Ben-Gurion University of the Negev




Laboratoire d'Informatic de Paris 6

Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique

Laboratory of Information, Networking, and Communication Science

Mairie de Paris

Microsoft Research

Oracle Labs


Telecom ParisTech

University Pierre and Marie Curie

Distributed Software-Defined Networks

DSDN 2014

PODC 2014 Workshop July 15, 2014 Paris, France


The Workshop on Distributed Software-Defined Networks (DSDN) is a forum to discuss new algorithmic and distributed computing challenges offered by the emerging field of Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN abstracts the cumbersome task of computer network management to a distinct control plane with a standard programming interface. Distributed implementations of the control plane give rise to new and interesting concurrency scenarios to be addressed by the distributed computing community.


The workshop is going to take place on 15 July in Paris, France, co-located with PODC 2014. The program combines peer-reviewed presentations (15 mins) with invited talks (30-40 mins), both from researchers in the field of distributed computing as well as from researchers in the field of networking. As such, the goal of the DSDN workshop is to provide a forum where the distributed computing and networking communities can meet and learn from their respective fields.

The  workshop is going to take place in room 26-25-101, at LIP6 (how to find LIP6)


8:30 Opening
8:35-9:15 Nate Foster (Cornell), Keynote: Foundations of SDN, slides: pdf
9:15-9:45 Yehuda Afek (Tel Aviv U), Consistent Range Classification with OpenFlow
9:45-10:00 Shlomi Dolev (Ben-Gurion U) and Shimrit Tzur-David  (Azrieli C of Engineering), SDN-Based Private Interconnection
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11:00 Marco Canini (UCL), Software Transactional Networking: A Robust and Distributed SDN Control Plane , slides: pdf
11:00-11:15 Gregory Chockler (U London) and Amitabh Trehan  (Queen’s U Belfast),  Towards Self-Healing SDN

Sanjai Narain, Dana Chee, Chung-Min Chen, Brian Coan, Ben Falchuk, Dov Gordon, Jon Kirsch, Siun-Chuon Mau, Aditya Naidu, Simon Tsang (Applied Communication Sciences, USA), Declarative, Distributed Configuration, slides: pdf

11:30-12:00 Robert Soulé (USI), Managing the Network with Merlin , slides: pdf
12:00-12:15 Discussion
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Roger Wattenhofer (ETHZ), Managing Dynamic Networks: Distributed or Centralized Control? (joint session with TADDS 2014), slides: pdf


Submissions (in PDF) are done by email to and, and should briefly (in 1-2 pages)  describe the content of the presentation. The abstracts will appear on the DSDN website, but will not be included in the PODC proceedings. The presentations can report and summarize on previous work, present early new results or put forward new and outrageous ideas.


  • Submission Deadline: May 30, 2014
  • Notification: June 10, 2014
  • Camera Ready: June 20, 2014


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