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Unit of study_

ELEC5517: Software Defined Networks

This unit of study will introduce an emerging networking paradigm- Software Defined Networks (SDNs). By separating the control logics from the physical networks, the software defined networks allow an automated and programmable software program to logically control and manage the network. This unit introduces the basic principles of software defined networks, its architecture, abstraction, SDN programming, programmable control plane and data plane protocols, network update, network virtualisation, traffic management as well as its applications and implementations. Student will learn and practice SDN programming, testing and debugging on SDNs platforms through experiments and group projects. It is assumed that the students have some knowledge on data communications and networks.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5517
Unit name Software Defined Networks
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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ELEC3506 OR ELEC9506

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Dong Yuan, dong.yuan@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Dong Yuan , dong.yuan@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Sadiq Sani , sadiq.sani@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
n/a
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Project
50% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Mid semester test
n/a
10% Week 07 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?
  • Project report: Team report written up in formal report style which contributions self-assessed.
  • Mid-semester test: Closed book quiz style to test understanding of concepts.
  • Final exam: The final exam will cover all knowledge learnt in this unit.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Generally 20% penalty marks per day. Special cases will be considered.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to SDN, including fundamental concepts, key trends and terms, enabling technologies, challenges and opportunities Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Enabling technologies in SDN, including exploring the current state of the OpenFlow model and centralised network control Lecture (2 hr)  
Enabling technologies in SDN, including exploring the current state of the OpenFlow model and centralised network control Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 03 Architecture of SDN, including traditional networking architecture, the concept of network as a service, SDN architecture elements and design patterns Lecture (2 hr)  
Architecture of SDN, including traditional networking architecture, the concept of network as a service, SDN architecture elements and design patterns Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 04 1. Delve into distributed and central control, including data plane generation; 2. Examine the structure and capabilities of commercial and open source controllers Lecture (2 hr)  
1. Delve into distributed and central control, including data plane generation; 2. Examine the structure and capabilities of commercial and open source controllers Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 05 1. Survey the available technologies for network programmability; 2.Trace the modern data center from desktop-centric to highly distributed models Lecture (2 hr)  
1. Survey the available technologies for network programmability; 2.Trace the modern data center from desktop-centric to highly distributed models Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 06 Discuss new ways to connect instances of network-function virtualisation and service chaining, and detailed information on constructing and maintaining an SDN network topology Lecture (2 hr)  
Discuss new ways to connect instances of network-function virtualisation and service chaining, and detailed information on constructing and maintaining an SDN network topology Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 07 Examine an idealized SDN framework for controllers, applications, and ecosystems Lecture (2 hr)  
Examine an idealized SDN framework for controllers, applications, and ecosystems Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 08 Security issues in SDN, including typical networking issues, network attacks, existing security solutions, advantages and challenges of security in SDN Lecture (2 hr)  
Security issues in SDN, including typical networking issues, network attacks, existing security solutions, advantages and challenges of security in SDN Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 09 Performance and scalability issues in SDN, including analysis of performance bottlenecks in SDN, new hardware, new service oriented network architecture Lecture (2 hr)  
Performance and scalability issues in SDN, including analysis of performance bottlenecks in SDN, new hardware, new service oriented network architecture Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 10 Cost issues for businesses in implementing SDN, including potential benefits, as well as the risks, in shifting parts of a network to the SDN model Lecture (2 hr)  
Cost issues for businesses in implementing SDN, including potential benefits, as well as the risks, in shifting parts of a network to the SDN model Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 11 Research in SDN, topic 1 Lecture (2 hr)  
Research in SDN, topic 1 Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 12 Research in SDN, topic 2 Lecture (2 hr)  
Research in SDN, topic 2 Computer laboratory (2 hr)  
Week 13 Unit review Lecture (2 hr)  
Unit review Computer laboratory (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Study commitment: Students need to do some preparation for labs, revision knowledge learnt in lectures, searching information for designing their project. Students will also design and implement their project as assignment in their own time. Labs are devoted to hands on experience with popular SDN tools which will be used in students' projects.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Paul Goransson, Chuck Black, Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach (1st). MK, 2014. 978-0124166752.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. work collaboratively in a team with productive progress management and tasks assignment
  • LO2. write professional project reports and present the project in class
  • LO3. investigate new technologies by intensive literature review
  • LO4. develop an in-depth knowledge of SDN concept, system architecture, issues in practice
  • LO5. understand SDN technologies and structure of SDN systems, and design a prototype system in the project
  • LO6. use popular tools to model and implement an SDN system.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
The lecture contents have been changed taking student feedback into acount.

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