how they do it based on the outcomes,” Bryan Lyles, program director at NSF’s computer and network systems division, told FCW.

The publication reports that NSF has provided more than $20 million in funding last year through its Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure and Engineering initiative.

Sudhir Verma, chief technology officer at Force 3, told FCW he believes intelligence and government agencies will eventually adopt SDN.

Moore writes the Defense Department is considering using the technology to support missions.

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