Software Defined Networking: The Data Centre Perspective


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a promising approach towards networking that is just entering practical deployments. It is an exciting new field of research but as a new approach leaves many open questions. The seminar introduces the basics of SDN and focuses in detail on challenges related to the Theme Scalability and Reliability Based on latest developments in this area, we will look into current problems related to SDN adoption and strategies to deal with them.

Through discussions of high-profile articles the participants can exchange their own views and ideas. The seminar also offers experience with critical review and analysis of scientific writings.

Course Program and Materials

Paper selection is open: please send an email to sdn_seminar [at] listing three choices of preference.


Participation in the seminar involves the following:

  • presentation of one paper;
  • 2-sided A4 review report of each paper;
  • group discussion of each paper during the meetings.  

To help the participants instructions on what the review report should cover will is provided here

Presentation: The presentations should be 20 min in length. The lecturers is available to support the preparation of the presentation if requested in advance. Graphs and figures from the papers should be properly referenced. The presentation style is up to the student but we encourage you to experiment. These guidelines can help - "Dazzle 'em with style" and NCAR guielines.

Review report: Review report for each paper, excluding the presented one, is prepared and submitted by Thursday evening 18 o'clock. Submission is done at sdn_seminar [at] The review guidelines are similar to the ones followed for journals and conferences. The presented ideas are critically analysed on (i) importance and timeliness of the problem, (ii) novelty of the solution, (iii) quality of the solution and presented evaluation, and (iv) quality of the writing. 

Discussion: The participants can view each other's reports and use them to prepare for the discussion in class. A short manual on what questions to pay attention to during preparation will be shortly available. 


There is no formal examination at the end of the seminar. Each participant is continuously graded based on its participation in the discussions (20%) and the weekly reports (80%).