Bare metal switches and Linux

This proposal has been accepted as a session.

Accepted Session
60 Minute BoF
Scheduled: Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4:50 – 5:50pm in Celestin H

One Line Summary

Creating a bare-metal switch linux eco-system.


En route to generating Cumulus Linux, the team had to contend with a variety of issues that needed to be handled to make the possibility of deploying a bare metal switch into a production data center deployment. The general premise is that Linux is a more than sufficient operating system for network gear as long as the network data path is hardware accelerated.

Along the way we made assumptions, patches and attempts to mold the path forward and which we wanted to generate some discussion around.

This BOF should be of interest to developers interested in talking about the following challenges
1. The ecosystem problem of defining a “bare-metal switch” and creating generic kernel parameters
2. The resource management problem of reconciling h/w tables with kernel structures and reporting failures consistently
3. Resolving consistency problems for interacting with the kernel i.e. netlink libraries, stp engines etc


Leave a private comment to organizers about this proposal