AT&T SDN Network Design Challenge

As AT&T transitions to a software-centric network, we’re inviting more and more collaborators and partners to make the journey with us. We plan to virtualize 75 percent of our network by 2020. We must move at a quick and nimble pace to meet this goal.

One way we’re doing that is by tapping the best and brightest minds in the industry. So we’re inviting members of the university research community and/or research institutions to participate in the first-ever AT&T SDN Network Design Challenge hosted by AT&T Labs.

The Challenge provides a hands-on opportunity to innovate at scale with a realistic, carrier-grade network. The winning submission will earn a $50,000 prize, plus an opportunity for a summer internship at AT&T Labs for up to two students.

Participants will help answer the question: Which network routing method yields the best results, most efficiently and cost effectively?

To help answer this question, AT&T will provide a fictitious, but realistic, carrier network topology and traffic demands on which to base the design. The task is to come up with an efficient IP/Optical network design and routing algorithms that leverage SDN to create a robust, optimal network that meets latency and packet loss constraints. The routing and network design algorithms must be:

  • Clearly described
  • Your own original work
  • Provided in a Java implementation and executable in Linux environment
  • Verifiable on a standard computing platform

If you’re interested in participating, please read the full contest Official Rules and fill out the following form. For more information or questions, please email sdnchallenge@research.att.com.

*
*
*
*
*
(Only numeric values, no special characters.)
*
*
*
 Each and every member of my team has met the age requirements of the Challenge.
 Each and every member of my team is not a citizen of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
 Each and every member of my team is affiliated with a U.S.-based university or research institution.
 

Each and every member of my team has read and agree to the Official Rules.

Each and every team member must complete and return a simple nondisclosure agreement. The Team Lead must collect all team members’ agreements and email them to sdnchallenge@research.att.com. We’ll provide instructions and next steps after you submit your registration.

 

The AT&T SDN Network Design Challenge is open to United States citizens, permanent residents and foreign students who are 18 or older (but 19 in Alabama and Nebraska, and 21 in Mississippi) and who are part-time or full-time faculty members or students at colleges and universities or research institutions in the United States.  The AT&T SDN Network Design Challenge begins on May 15, 2015 and ends on the sooner of November 15, 2015 or AT&T’s receipt of the fiftieth entry.  Void in Puerto Rico, outside of the United States and where prohibited by law.  Citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are ineligible to participate.