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SYS 407: Software-Defined Networks

CEUs: 2.3
PDHs: 23

Course Base Fees: $USD1,800*
* Plus Applicable Tax


SYS 407
Course Information

This is a three-day course.

Course Base Fees: $1,800 USD

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 Software-Defined Network Flow Controller and the SEL-2740S Software-Defined Network 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.

Student Background and Knowledge

Before you attend this class, we recommend that you have a general understanding of networking and Ethernet packets.

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Course Preparation

Install or update the following software/features on the laptop you are bringing to class:

  • SEL-C662 USB Driver.
  • Wireshark packet analyzer installed.
  • Ethernet port.
  • Google Chrome.
  • Digital course materials: A link to download the digital course materials will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to the course, and a workbook will be provided on the first day.

Please ensure that your laptop does not have any installation blocks before you come to class.

Additional information is on the Course Policies and FAQ pages.