Billed “the year’s premier open source technology event,” Red Hat Summit showcases “the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems management technologies.” Attendees gain industry knowledge through a combination of exhibits, keynote and breakout sessions, demos, networking opportunities, and more.

Cisco at Red Hat Summit 2017

At this year’s Red Hat Summit, Cisco will be on hand to showcase its intelligence across the network, highlighting simple, secure, transformative cloud-based infrastructure. Join us in Boston from May 2–4, 2017 as we share powerful solutions to move your business forward in a hybrid IT world.

From software to data centers, cloud computing to systems management, we will display a range of innovations for the enterprise. Additionally, our experts will provide insights about Cisco’s portfolio and market trends during a breakout session and theater presentation.

Connect with Cisco DevNet, Red Hat, and the Open Source Developer Community

As you prep for this year’s Red Hat Summit, engage with Cisco DevNet’s Open Source Dev Center to gain access to everything open source at Cisco, including learning labs, developer sandboxes, and much more. Then at the summit, be sure to catch my talks in the theater at the Cisco booth.

“Hands on Containerized Deployment of OpenStack” - Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30PM

“Getting Started with OpenDaylight” - Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00PM

“Combining Open Source with Open Standards” - Thursday, May 4 at 12:30PM


I will also be available after each talk in the Expert Bar to answer any questions related to my talks or anything open source at Cisco.


Additional details on everything we have for you at the Red Hat Summit, including a complete list of main conference and theater sessions can be found here

Note that the session schedules are still be updated, so bookmark this page and check back for the most complete and up to date schedule.


If you have not already, register for the Red Hat Summit. I hope to see you there!

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Euro17 LSO Hackathon Next Week

Posted by eckelcu Apr 19, 2017

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The next iteration of MEF's LSO Hackathon series is happening next week in Frankfurt, Germany. The Euro17 Hackathon, like previous MEF LSO hackathons, is an accelerator for various OpenLSO and OpenLSO projects aimed at creating reference implementations of the LSO architecture and APIs being standardized by MEF. Participation in the hackathon is free and open to everyone, not just MEF members. The spirit is very collaborative with emphasis on getting people from different companies, open source projects, and standards efforts working together toward the following set of shared goals.



Acceleration of pace and relevance of MEF LSO APIs and standards

  • Validation of evolving APIs/standards
  • Feedback into technical committees
  • Create SDN controller plugins, interface with LSO orchestration solutions

Collaboration across SDOs and Open Source communities

  • Increased awareness, open discussions
  • Support for LSO APIs in relevant open source projects

More running code

  • Sample code
  • Reference implementations
  • Utilities, test tools


The list of projects for next week is as follows:

  • LSO Sonata R1
    • Service Provider ordering integration with OpenDaylight Unimgr via Presto
    • Potentially start integration with ONAP
  • LSO Presto R1
    • OpenCS Packet WAN OpenDaylight Unimgr
    • OpenCS Optical
  • LSO Analytics via PNDA
    • OpenDaylight, ONAP, OpenStack, Cisco ASR 9K as producers
    • Sample apps consuming PNDA data


Additional details on the projects and information regarding registration can be found on the Euro17 Hackathon wiki. Hope to see you there!

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 4.02.17 PM.pngThe Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) blew into Chicago for IETF 98, March 25-31. As has become customary, a full week of improving the internet kicked off with the IETF Hackathon, March 25-26. The hackathon one of the key elements of the IETF’s approach to combine running code and open source software with the specification of new and evolving internet standards.


IETF hackathons are free and open to everyone. The stated goals are to:


  • Advance the pace and relevance of IETF standards activities by bringing the speed and collaborative spirit of open source development into the IETF
  • Bring developers and young people into IETF and get them exposed to and interested in IETF


Attending the IETF meeting the following is encouraged but optional. One of the ways the hackathon meets it first goal is by participants sharing what they achieved and learned during the hackathon with the larger IETF community, both by presenting their result during working group sessions throughout the week and by demonstrating their work at the Bits-n-Bites reception on Thursday evening.

This hackathon saw 115 or more people sacrifice a weekend of admiring Chicago’s brilliant architecture to instead collaborate on code with colleagues from various companies,  standards organizations, open source communities, and universities. For about a third of the participants, this was their first IETF hackathon. For about a dozen, this was their first experience with the IETF period.

We had roughly 15 different projects, each of which was led by volunteers known as champions. Projects were shared in advance via the hackathon wiki, and when the doors opened at 8am Saturday, champions posted signs by their tables to help potential contributors locate teams they wished to join.

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Despite jet lag from travel and the early start, teams worked late into the night Saturday, even after the last remnants of dinner had been cleared and the last beer had been consumed. Sunday folks started early again, ironing out bugs and coding up additional functionality right up until the time project presentations started at 2pm. Each team had 4 minutes to share what they had done, what they had learned, and how they moved IETF work forward.

