Stanford University this October will host the first Open Networking Summit, which will focus on the history, state and future of OpenFlow and software-defined networking technologies.

The event, orchestrated by Stanford University’s Clean Slate Program, will be held Oct. 17-19 at the university’s Li Ka Shing Center. It will feature hands-on tutorials as well as keynotes and sessions featuring subject matter experts.

Representatives from Open Networking Foundation, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, UC Berkeley, Internet2 and others will take part.

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“Software-defined networking is poised to revolutionize all kinds of networking: enterprise, data center, and service provider,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of Stanford’s Clean Slate Research Program and chair of the summit.  “In the future, network owners and operators will have much greater control over their networks.”

OpenFlow and software-defined networking has started to gain momentum in 2011. The Open Networking Foundation was launched in March by a slew of tech companies behind OpenFlow and SDN.  OpenFlow also made a splash at the Interop conference in May, where vendors showed off early products in their booths and in a lab on the show floor.

OpenFlow is an open source project borne of a six-year research collaboration between Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.

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