Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies

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.

Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies

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About this course

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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.

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.

At a glance

  • Institution: LinuxFoundationX
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    It is recommended that audience have some basic knowledge of computer networking and virtualization.

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • 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

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

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