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

NetDEF to Present Tutorial at OpenDaylight Summit 2015

twitter-snackable-opendaylight-summit-2015-date-clearNetwork Device Education Foundation, Inc. (NetDEF), is pleased to announce that its founder, Steven Noble, will be presenting an in-depth user tutorial on Open Networking at the OpenDaylight Summit on Monday, July 27, 2015 during the 1:30 p.m. time period.
The tutorial has been designed to cater to members of the networking community who are looking to integrate SDN concepts into their existing network infrastructure utilizing the OpenDaylight SDN Controller and OpenFlow capable switches.  The tutorial will consist of multiple network devices configured to emulate a standard LAN running classic routing protocols that will be migrated to a simple Software Defined Network utilizing the OpenDaylight SDN controller, Quagga and OpenFlow.

Mr. Noble is recognized for his expertise in the area of networking going back nearly two decades, having worked for companies such as Cisco Systems, Exodus Communications and, most recently, as the Chief Technology Officer at Sideband Networks.

“OpenDaylight is pleased to welcome NetDEF to the OpenDaylight Summit in Santa Clara,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “It’s been great to see them do some of the first third party scalability testing of OpenDaylight, and and we’re delighted they will be sharing their expertise via a tutorial on how to integrate OpenDaylight into existing networks.”

About the OpenDaylight Summit:

OpenDaylight Summit is where the industry meets to collaborate on networking’s de facto open SDN platform. It brings together users, developers and the SDN community to discuss, debate and demonstrate the latest technologies and trends in open SDN.

About the Network Device Education Foundation:

The Network Device Education Foundation, Inc, is a federally recognized 501c3 corporation providing needed assistance to the networking community through training, testing and via the support of open source software.

Tutorial on OpenDaylight Summit Site

NetDEF at Open Compute U.S. Summit 2015

NetDEF at the OCP U.S. Summit 2015



Steven Noble will be representing The Network Device Education Foundation at the Open Compute U.S Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11th and 12th.

There are a few ways that NetDEF is involved in OCP Networking:

1.) Testing and maintaining a Open Routing Stack in Quagga

2.) Testing devices that are part of the OCP ONIE Certified Hardware List.

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or finding out more about NetDEF or its projects such as Open Source Routing, Router Analysis or SDN Testing, please reach out on twitter to @sonoble or locate Steven on at the conference.

Router Analysis is now part of NetDEF

As of January 1st, 2015, Router Analysis is a project of The Network Device Education Foundation, Inc.

Started in 2011, Router Analysis provides unbiased information, reviews and testing of hardware network devices such as routers and switches.

The Router Analysis Project is lead by Steven Noble who has over 20 years of experience with Routers, Switches, Networks and Systems.  He was most recently the CTO at Sideband Networks.  Previously Steven worked at XDN, Cisco Systems, Procket Networks and Exodus Communications.

The Router Analysis Project consists of the following sites:

Router Analysis

Switch Analysis

SDN Testing

OpenSourceRouting to Exhibit at Open Networking Summit 2014

OpenSourceRouting to exhibit at ONS 2014


OpenSourceRouting will be exhibiting at Open Networking Summit 2014 from March 3rd-5th. OpenSourceRouting will be in booth A-8.

The demonstration will show a fully functional network design featuring Quagga running OSPF and BGP: Quagga is shown both as a pure software router using the underlining Linux kernel for forwarding on a standard PC and as a high-end distributed router with an OpenFlow based switch for forwarding.

Complete Network Setup:



Quagga as part of a distributed platform:

The RA Reference Controller running Vandervecken to control a Pica8 3280 switch using OpenFlow 1.3



Quagga as a software router:

Demonstration of Quagga as the core of a software router using the linux kernel for forwarding. Quagga is run on a Soekris Net 5501.


This year OpenSourceRouting will celebrate it’s 3rd year of being a part of the Open Network Summit.  The first two years as a part of the RouteFlow project and this year as a stand alone presenter.

NetDEF Takes Ownership of The OpenSourceRouting Project

NetDEF Takes Ownership of The OpenSourceRouting Project

opensourcerouting_mascot_and_blacktext_belowThe Network Device Education Foundation (NetDEF) recently took over ownership of the OpenSourceRouting (OSR) project started at ISC. With the project came the charter of sponsoring a maintainer, testing, developing and bug fixing for Quagga, an open source routing stack.

Martin Winter, co-founder of NetDEF recently gave an exclusive interview to Roy Chua of SDNCentral about OSR.

We at NetDEF are happy to have the opportunity to continue this important project.

Excerpt from the interview with SDNCentral:

Winter: Quagga is an open-source-licensed (GPLv2) routing stack. It is an implementation of IP routing protocols such as RIP, RIPng, OSPF and ISIS. I want to make the clear distinction of a routing stack compared to a full router implementation. For a full router, you need traffic forwarding and a routing stack. Quagga only implements the routing protocols. It can be run with Linux and can use the standard Linux kernel for forwarding (as software router), or it could be connected to a distributed forwarding platform using OpenFlow or any other open or proprietary interface (as a high-end distributed router). It could also be used just for the routing protocols to interface with off-the shelf routers to receive and announce routes.

Quagga evolved out of the Zebra routing code approximately 10 years ago. Zebra, as a public project, is abandoned, but it continues as a commercial solution with IP Infusion as ZebOS.

NetDEF Keeps Moving Forward

We have not had a lot to say recently as all of our time has been concentrated on finalizing the corporation and raising funds.  While we would like to be able to update everyone on our progress, it is still too early.  We expect to launch sometime before October 27th, 2013, the 6 month anniversary of the official founding of the Network Device Education Foundation, Inc.

We currently have two projects that we are working with:

The Router Analysis project, where we will be taking over the content and work that Router Analysis has been doing and continuing it under the NetDEF non-profit organization.

An unannounced open source project that will be our main focus at this time.

We thank you for following along on our journey.  If you would like to be involved you can send us email, drop us a note on this site, or meet with one of us at events worldwide such as the Asian Peering Forum, starting next week (the 19th of September), RIPE (middle of October) or NANOG (beginning of October).

At any event, or if you see us around, you can grab either Me, Steven Noble or Martin Winter and strike up a conversation.

Martin Winter at RIPE 66 – BoF/WG OpenSource

Martin Winter one of the original board members and founders of The Network Device Education Foundation will be talking about OpenSource projects and starting a Working Group for OpenSource at RIPE 66 in Dublin Ireland.

Feel free to talk to him about any OpenSource projects.  Funding questions, struggles you are having, etc. are all good topics.  We at NetDEF are looking to support the OpenSource community and educate the general public about OpenSource projects.

The Birth of the Network Device Education Foundation

On February 27th, 2013, the Network Device Education Foundation, Inc. a not-for-profit entity was formed.

The goal of NetDEF is simple:

Provide support for the Networking Community Good involving Training, Testing and Development.

We will:

Give training classes on Open Source products and Product Testing.

Provide equipment and funding to qualified individuals and organizations working on Open Source product Development.

Provide unbiased and uninfluenced testing information about products that interact with the Open Source projects that we are interacting with.

Projects We Have Supported:

RouteFlow: software modification, testing and donation of a Pica8 3290 to CPqD in Brazil.

Current Status:

The corporation and board has been formed and 501(c)3 status has been applied for.