Announcing Mininet 2.0.0

We are pleased to announce the availability of Mininet 2.0.0!

In the last few years, the Mininet community has grown from a few users at Stanford to an active mailing list with over 500 members in academia, startups, and industry.

Version 2 (“HiFi”) is a major upgrade that expands Mininet’s scope from functional testing (“does my network control plane work?”) to performance testing (“how well does my custom congestion control perform with 10 Mb/s links?”). New APIs now allow you to create links with specified bandwidths, latencies and loss rates, and to limit the CPU usage of virtual hosts. Using these new features, 37 students in Stanford University’s Advanced Topics in Networking course (CS244) replicated 16 published research experiments; you’re encouraged to browse their stories at The Reproducing Network Research Blog.

Other new features of Mininet 2.0.0 include:

  • An all-new website, http://mininet.github.com, with online doxypy documentation for all classes.
  • More flexible mn command line options, including the ability to specify NOX (and, in the future, POX) modules from the mn command line, and the ability to set link and CPU bandwidth limits
  • Dynamic link reconnection in OVS (supports migration and mobility emulation)
  • First-class abstractions/classes for link (Link) and interface (Intf) objects
  • Interface/link bandwidth limiting support using tc, via TCIntf and TCLink classes
  • CPU bandwidth limiting supporting both CFS bandwidth limiting and POSIX real-time scheduling, via the CPULimitedHost class
  • Easier task execution on virtual hosts via the Host.Popen() interface, implemented in mnexec using the setns system call
  • Easier and faster native installations that can use the latest Open vSwitch packages.

Note that the Topo object has changed somewhat to enable more flexible topology params, and as a result, your old code may need a few changes.

Download and installation instructions are available at http://mininet.github.com/download and Mininet source code may be found at https://github.com/mininet/mininet. We welcome new feature implementations, bug fixes, bug reports, FAQ additions and other contributions, and we look forward to high-quality discussions on mininet-discuss.

Thanks to all the code contributors, bug reporters, and active users who helped make this release possible!

The Mininet Team

  • Bob Lantz
  • Brandon Heller
  • Nikhil Handigol
  • Vimalkumar Jeyakumar

Website Updated

The old website had an obscure, needed-Google-to-find-it address, and was generated server-side, so it could be a bit slow. The new page you’re seeing was built with Octopress and is hosted on GitHub Pages. Since it’s all statically generated pages now, it should load super-quick, and it’ll be easier to add blog entries and do page customization.

Try it out, and let us know what you think!

-The Mininet Team