Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and REANNZ recognised the growing national interest in Openflow and worked together to provide an opportunity to gain practical hands on Openflow experience in the form of a Bootcamp.
The Openflow Bootcamp was the direct result of an earlier Openflow Workshop where attendees indicated they wanted to participate in a “doing” exercise. Twenty seven people attended VUW on the 7 May and twenty three got their hands dirty, one of the workshop attendees even came over from Australia.
What they did
Josh Bailey of Google led the day and provided an overview of Openflow before taking attendees to the computer lab. The attendees worked in small groups to do everything from configure switches from scratch, to compile, install, troubleshoot and run RouteFlow, to configure Quagga from woe to go. The groups were able to make five openflow controlled switches (one Pronto and four HPs) come up in a full mesh. The first person to successfully bring up a RouteFlow controlled switch was VUW’s Mark Davies.
REANNZ’s Sam Russell gave a talk on pyswitch and explained in great detail the problems with the example code (broken for more than 2 switches by default, etc) and how he fixed it. His talk was at the end of the day and it was very clear the audience were very familiar with the topic and followed Sam’s explanation easily.
Thank you very much to HP for providing the switches (which basically worked with RouteFlow out of the box) and to VUW’s Radek and Mark for setting up the lab. Finally, thank you to those who attended on the day and made the bootcamp such a success. There is now even more interest in Openflow here in NZ………