Software Defined Networking Essentials (LFS465)

SDN (Software Defined Networking) abstracts networking infrastructure away from the actual physical equipment. This allows network system administrators to maintain the networking environment across multiple vendors and hardware, and operating systems and versions. This course is designed to provide Developers and advanced Network Engineers exposure to modeling in Open Source Software Defined Networking (SDN). We first discuss the context of SDN components then progress to show the code created through modeling in OpenDaylight and Tungsten Fabric. This course concludes by writing an application from scratch.

OpenDaylight is an open networking platform that enables SDN and constructs a solid foundation for NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) for all network sizes.

Tungsten Fabric is an open source network virtualization solution for providing connectivity and security for virtual, containerized or bare-metal workloads.

We discuss both of these platforms in detail.

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Course Overview

Software Defined Networking with OpenDaylight discusses:

  • SDN
  • OpenDaylight
  • Tools such as mininet and wireshark
  • Applications using OpenDaylight and Tungstein Fabric APIs

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After completing the course, students will:

  • Have a solid understanding of SDN and the protocols, tools and methods used.
  • Understand the openDayLight SDN controller with its APIs and how it fits into SDN as well as the role of Tungsten Fabric.
  • Write applications on-top of the OpenDaylight and Tungsten Fabric APIs.
  • Gained understanding of the tools to simulate and debug network topologies.


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Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Objectives and Goals
    • Audience
    • The Linux Foundation
    • Linux Foundation Training Offerings
    • Course Platform: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Course Procedures
    • Course Registration
    • Labs
  2. Software Defined Networking
    • Linux Networking and SDN
    • Networking Primer
    • Data and Control Plane in SDN
    • Networking components in SDN
    • Knowledge Check
  3. Open vSwitch **
    • Introduction
    • Open vSwitch Components
    • Open vSwitch installation
    • Using Open vSwitch
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs **
  4. Simulation and Observation
    • Objectives
    • Mininet
    • Mininet Command Line
    • Mininet Python API
    • Wireshark
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  5. SDN – History and Evolution
    • Early Networking
    • Datacenters and Network Operation
    • Evolution of Network Programmability
    • Knowledge Check
  6. Network Programmability
    • SNMP
    • YANG
    • Knowledge Check
  7. OpenFlow
    • Introduction
    • OpenFlow Basics and Versions
    • OpenFlow Protocol
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  8. Network Virtualization and Multi-tenancy
    • Virtualization in the Datacenter and in the Network
    • Multi-Tenancy
    • OF-Config
    • Knowledge Check
  9. Data Acceleration Technologies
    • DPDK and Other Intel EPA features
    • SR-IOV/PCI Passthrough
    • IOVisor
    • Labs
  10. SDN Use Cases
    • Network Slicing
    • Transport Network Optimization
    • Cloud/Edge
    • SD-WAN/vCPE
    • Intra DC Connection
    • Labs
  11. Introduction to OpenDaylight
    • The OpenDaylight Project
    • Components of OpenDaylight
    • Project resources
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  12. Introduction to Tungsten Fabric
    • The TF Project
    • Community; Benefits of TF
    • Describe TF Architecture and Overlay Network Principles
    • Explain Components of TF
    • Service Chaining
    • Monitoring
    • Multi Tenancy
    • Labs
  13. Introduction to VM networking
    • OpenStack Neutron
    • ML-2/L3 Plugins
    • Labs
  14. Introduction to Container Networking
    • CNI
    • Calico
    • Flannel
    • Labs
  15. Virtual Networking Service Assurance
    • Introduction to OPNFV Calipso
    • Labs
  16. YANG
    • YANG
    • yangtools
    • YANG to Java mapping
    • YANG in OpenDaylight
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  17. Apache Karaf – the OSGi container
    • OSGi
    • Apache Karaf Project
    • OpenDaylight and Karaf
    • Using Karaf
    • Karaf settings for OpenDaylight
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  18. OpenDaylight Controller and MD-SAL
    • How the controller evolved
    • MD-SAL
    • Brokers and RPC-Calls
    • The Datastore
    • Clustering MD-SAL
    • Plugin Development Workflow
    • Development environment setup
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  19. Eclipse Setup and Importing OpenDaylight
    • Eclipse
    • Knowledge Check
    • Labs
  20. Observing and Logging OpenDaylight
    • Observing
    • Logging
    • Debugging
    • Knowledge Check
  21. Writing an Application using OpenDaylight
    • Labs
  22. TF Architecture Deep Dive
    • TF Architecture Overview
    • TF Control Plane
    • TF Data Plane
    • TF Management
    • TF Basic Troubleshooting
    • TF Security Policy Framework
    • Labs
  23. TF Configuration
    • Configuration Techniques
    • vRouter Configuration
    • Virtual Networks Configuration
    • Network Policy/Security Group Configuration
    • TF API
    • Remote Edge
    • Labs
  24. TF And External Networks
    • Connecting Virtual and Physical Networks
    • Floating IPs
    • Simple Virtual Gateway Configuration
    • EVPN
    • Labs
  25. TF Network Services
    • TF and Docker containers
    • Baremetal Workloads
    • BGP-as-a-service
    • LBaaS
    • vRouter Deployment Models (Kernel, DPDK, SRIOV, SmartNic)
    • DNS Server
    • Broadcast/Multicast
    • Device Manager
    • Labs
  26. Observing and Logging TF
    • Monitoring
    • Logging
    • Analytics
    • Labs
  27. Closing and Evaluation Survey


This course is designed to provide Developers and advanced Network Engineers exposure to modeling in Open Source Software Defined Networking (SDN). Students should have a good grasp of typical scalability and system administration issues frequently encountered in enterprise environments. They should also be well­ versed in Linux command line usage, shell scripting and text file editing.

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Delivery Method

Live Online (Virtual)

Delivery Method

Live (Classroom)


  • 2 days of Instructor-led class time
  • Hands-on Labs & Assignments
  • Resources & Course Manual
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Free Chromebook

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