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Brent’s Technology Bookmarks from June

Cat Are You Fucking Kidding Me

Lots going on in the past couple of months. While current projects have me pretty busy I wanted to share some good reads and interesting developments in the industry. In no particular order: Thats all for now. Have a great weekend.

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Updated DevStack OpenDaylight VM Image for OpenStack IceHouse

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Here is an updated Fedora 20 image for building OpenStack Icehouse and OpenDaylight. ODL is now merged into the upcoming OpenStack Icehouse release so now you can install ODL directly from OpenStack trunk. The updated image comes from Kyle Mestery who was primarily responsible for getting the OpenStack/OpenDaylight merge and navigating the process. Thanks also to Andrew Grimberg from the …

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Setting Up Overlays on Open vSwitch

Network Overlay

Most “SDN” solutions involve overlays or at the least HW overlay gateways/ToR of some type. Some sell overlays terminating in hardware, others sell overlays terminating in the server. The encaps include standards like GRE, VXLAN and soon to be Geneve (Generic Network Virtualization Encapsulation: basically the good parts of the other encaps evolved). While none of these overlay networks should …

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OpenDaylight OpenStack Integration with DevStack on Fedora

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The following is a walk through of the OVSDB project within OpenDaylight for OpenStack integration. There are a couple of bugs so it is not for the faint of heart. It is intended for those looking to get their development environment up and running. We will have videos and what not walking through the installation and code reviews of the …

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Install Open vSwitch Networking on Red Hat Fedora 20

Open Vswitch Lab

The following tutorial will bootstrap you in installing and configuring Open vSwitch on Red Hat Fedora 20. It also has some extras that are just general Fedora configuration tasks such as setting up networking along with Wireshark over an X11 ssh session. This is the first of lots of integration posts over the next year as we develop network virtualization …

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Installing OpenStack ML2 Neutron Plugin with DevStack on Fedora

OpenStack ML2 Driver Post

OpenStack networking is tricky. This is primarily because programmable distributed systems are relatively new beyond the rigid L2/L3 control protocols we have used for the past 20 years. What I am consistently impressed with about OpenStack networking is the innovative network services that systems programmers are developing using APIs and virtual switching. Of course most vendors have a plugin for …

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Install Open vSwitch v2 from Source on Red Hat Fedora 19

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This is a walk through for installing Open vSwitch v2.0+ on RedHat Fedora 19 from source. If you want to build Open vSwitch from RPM binaries please see this post There are some new OVS tables included in the latest builds that include some neat concepts. OVS is often regarded as the SDN reference data plane implementation in the early …

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The OpenFlow Overlay

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Integrating SDN beyond the data center is still the wild west. The needs are very similar, traffic classification and policy instantiation at the edge. Data center solutions then abstract the underlying network with tunneling/encapsulation mechanisms to achieve IP mobility among other things. Outside the data center, some may care about choosing a forwarding path beyond the SPF calculation accounting for …

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OpenDaylight Maven and OSGI Dev Notes

Osgi Maven

Prior to OpenDaylight I had only used the ODGI framework with David Ericson’s Beacon contorller. I wanted to dump some of my notes from code hacking over the past couple of weeks. Most of the time has been spent getting used to OSGI and Maven. After the Maven and OSGI overviews, I list my dev notes for setting OSGI log …

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Compiling Wireshark to Install the OpenFlow Dissector on a MAC

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For those looking to learn or begin some development work with OpenFlow your trusty friend is the OpenFlow Wireshark dissector. Unfortunately it is still not available as a built in plugin packaged with the Wireshark binary yet. So in the meantime it requires compiling wireshark to get the C header files to generate the shared object file to drop into …

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Pre-Built OpenDaylight VM Images

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While there is still some uncertainty on the platform details of OpenDaylight, there isn’t uncertainty in my mind, where I will be devoting my time for the rest of the year. I put up a couple of Pre-Built OpenDaylight VM Image, made up of the two proposed bootstrap controllers and OpenFlow tools, on a couple of VM images. I split …

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Importing OpenDaylight Into Eclipse

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This is a quick video for importing OpenDaylight into Eclipse for development. You need to build OpenDaylight with Maven prior to importing it into Eclipse. Once you build ODL from the CLI, you can either run it from there for learning OpenFlow or getting to know the OpenDaylight controller or go on to importing the controller into Eclipse. For those …

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OpenDaylight OpenFlow Tutorial

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The OpenDaylight project was announced this week and they already have working controller code up on a repositry. Under the controller hood, looks to be the OSGI framework originally forked from David Erickson’s Beacon controller. It’s a simple tutorial to help kickstart the dependencies and getting a chance to learn how instantiating OpenFlow flow rules work. This was the first …

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Configure an HP OpenFlow Switch for Floodlight

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This is a revised tutorial to configure an HP OpenFlow switch for Floodlight or any other OpenFlow controller. HP revised its firmware a few months back which is great. HP has been supporting OpenFlow on its switches with generally available code longer then any other networking vendor. Other vendors with GA OpenFlow firmware are Brocade and Pica8. Maturity of OpenFlow …

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Open vSwitch on VirtualBox

Open Vswitch Lab

Here is a quick tutorial for installing Open vSwitch on VirtualBox. VirtualBox is an open source virtualization project from Oracle. It is supported on Windows, Mac, BSD and Linux to name a few. It has a nice GUI for VM management out of the box. Open vSwitch is an open source vSwitch from Martin Casado, Ben Pfaff and a whole …

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