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Friday, August 22 • 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Tux On Top: Open Source at the Top of the Rack - John W. Linville, Red Hat

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Enterprise packet switching hardware has continued to be a hold-out against open source in the data center. The reasons for this include many of the same, tired, old arguments used in earlier fights around open source. But, at least part of the issue has been that such devices have traditionally included an under-powered CPU complex where modern Linux was just not practical anyway.

For a variety of reasons, designs are appearing that couple modern packet switching hardware with CPUs comparable to those used in contemporary server machines. Couple that with efforts like the Open Compute Networking Project, and the possibilities for open source networking infrastructure in the datacenter starts to look like a real possibility.

How would such a box look? What would we do with it? What should we do to get it? These are the questions this talk intends to address.

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John W. Linville

Kernel Engineer, Red Hat
As the former Linux kernel maintainer for wireless LANs, John presided over the transition of that subsystem from "constant heartache" to "mostly just works" status. More recently, John's technical pursuits have included SDN and NFV topics. Employed at Red Hat for over a decade, John... Read More →

Friday August 22, 2014 2:45pm - 3:35pm CDT
Sheraton Ballroom II

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