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SYS 407: Software-Defined Networks


Software-defined networking (SDN) dramatically improves control system network performance and engineering capabilities. In this course, students will learn how SDN technology accomplishes this and how to engineer networks using SDN to enhance the cybersecurity, situational awareness, and performance of operational technology (OT) networks. This hands-on course uses SDN to engineer a network supporting a motor protection system with dual sources, teaching how to design, configure, test, troubleshoot, and validate an SDN network. The student will gain experience traffic engineering a real application-driven OT Ethernet network using the SEL-5056 SDN Flow Controller and the SEL-2740S SDN Switch.

This course is intended for any engineer who will be tasked with network design, configuration, deployment, or testing.


Day 1
  • Switched Packet Networking
  • Ethernet Frame Structure
  • Control Plane and Data Plane
  • Protocols (includes a hands-on exercise)
  • SDN Overview (includes hands-on exercises)
Day 2
  • SDN Details (includes hands-on exercises)
  • Features and Capabilities of SEL Technology (includes a hands-on exercise)
Day 3
  •  Network Engineering with OT SDN (full day of hands-on exercises)

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students can:

  • Review and interpret the different components used to engineer a network in terms of their applications, services, and policies
  • Compare and contrast the differences between the control and data planes and their responsibilities and requirements
  • Examine the Ethernet frame structure to recognize what fields are and how they are used in SDN
  • Review the different delivery methods of Ethernet frames and the use cases of why each exist
  • Review protocols and summarize how the lifecycle of a conversation is structured using Ethernet protocols
  • Demonstrate basic functions within Wireshark, such as how to capture and evaluate Ethernet frames, conversations, and troubleshooting
  • Review SDN and how its application improves network engineering
  • Identify the benefits SDN brings control systems—performance, cybersecurity, and situational awareness—and how this benefits the people and systems these networks are used in
  • Analyze what OT SDN is and how proactive traffic engineering enables new capabilities and performance for our critical systems
  • Relate how to apply SDN network engineering to your own network needs
  • Engineer and configure networks using SDN to maximize the benefits
  • Observe how SDN enables greater situational awareness after deployment and simplifies change management


Course Information
Course Base Fees: $USD1,800*

CEUs: 2.1
Available Courses
Pullman, Washington, USA
August 18–20, 2020

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Pullman, Washington 99163

Additional Information:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

Recommended Accommodations:

Residence Inn by Marriott Pullman
1255 NE North Fairway Rd
Pullman, WA 99163 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pullman
1190 SE Bishop Blvd 
Pullman, WA 99163 

Best Western Plus University Inn 
1516 W Pullman Rd 
Moscow, ID 83843 

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Course Requirements


Students should have a general understanding of networking and Ethernet packets.

Course Preparation

Please check the General Course Information page for what you should bring to class. In addition, please make sure that the laptop you bring to class has the following: