Announcing FRRouting, a new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

The Network Device Education Foundation (NetDEF) with it’s OpenSourceRouting Project starts together with 128 Technology, 6WIND, ATCorp, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks, ISC, LabN, Orange and Volta Networks the new FRRouting project under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation.

It’s an exiting moment in our history and in the history of the industry to get a new fork of Quagga started and evolve it into the best open source routing stack. FRRouting (FRR) is an IP routing protocol suite for Unix platforms which includes protocol daemons for BGP, IS-IS, LDP, OSPF, PIM, and RIP

The contributors designed FRR to streamline the routing protocol stack and to make engineers’ lives that much easier. Businesses can use FRR for connecting hosts, virtual machines, and containers to the network; advertising network service endpoints; network switching and routing; and Internet access/peering routers.

The development community is very open – everyone is welcome, so come and join the community on Github. Read all about our community on the website.

OpenSourceRouting is running the public Continuous Integration (CI) system for the community and we try to make sure to provide a very high quality routing stack, ready be used for any critical deployment

Release 2.0 published

The first release 2.0 just got released and it already contains many new features. Some of the highlights of this release:

  • 32-bit route tags were added to BGP and OSPFv2/v3, improving route policy maintenance and increasing interoperability in multivendor environments;
  • Update-groups and nexthop tracking enable BGP to scale to ever-increasing environments;
  • BGP add-path provides users with the ability to advertise service reachability in richly connected networks;
  • The addition of RFC 5549 to BGP provides IPv4 connectivity using IPv6 native infrastructure, enabling customers to build IPv6-centric networks;
  • Virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) enables BGP users to operate isolated routing domains such as those used by web application infrastructures, hosting providers, and Internet Service Providers;
  • EVPN Type 5 routes allow customers with Layer 2 data centers to exchange subnet information using BGP EVPN;
  • PIM-SM and MSDP enable enterprise applications that rely on IP multicast to use FRR;
  • Static LSPs along with LDP enable architects to use MPLS to engineer network data flow;
  • An overhaul of the CLI infrastructure and new unit test infrastructure improves the ongoing development and quality of FRR; and
  • Enabling IETF NVO3 network virtualization control allows users to build standards-based interoperable network virtualization overlays.

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