Software Defined Networking with OpenDaylight

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official The Linux Foundation Curriculum
Code LFS465

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This two day course is a condensed and intensive version of our soon to be offered full four-day class.

SDN (Software Defined Networking) abstracts networking infrastructure away from the actual physical equipment. This allows network system administrators to maintain the networking environment across mulitple vendors and hardware, and operating systems and versions. This course is designed to provide Developers and advanced Network Engineers exposure to modeling in Open Source Software Defined Networking (SDN). We first discuss the context of SDN components then progress to show the code created through modeling in OpenDaylight. This course concludes by writing an application from scratch.

OpenDaylight is an open networking platform that enables SDN and constructs a solid foundation for NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) for all network sizes.

Software Defined Networking with OpenDaylight discusses:

  • SDN
  • OpenDaylight
  • Tools such as mininet and wireshark
  • Applications using OpenDaylight APIs


After completing the course, students will:

  • Have a solid understanding of SDN and the protocols, tools and methods used.
  • Understand the openDayLight SDN controller with its APIs and how it fits into SDN.
  • Write applications on-top of the OpenDaylight APIs.
  • Gained understanding of the tools to simulate and debug network topologies.


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Introduction (8 topics)

  • Objectives and Goals
  • Audience
  • The Linux Foundation
  • Linux Foundation Training Offerings
  • Linux Distributions
  • Course Procedures
  • Course Registration
  • Labs

Software Defined Networking (6 topics)

  • Linux Networking and SDN
  • Networking Primer
  • Data and Control Plane in SDN
  • Networking components in SDN
  • Networking components in SDN
  • Labs

Open vSwitch (5 topics)

  • Introduction
  • Open vSwitch components
  • Open vSwitch installation
  • Using Open vSwitch
  • Labs

Simulation and Observation (7 topics)

  • Objectives
  • Mininet
  • Mininet Command Line
  • Mininet Python API
  • Installation and Set Up of Mininet
  • Wireshark
  • Installation and Set Up of Wireshark

SDN – History and Evolution (4 topics)

  • Early Networking
  • Datacenters and Network Operation
  • Evolution of Network Programmability
  • Labs

Network Programmability (5 topics)

  • SNMP
  • YANG
  • Labs

OpenFlow (3 topics)

  • Introduction
  • OpenFlow Basics and Versions
  • OpenFlow Protocol

Network Virtualization and Multi-tenancy (4 topics)

  • Virtualization in the Datacenter and in the Network
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • OF-Config
  • Labs

Introduction to OpenDaylight (4 topics)

  • The OpenDaylight Project
  • Components of OpenDaylight
  • Project resources
  • labs

YANG (6 topics)

  • YANG
  • yangtools
  • YANG to Java mapping
  • YANG in OpenDaylight
  • Labs

Apache Karaf – the OSGi container (6 topics)

  • OSGi
  • Apache Karaf Project
  • OpenDaylight and Karaf
  • Using Karaf
  • Karaf settings for OpenDaylight
  • Labs

OpenDaylight Controller and MD-SAL (8 topics)

  • How the controller evolved
  • MD-SAL
  • Brokers and RPC-Calls
  • The Datastore
  • Clustering MD-SAL
  • Plugin Development Workflow
  • Development environment setup
  • Labs

Eclipse Setup and Importing OpenDaylight (2 topics)

  • Eclipse
  • Labs

Observing and Logging OpenDaylight (4 topics)

  • Observing
  • Logging
  • Debugging
  • Labs

Writing an Application using OpenDaylight (1 topic)

  • Labs


This course is designed to provide Developers and advanced Network Engineers exposure to modeling in Open Source Software Defined Networking (SDN). Students should have a good grasp of typical scalability and system administration issues frequently encountered in enterprise environments. They should also be well­ versed in Linux command line usage, shell scripting and text file editing.

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