Software-Defined Networking (SDN): Layers and Architecture Terminology, January 2015
- Canonical URL:
- File formats:
- E. Haleplidis, Ed.
K. Pentikousis, Ed.
J. Hadi Salim
Discuss this RFC: Send questions or comments to email@example.com
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) refers to a new approach for network programmability, that is, the capacity to initialize, control, change, and manage network behavior dynamically via open interfaces. SDN emphasizes the role of software in running networks through the introduction of an abstraction for the data forwarding plane and, by doing so, separates it from the control plane. This separation allows faster innovation cycles at both planes as experience has already shown. However, there is increasing confusion as to what exactly SDN is, what the layer structure is in an SDN architecture, and how layers interface with each other. This document, a product of the IRTF Software-Defined Networking Research Group (SDNRG), addresses these questions and provides a concise reference for the SDN research community based on relevant peer-reviewed literature, the RFC series, and relevant documents by other standards organizations.
For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.
For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.