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Tech Talk by Ben Pfaff: Open vSwitch - Past, Present & Future

In this talk we have the honor of hosting one of the original three engineers who wrote the first version of Open vSwitch. Ben Pfaff will be giving Tech Talk on Open vSwitch - it's past, present and future. Through this Tech Talk he will enlighten us about following:

1. OVS history

2. Present state of OVS: features, architecture

3. Some of the use cases where OVS is being used in the production environments

4. OVS future direction

About Ben Pfaff

Ben joined Nicira as one of its first employees in 2007 after finishing his PhD at Stanford. Since then he has been working on what became OpenFlow and Open vSwitch. He also made some early contributions to the NOX controller. He has been involved with free software since about 1996, when he started work on GNU PSPP and joined the Debian project.


Time: 6:00 PM Pizza & Networking

Guest Speaker Presentation: 6:30 PM

Q&A: 7:30 PM

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  • Robert K.

    A video of Ben's presentation is now available on the NVIRTERS YouTube channel -

    Many thanks again to Ben for a great presentation on OVS!

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Vikram D.

    Ben has posted slides and source code for demo at

    They are at bottom of the page under the section Presentations.

    Thanks to Ben for great talk.

    Also thanks to volunteers who helped us in organizing the event.

    March 22, 2013

  • Robert K.

    Here's the link to Ben's slides:

    I would like to thank Ben for a great presentation and demonstration!

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Carl M.

    Very enlightening talk! Didn't catch what I believe was a link to the slides on the small whiteboard. Can someone post?

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Anantha R.

    Sorry about the late notice, something came up last minute (didn't really wish for that!!) hence cannot make it.

    March 20, 2013

  • Sanjay S.

    Had to travel out of SF, thus cannot make it. I am seeking positions as Software Devl/Arch/Mgr, pls refer me where u can

    March 20, 2013

  • Saurabh

    We would like to thank Lightspeed Venture Partners ( for sponsoring tonight's events.

    3 · March 20, 2013

  • Vikram D.

    We will be meeting in Large Event Room in Hacker Dojo's New Location: 599 Fairchild Dr, Mountain View, 94043

    Parking instructions: Hacker Dojo has limited parking available. If you are coming from the city or San Jose area, you can park at a light rail station and take the VTA to the Dojo; Dojo is only a 5 minute walk from the VTA station. Additionally, one can park along the streets around Fairchild Dr if the Dojo parking lot is full.

    March 19, 2013

  • Vikram D.

    Folks, we have a long wait list for this event, if you think you cannot make to the event, please be considerate and update your RSVP.

    March 19, 2013

  • Tarik

    Would be nice to listen him.

    March 19, 2013

  • Saurabh

    Hi Folks, We are looking for volunteers to help us with organizing the event next Wed. Please drop me a note and let me know if you will be able to come a little early (5:00pm) on the day of the event. Thanks!!

    March 14, 2013

    • Doug F.

      I can be there by 5:30 to help setup.

      March 15, 2013

    • Darwin Z.

      Hi, I would be there at 5:00pm

      March 19, 2013

  • Abhijeet P.

    Unfortunately will have to drop out this time.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    I have to travel for business and will not be able to attend.

    March 17, 2013

  • Bao N.

    great talk! looking forwarding to joining!

    March 17, 2013

  • Prakash

    Will like to hear from Ben with EMC's recent push to VMWare for revenue growth where does Nicira's OVS future fit into the revenue equation and is it still committed to Openstack quantum?

    March 15, 2013

  • Michael P

    Hoping to attend with Annette Clewett also from JPMorgan Chase

    February 19, 2013

  • Abhishek C.

    Too bad I am not in the bay area

    February 8, 2013

  • Prakash

    Good time to review OVS as its now part of Linux 3.3...refer

    February 7, 2013

  • Tejas B.

    This group has been delivering excellent tech talks, seminars and workshop and is becoming a powerhouse of knowledge in the sdn & virtualization space!

    2 · February 7, 2013

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