Dr Nick Falkner is part of a team from eight universities and the CSIRO that have been awarded a $270,000 grant under the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme.
The grant will provide the facilities required to support research and experimentation in the emerging disruptive technology of Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN is likely to bring long-term transformation to the networking industry, much like cloud computing did, by enabling dynamic virtualised elastic network services under software control. The test bed will empower Australian researchers in network technologies and dependent applications (for example, multimedia and security) to collaboratively develop and demonstrate novel ideas at scale. This is expected to benefit Australia by giving our researchers international recognition in this nascent area, and developing a national talent pool for local industry.