Out of the Box Network Developer Newsletter February 2018

This has been a busy month for the Out of the Box Network Developer group. The first meet-up of the year was held in Santa Clara and was well-attended. Planning for the upcoming DPDK Summit and Hands-on Lab in Bangalore is well underway, and we have a full calendar of topics and events for 2018, including mobile edge computing (MEC), Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), machine learning, autonomous driving, visual cloud, security, and more. If you have ideas or topics you can present, please let us know. We are always looking for fresh content. Join your local Out of the Box Meet-Up group to stay up-to-date on upcoming events. If you are not at a location where we hold a meet up, you can join our Santa Clara meet-ups, which we are now streaming.

Out of the Box Network Developers

Santa Clara

The first meet up of 2018 was a success. The afternoon started with a hands-on lab on the Open Containers Initiative*, where developers learned about new container technologies that use lightweight virtual machines for containerized workloads. The second lab focused on the new features in the latest release of DPDK. The labs were well-attended, and most attendees stayed for the evening meet-up. The evening’s agenda featured a panel discussion on the business side of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Our guest panelists included Lakshmi Sharma (Google), Robert Starmer (Kumulus Networks), and Sanjit Dang (Intel), who gave their thoughts on the role of open source in the world of SDN and NFV and how the use case driving the move to the world of 5G is accelerating this transformation. After the panel discussion, we heard from Shivaram Mysore, Intel Software Innovator, on Service Fractal, a product that is cutting the network tax for organizations. Jeff Tantsura also shared his new project ideas in MEC. Both received valuable feedback from the panelists and the audience.

Come to the February 21 meet-up to learn how the Intel® Network Edge Virtualization SDK (Intel® NEV SDK)—the first kit of its kind—provides an NFV platform targeted for MEC applications and services. MEC is an industry initiative focused on opening up the radio access interface for services and applications in the radio access network. This location in the network edge offers an environment with low latency, high bandwidth, and direct access to radio information such as subscriber location. Due to the proximity of the mobile-edge server, responsiveness to applications and services is increased, improving the quality of experience. There will be hands-on tutorials and demo by speakers from Wind River, VMware, and TCS, and representatives from Intel will be on-hand to share their experience and knowledge. Please join us for all or part of the day. We’ll be celebrating our second birthday so there will be cake! RSVP on the meet-up page today! If you also register on the Eventbrite page, you'll be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire*!

The meet-ups in Santa Clara have a different format this year. There will be two hands-on labs in the afternoon followed by an evening meet-up. Come for the whole day or just for the parts that interest you.


We’re working on a meet-up in London with the OpenDaylight*/SDN group in April. We’re still in the planning stage, but you can stay up-to-date by checking the Out of the Box Network Developer London Meet Up page.


DPDK Summit (March 9, 2018)

The first DPDK Summit of 2018 will take place in the Leela Palace hotel in Bangalore on Friday, March 9. This event will cover the latest developments on the DPDK framework and their application to a variety of industry segments, including telecom, cloud, enterprise, and security. The event enables the DPDK open source community to share information on DPDK usage and implementation, to hear from DPDK developers, contributors, and users, and to build the DPDK community. Registration for the event and call for proposals are now open. Please submit proposals for presentations on any DPDK-related topics by Monday, February 5.

DPDK Hands-On Lab (March 10, 2018)

Note: You must apply to attend this lab.

In this hands-on lab you will learn what is new with DPDK, how it is used in other projects such as fd.io, kata containers, and MEC. You will get to log on to servers with the latest Intel® Xeon® processors and follow along as instructors give step-by-step instructions. These labs are designed to give you a head start in the latest technology in virtualized packet processing.

Attendance is by application only. We will review your application and notify you if it is approved. Your spot at the DPDK Lab is not confirmed until you receive an email from Intel indicating acceptance of your application. Click here to apply.

For more details on this lab and updates to the agenda as well as other local events related to DPDK and SDN/NFV, please join the Bangalore Meet Up Group.

Open Source Networking Days (OSN Days) are coming to India!

Attendees will hear from a roster of expert speakers on the state of the industry, the projects that make up the open networking stack and their use cases, the business opportunities enabled by network transformation, and how to get involved. This is a great chance to meet face-to-face and collaborate with the open networking community in India. There is no cost to attend.

See the OSN Days website for more information and to register. There are specific pages for each location with logistical and programming information. Local site hosts are organizing these events with support from sponsors and the Linux* Foundation networking projects. Please direct any questions to osndays@linuxfoundation.org.

New on Intel® Developer Zone

Introduction to the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Eventdev Library - Learn how to partition the workload for your packet processing application using the DPDK Event Device Library (eventdev). This article provides a technology overview, describes API components, and shows you how to use the eventdev sample app and get statistics. By Harry Van Haaren.

Use Intel® QuickAssist Technology Efficiently with NUMA Awareness - Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) delivers high-performance encryption and compression. Learn how to configure your Intel QAT driver to take advantage of your system’s NUMA topology. By James Chamings.

An Interactive Demo of the Next Generation Infrastructure Core Reference Implementation - Use Docker* containers to configure the Next Generation Infrastructure Core (NGIC) EPC reference implementation from OpenCORD.org. Launch sample traffic and view packet flow using this interactive demo.

Network Developer Webinar Series

A new webinar series for network developers is coming in February. In the first webinar of the series, listeners will hear about Building efficient 5G NR base stations with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, presented by Daniel Towner, System Architect for Wireless Access, Intel Corporation, on Wednesday, February 28, 4.00PM GMT (8.00AM PST).

In this webinar, Daniel will give an overview of the new capabilities of the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 instruction set and explain why they are so beneficial to supporting 5G efficiently. The new instructions mean that software algorithms can become more efficient, thereby enabling even more effective use of the improvements in computing performance and leading to very high performance on 5G NR software implementations. Click here to register for this webinar.

If you're not already a member of the Out of the Box Network Developer meet-up group, please join us now to stay up-to-date on the latest networking technologies.

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