RAPTOR: A REST API translaTOR for OpenFlow controllers

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Many Software-Defined Networking (SDN) controllers support a 'northbound interface' by which applications can interact with the SDN controller and (indirectly) control the underlying SDN network. The absence of a standard for the northbound interface of these controllers makes it difficult for application developers to create interoperable/portable code (i.e., code that works with any SDN controller). Developers are forced to re-write almost all of their code every time they want to support a new controller. This tedious and time consuming process is typically a start-over software development cycle that involves learning new APIs, data models, and controller-specific conventions. In this paper, we present RAPTOR, a REST-based API translaTOR service for SDN networks that allows users to develop their network control software independent of any particular SDN controller. RAPTOR exposes its own REST-based API functions and data models to user applications and translates application requests into controller-specific northbound interface calls. To demonstrate the viability of RAPTOR, we implemented and deployed RAPTOR in GENI and used it in conjunction with different types of controllers. We also developed GENI Desktop modules that interacted with RAPTOR to install, list, delete and monitor end-to-end flows regardless of the controller used for controlling the underlying switches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467399555
StatePublished - Sep 6 2016
Event35th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2016Apr 14 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Conference35th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, INFOCOM WKSHPS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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