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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an exciting technology that enables innovation in how we design and manage networks. Although this technology seems to have appeared suddenly, SDN is part of a long history of efforts to make computer networks more programmable. In this paper, we trace the intellectual history of programmable networks, including active networks, early efforts to separate the control and data plane, and more recent work on Open-Flow and network operating systems. We highlightdoi:10.1145/2602204.2602219 fatcat:6go3lxmlo5cejo367rr3pwnx3q