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Project Description: A distributed SDN emulator

Further info: MaxiNet extends the famous Mininet emulation environment to span the emulation across several physical machines. This allows to emulate very large software-defined networks. 

MaxiNet runs on a pool of multiple physical machines called Workers. Each of these Workers runs a Mininet emulation and only emulates a part of the whole network. Switches and hosts are interconnected using GRE tunnels across different Workers. MaxiNet provides a centralized API for controlling the emulation. This API is invoked at a specialized Worker called the Frontend. The Frontend partitions and distributes the virtual network onto the Workers and keeps a list of which node resides on which Worker. This way we can access all nodes through the Frontend. 

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