mnNOG3: Software Defined Networking (SDN) Workshop

11:00 - 25 October 2021
18:30 - 28 October 2021
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  • The emergence of SDN is having a disruptive influence on the world of data networking and is leading to a fundamental re-think of how networks are architected.
  • This workshop will provide an understanding of the key technology elements of SDN via a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.

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Target audience

Anyone currently operating an IP and/or MPLS network who is interesting in understanding the impact of SDN with a view to implementing elements of it in the near future.


  • This workshop is not an introduction.
  • It is assumed that the workshop participants have working knowledge of IP routing, MPLS protocols and traffic-engineering, along with know how to use a router command line interface.
  • The lab exercises use IOS-XR (XRv) CLI and Ubuntu VMs

    We recommend the following Academy courses be completed before the start of the tutorial:

    Course outline

    • History
    • Motivation for control and data plane separation
    • Architectural frameworks
    • OpenFlow
    • Topology discovery and management
    • Segment routing
    • OpenDayLight

    Other requirements

    • Participants are advised to bring their own laptop computers with high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11a/g/n/ac) and administrative access to system. It is also recommended that laptops have Intel i5 or i7 processor, >=8GB of RAM and 30GB of free hard disk space.
    • Software: SSH Client, Telnet Client, VirtualBox/VMware
    • Confirm Secure SHell (SSH) is allowed from the office or home network to access the lab infrastructure? Test ssh connectivity, try to connect to  For example from the CLI type: ssh