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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Burning Man - Scaling for an Extreme Temporary Network
Meeting: NANOG62
Date / Time: 2014-10-06 11:30am - 12:00pm
This item is webcast
Room: Constellation Ballroom
Presenters: Speakers:

Matt Peterson, Cumulus Networks

Matt Peterson works within the office of the CTO at Cumulus Networks. At Cumulus, he built the initial customer experience team, and is responsible for technical evangelism and customer product direction. Matt has held enable access on 2 to 5 digit ASN organizations - as well as co-founding the first non-profit IX within San Francisco, known as SFMIX. His work has been presented at numerous industry events, including APRICOT, BSDcon, Defcon, & CCC Camp. At NANOG62, Matt will be presenting on an extreme temporary network deployment for the annual Burning Man festival.
Abstract: Automation, orchestration, and promise theory have been crucial tools to enable the cloud computing revolution. Users now expect a dynamic interface to provision
infrastructure in a consistent fashion. But why has networking continued to be a maintenance silo? NETCONF, YANG, and others (NANOG 28, 49, 60) were supposed to fix this - but adoption has remained niche. This talk will provide a tale of real-world infrastructure automation.

This is the story of building the temporary event IP network for Burning Man. While the 70,000 participant rural desert gathering is well known, much of the behind-the-scenes mastery is not. Mr. Peterson re-united with the all-volunteer “Playa Tech” team in the mid 2000s, bringing a fresh perspective towards operations and procedures. This tight knit group spawns veteran emacs RFC authors to first year dehydrated hipsters.

Today the network uses extensive automation to manage all routers, switches, wireless radios, along with support systems - such as: DNS, latency monitoring, host availability, trending graphs, etc. Matt will share the journey that the team has taken over the past several years, implementing configuration management and defining best practices. Now that several FOSS tools exist in the space, now is the time for organizations of all sizes to consider a serious strategy around network automation (re-dubbed as NetDevOps more recently).
Files: pdfBurning Man - Scaling for an Extreme Temporary Network(PDF)
youtubeBurning Man - Scaling for an Extreme Temporary Network
Sponsors: None.

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