Open Networking: Linux on a Switch?

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As a big box networking engineer, working with linux networking always seemed scattered and difficult. Networking gear was specialized hardware, and logic dictated that these devices required specialized software and people to operate them. As devices become more specialized they also become more expensive. To the point of unreasonably expensive. Linux enabled server commoditization long ago, would you believe that linux is enabling networking commoditization now? Yes, you can run linux on a switch!

This session will take us through a journey of networking and linux history to show how we got here while explaining the key components necessary to enable hardware assisted linux switching and routing.