Faculty Advisor

Shue, Craig A.


IT specialists' need for fine-grained control over traffic flow has recently gained prominence. The software-defined networking (SDN) paradigm provides a viable solution to the problem of directing network connections through arbitrary paths; however, for an enterprise to support traditional SDN it must upgrade most (if not all) of its switches to modern OpenFlow-enabled models. In this paper, we present SHARP, a host-based SDN design that achieves feature parity with traditional switch-based SDNs. SHARP uses VLAN tags and an overlay-style networking protocol to dictate how packets should be routed through a LAN. SHARP implements and surpasses the feature set of switch-based SDNs. To demonstrate the abilities of our system, we incorporate SHARP into PEACE, a next-generation SDN firewall.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science