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An esteemed set of judges from the IETF community listened and asked clarifying questions after each presentation. Winners were then announced in the spirit of friendly competition. The winning teams were as follows:


  • (D)TLS - Best Overall, for their work on TLS 1.3 and the corresponding version of DTLS

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  • NETVC - Measure Twice Cut Once, for a proof of concept that will guide future specifications

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  • CAPPORT - Best Kickstart, for a project that kicked new energy into a working group that had stalled

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  • WebRTC PSAP - Best Students, for a new project from professors and students at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

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  • LoRaWAN - Best Newcomers, for a project that benefited from significant contribution from first time IETFers

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  • AMT-Multicast - Most Remote Participant, with a team member participating remotely from Mauritius

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For additional details on these and other projects, see the project presentations. Also noteworthy, and close to be selected as a winner for several of these categories, was the I2NSF project team, with participants from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, who traveled to Chicago to continue their award winning project from the IETF 97 Hackathon last year in Seoul.


FullSizeRender.jpgWinners were given first shot at a variety of swag contributed by the IETF secretariat and Google. Winning teams also received priority when it came to hackathon projects to feature at Bit-n-Bites Thursday evening.

The following teams took advance of this opportunity to share their work with the larger IETF community in a fun atmosphere.


  • AMT/Multicast
  • (D)TLS


Special thanks to our sponsors, Ericsson and Mozilla, who answered the call in the final weeks before the hackathon to help the expenses involved with holding the hackathon.  And thanks as well to my employer, Cisco DevNet, who supports my efforts organizing the hackathons and provided t-shirts for all participants, including for the first time ever, women’s specific sizes!



Last but certainly not least, thanks to Alissa Cooper and Jari Arkko, the incoming and outgoing IETF chairs, who are both big supporters of the hackathon and have been instrumental in bringing it to the IETF. Be sure to check out their summary of IETF 98.

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If you missed you in Chicago, no worries, another chance to save the internet is just around the corner. We hope to see you at the IETF 99 Hackathon in Prague, July 15-16.

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 12.03.47 PM.pngOpen Networking Summit (ONS) was this week in Santa Clara, CA. The theme of the conference was “Open Networking - Harmonize, Harness, Consume.” We kicked things off with a hackathon, the first ever at ONS. Despite being announced late and limited to a single day due to a packed schedule, roughly 100 people dropped in at some point and around 50 rolled up their sleeves and really contributed to one of more project teams. We certainly got the conference off on the right foot as we immediately began harmonizing folks from different open source projects, harnessing the passion and talents of a skilled group of open source developers, then consuming large quantities of draft beer at the Open Source Community Reception immediately after the hackathon.




  • The largest group by far was focused on ONAP. The wiki and code became publicly available only Monday morning. This group left in mass to attend to the ONAP overview session Monday morning, then returned for what was essentially a demonstration of how to get started with an ONAP deployment in Rackspace with lots of Q&A. This is currently the only supported deployment model. Deployment to generic OpenStack is coming soon. A few people actually tied to deploy their own instance, worked through some issues, but reported back positive results.
  • There were a few small teams that worked on projects around OpenSwitch OPX, led by Dell/EMC.
  • Others worked on docs for OpenDaylight, OPNFV, and OpenSwitch.

Project Presentations


  • ONAP Team: The ONAP wiki went live and code was made publicly available at 7am, hacking started at 9am. Following a general overview of ONAP offered as one of the conference tutorials, participants walked through getting started with ONAP, installing and running it using a number of VMs spun up within Rackspace. There were some “surprises” along the way, but most things worked well and whatever did not was quickly resolved with help of experts in room. End results, 20+ people had first experience with ONAP, have a better understanding of what it is, how it works, and what is required to get it up and running. As of today, ONAP runs on Rackspace only; however, the support for a generic OpenStack deployment is coming soon (weeks, not months).
  • OpenSwitch Team: Used the gRPC interface provided through the OpenSwitch open source network operating system (OPX) to configure VLANs as a proof of concept of what can be done.
  • OpenDaylight Docs Team: Updated OpenDaylight Unimgr developer guide and user guide to new template and made changes for the upcoming release - Carbon.
  • OpenSwitch Docs Team: Explored ways to make documentation interactive. Used Open Switch docs as a test project to demonstrate the potential benefit to open source docs in general.
  • DELL DevOps Infra Team: Integrated an app into this infrastructure, using Elastic Beats with ELK stack to deploy logging configuration to all the servers in the cluster and report back and collect within Elk Stack and display via Kibana.


Consensus and Next Steps


  • Participants enjoyed the hackathon and considered it a very valuable use of their time. Note that they had to miss out on other tutorial and Keynote sessions in order to free up time to participate in the hackathon. Plans are to have additional hackathons at future ONS and other Linux Foundation events. We hope to see you there!
  • Thanks to Cisco DevNet and Dell-EMC for their efforts in joining with the Linux Foundation to make this first ever hackathon a reality.

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