Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies

intro to open source networking

Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies (LFS165)

Learn technical fundamentals needed to adopt SDN, NFV, disaggregation, orchestration, network automation, and modern networking. Discover use cases and technical options for open networking. Plus: learn more about The Linux Foundation networking projects.

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Course Overview

Explore open source networking projects, from The Linux Foundation and beyond, that are shaping the future of networking and telecoms.

Designed for open source enthusiasts, university students, network architects and engineers, security architects and engineers, and systems engineers, this course offers a great introduction to open source networking.

This course covers the open networking stack from top to bottom; starting from networking hardware disaggregation and modern 100G and 400G switches, through network operating systems, network controllers, virtualization, and orchestration.

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Develop an understanding of the use cases and technical options for modern open networking in enterprises, service providers, and cloud providers. Become familiar with the following open source networking projects and their use cases:

  • Open Compute Project, ONIE, Akraino
  • FD.io, OVS, IO Visor, DPDK, Open Dataplane, P4
  • OpenSwitch , Open Network Linux , FRR, DANOS, SONIC, FBOSS
  • OpenDayLight, Tungsten Fabric (OpenContrail) , ONOS, CORD, Open Security Controller
  • ONAP, OPNFV
  • PNDA, SNAS

Some chapters of the course include a special “Knowledge Bridge” section to map the techniques of traditional networking people to the new topics being covered in the chapter.

What you’ll learn:

  • The software-defined and open source networking landscape
  • How networking hardware is being disaggregated
  • Open network operating systems (NOS) and how they run on different networking hardware
  • Ways to automate networking tasks
  • How software-defined network (SDN) controllers manage underlay networks
  • Network function virtualization and how it can help reduce the complexity of today’s data center environments
  • Orchestration tools that can build a bridge between applications and networking

Course Syllabus:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Open Source Networking
  • Chapter 2. The Open Source and Software Defined Networking Landscape
  • Chapter 3. Disaggregated Hardware
  • Chapter 4. IO Abstraction and Data Path
  • Chapter 5. Network Operating systems
  • Chapter 6. Network Control
  • Chapter 7. Cloud and Virtual Management
  • Chapter 8. Network Virtualization
  • Chapter 9. Network Function Virtualization
  • Chapter 10. Orchestration, Management, Policy
  • Chapter 11. Network Automation
  • Chapter 12. Network Data Analytics
  • Chapter 13. Summary
  • Final Exam

Course Details

Length: 10 weeks

Effort: 3-4 hours per week

Level: Beginner

Price: Free (certificate optional)