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Special Edition, October 2017, Vol. 1, No. 4

Learn SDN in school, experts urge today's networking students

Software-defined networking has a firm foothold at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where both undergraduate and graduate students enjoy myriad opportunities to learn SDN in the classroom and in a cutting-edge, multimillion-dollar network programming lab. Those bragging rights come largely thanks to the efforts of Robert Cannistra, a network industry veteran and longtime lecturer at the college who helped found the Marist SDN Innovation Lab in 2011, through a partnership with IBM. After several years working with individual students on SDN research projects, he and his colleagues decided it was time to bring software-defined learning from the lab to the classroom. "We thought it was doing the students an injustice to not discuss SDN in the networking curriculum," he says. Textbook tipping point Such a thought may not have occurred to instructors at schools with less aggressive attitudes toward SDN education -- at least, not yet. Although SDN gets a lot of buzz in the wider networking industry, it doesn't seem to have much ...

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