Split Architecture Carrier Grade Networks

Breaking monolithic architectures and the protocol lock in the networking stack.

The monolithic design of network elements with integrated forwarding, control and processing blocks emerging new protocols and technologies. Breaking this design lock is key to pave the way for emerging new protocols and architectures and to relieve existing hardware and infrastructure from legacy architectures. The European funded SPARC FP7 project studies carrier grade extensions to split architectures including OAM, restoration and reliability, network virtualization, and resource isolation in order to opening carrier networks towards the benefits of split architectures.

Split architectures enable network operators a disjoint evolution of data path and control mechanisms. Based on the OpenFlow approach proposed in the clean slate program at Stanford university, it may pave the way towards more dynamic control of services and connectivity in carrier networks.

Read about the SPARC use cases and the benefits of split architectures for carrier networks.

Learn more about the architectural approach, the prototypical implementation based on MPLS, and the performance evaluations done in SPARC.

All deliverables published so far are available for download.

 

For more information, please contact us under sparc-info@fp7-sparc.eu