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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7191647, 35 pages
Review Article

State of the Art and Recent Research Advances in Software Defined Networking

Center for Security, Communications and Network Research, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Taimur Bakhshi;

Received 29 July 2016; Revised 11 October 2016; Accepted 20 October 2016; Published 15 January 2017

Academic Editor: Giovanni Pau

Copyright © 2017 Taimur Bakhshi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Emerging network services and subsequent growth in the networking infrastructure have gained tremendous momentum in recent years. Application performance requiring rapid real-time network provisioning, optimized traffic management, and virtualization of shared resources has induced the conceptualization and adoption of new networking models. Software defined networking (SDN), one of the predominant and relatively new networking paradigms, seeks to simplify network management by decoupling network control logic from the underlying hardware and introduces real-time network programmability enabling innovation. The present work reviews the state of the art in software defined networking providing a historical perspective on complementary technologies in network programmability and the inherent shortcomings which paved the way for SDN. The SDN architecture is discussed along with popular protocols, platforms, and existing simulation and debugging solutions. Furthermore, a detailed analysis is presented around recent SDN development and deployment avenues ranging from mobile communications and data centers to campus networks and residential environments. The review concludes by highlighting implementation challenges and subsequent research directions being pursued in academia and industry to address issues related to application performance, control plane scalability and design, security, and interdomain connectivity in the context of SDN.