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Started working through setting up and running a handful of OpenFlow applications starting with switches. For this I'm trying to keep everything contained within Dockers and scripts to remind me how to run each, as well as keeping things as portable as possible. I'm using mininet to simulate a small number of hosts on each.

I've set up the ONOS docker again which includes a simple switch and a simple mininet network. I've also configured Valve a VLAN switch running from a docker with a VLAN'd networked. I wrote docker files for Faucet a VLAN switch and fixed a couple of bugs which have been merged back into github. Faucet is based upon Valve, however provides an interesting case by being a multi-table application unlike Valve and ONOS's switch.

I've spent sometime manually going through the resulting flow tables from the switches tested and it seems that it is hard to make many improvements to the single table rules such as converting it to a multitable similar to Faucet. A single table switch reactively installs rules connecting two hosts only when both try to talk to each other, if it did not it would result in a rule for each src dst pair, i.e. scales with hosts^2. Where as a multitable switch like Faucet will maintain a learning table and forwarding table, with each host in both scaling 2*hosts. As a result of the reactive single table learning not all src dst pairs are installing making the jump to a src and dst table invalid as this would install rules for src dst pairs that did not exist in the original.

I'm also working through recent literature and re-reading some existing in relation to the problem, I've just started compiling an updated document with possible approaches from literature.