Today, we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of FRR: The Free Range Routing project, a project we at Cumulus Networks set out to collaborate on with innovators in the industry to help shape the future of web-scale networking. With FRRouting (FRR), the community has built on the foundations of Quagga and taken huge steps forward to build the most full-featured, high-performance open routing stack available — making engineers’ lives significantly easier in the process. Now, FRR is the easiest and quickest way for the community to contribute to the future of routing.

To honor its success and growth, we’d like to highlight a few key moments in time since the project began…

Increased adoption and contribution

As we set out to expand the technology, we knew we needed a team of industry leaders. Companies like 6WIND, Architecture Technology Corporation, LabN Consulting, NetDEF (OpenSourceRouting) and Orange were some of the first to collaborate with us at Cumulus Networks on the project’s mission.

At Cumulus, we knew that FRR was going to be a game-changer for our own customers, so we too adopted FRR on Cumulus Linux. Now, all 1,000+ of our customers are benefiting from a more flexible infrastructure.

Over the past 12 months, the FRR project has seen an increased number of adopters. DANOS, just announced today, incorporates FRR as its routing stack. OpenSwitch, an open source, Linux-based network operating system (NOS) for disaggregated switches, is another adopter. 6WIND is another example of a company that has both adopted and contributed to FRR.

Other companies include PfSense and Volta, though many more large-scale service providers and network operating systems are looking into how FRR can benefit their networks.

On the contributions side, we’re also thrilled to share that interest from the community at large has resulted in the following:

  • The project has received 3413 commits from 68 authors.
  • The contributions span 42 different organizations.
  • The past two releases alone have seen 25+ separate features.

We only expect these numbers to grow and for the project to continue gaining this same level of exciting traction in 2018.

Enhanced features

New features have also been added that have significantly advanced the routing protocol. Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) is the most significant feature added, accelerating the adoption of FRR and allowing for the mobility of VMs. This feature simplifies the operation of a highly scalable VXLAN network, negating the need for a vendor-specific, dedicated controller.

The feature requests and the roadmap can be tracked in the project’s wiki. We can note, for instance, that FlowSpec will be soon available in order to help mitigate the rise of DDoS attacks.

What’s ahead

In addition to introducing exciting new companies into the FRR project community, we’re looking forward to what the future holds as more and more companies join the mission.

Collaboration is key, and AT&T’s announcement of DANOS today, a project to enable community collaboration across network hardware, forwarding and operating system layers, is evidence of the importance of working together to accelerate innovation. FRR and DANOS are complementary, and we’re looking forward to working with the industry to help drive innovation across the network stack.

As a proud member of the FRR community, we’d like to thank everyone for joining the movement and for contributing to the important cause of shaping the future of the networking community. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next year brings!

Want to learn more about FRR? Check out this educational page.