Is there any simulator with OpenFlow support?

Tag: networking , simulator , openflow Author: wsy285623093 Date: 2012-11-22

I want to simulate OpenFlow to check its performance and efficiency in certain framework. How can I do that without using actual openflow enabled switches?

Other Answer1

You can use Mininet, it's a openflow network prototyping tool that used openVSwitch. Mininet allows you to create large network topologies and simulate traffic.

Other Answer2

Mininet, as mentioned should be your best shot.

Its strong points are:

  • active development
  • very active mailing list
  • preconfigured Ubuntu VM available
  • supports other distributions, too

Go vote on the area 51 proposal to make it a stackexchange site!!!

I am in the process of building a Mininet installer for Fedora. It installs on a full install, once I get it to run completely and on a minimal install I will ask it to be forged back into mininet's trunk.

Other Answer3

To do performance testing or in general research in Software Defined Networking field you have several options for network simulator & emulator:

1) Mininet (Emulator; Learning curve: Easy; Open source)

2) Estinet (Simulator & Emulator; Learning curve: Moderate; Proprietary)

3) ns-3 (Simulator; Learning curve: Difficult; Open source)