Software-Defined Networking and Cloud: Hands on OpenStack integration with OpenDayLight

Getting started with Software-Defined Networking could be an unpleasant experience especially with open-source that evolve quickly with lag between the software releases and the documentation. This article aims to introduce the current trend on network programing with OpenStack (Pika release) and OpenDayLight (Nitrogen release). Introduction OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms. It is my favorite to play with the cloud as it lets users deploy virtual machines and container instances and enables managing a cloud environment on the fly. OpenStack is available to install using multiple distributions including RDO ProjectMirantis , and Devstack. in this hands on, i will only describe the process with DevStack. The networking service on OpenStack is handled using the Modular Layer 2 (ML2) plug-into simultaneously utilize the variety of layer 2 networking technologies. its main implementation is using Open vSwitch (OVS). OpenDaylight is…

Publicity plan for a workshop or conference

I had hard for me to figure out how to create a publicity plan for a workshop. This post describes how to proceed and gives an example.

Introduction If you are planning to organize a Workshop jointly with a main conference, you will have to answer a lot of questions including: How it relate tot he main conference ?How much papers are you expecting ?What is the publicity plan for this Workshop ? The first two can only be answered by you as you are the expert of your field. I can give some hints to answer the last one :)
What is a publicity plan ? Wikipedia defines publicity as “the movement of information to the general public from the media on subjects including people, goods and services, organizations, and works of art or entertainment”.
For a workshop, that means that you have to share your Call For Papers (CFP) on as many canals as possible to attract as much submissions as you could. Indeed, as the quality of a conference/Workshop is usually measured partially by it's accepta…

Software-Defined Networking and Smart Grid: What happens if we replace SDN's Data Plane with an Electric plane ?

This article aims to discuss the possibility of using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architecture to control the electric flows instead of networking packets. on other words, processing High-Voltage Electric flow instead of Ethernet packets. Introduction The Smart Grid (SG) revolution is among us!Electric distribution modelis changing from a monopolistic single-provider to a competitive model where several players considered as providers including the consumers themselves. Cheap photovoltaic panels and other affordable sources of renewable energy are heavily supporting this trend. Defining more efficient distribution and management models has become one of the main concern of the central administrations. For example, the U.S. government has already invested billions of dollars on grid related projects. If you are not familiar with SG, SG aims to provide more precise control and adaptation accurate monitoring of energy losses by spreading the intelligence of the energy distribution…