Faucet Foundation

A society providing governance and curation of the Faucet SDN controller project


Mission statement:

Research, develop and evaluate an open source, production quality SDN controller platform (Faucet and related components/applications), that benefits the networking community by providing open source programmatic control of software and hardware based networks.

Host the infrastructure for a Faucet community, establishing a neutral home for community assets, infrastructure, meetings, events and collaborative discussions.

Technical objectives:

Curate the Faucet platform as a production quality reference implementation of an SDN system including unit and integration tests for hardware and software, that enables innovative solutions in open source networking including traffic engineering and policy based forwarding, provisioning, service chaining, workflow automation, capacity management, security/incident response.

The Board

The Faucet Foundation board has representatives from contributing organisations:

Angela Nash Co-chair

Angela is the Chief Operating Officer at the Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand (REANNZ). She has over 20 years IT related experience spanning from hands-on technical roles (analyst/programmer, technical operations, etc) through to executive level leadership roles. Angela has worked across a wide range of sectors and technologies, including Spark (then Telecom), Datacom, and IBM.

Richard Nelson Co-chair

Richard is Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato and a member of the WAND network research group. His research interests are network measurement and SDN and he works closely with the industry, including consulting research and involvement with NZ Network Operators Group. Previously he worked at Monash University and in industry in New Zealand and the UK. His PhD is from the University of Canterbury.

Ian Welch Secretary

Ian Welch is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington. He co-leads a group of staff and students working on the application of SDN for within enterprises. He has worked for a range of companies from professional services to NGOs. He received his Ph.D and Masters degrees from the University of Newcastle upon Type and a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University.

Stephen Stuart

Stephen is a Distinguished Engineer at Google where he looks after AS15169 and others. Responsible for moving network technology in the right direction for where we want to be in the 3-10 year timeframe. He focuses on solving hard problems with innovative and creative solutions. Specialties include: putting things together in ways that the manufacturers did not necessarily intend, reliable systems built out of less-than-reliable parts.

Marc Bruyere

Marc Bruyere started his career in 1996 working for Club-Internet.fr, and has worked for Cisco, Vivendi Universal, Credit Suisse First Boston, Airbus/Dimension Data, Force10 Networks, and Dell. He is CCIE Emeritus #16656. He received is Ph.D degree from the LAAS CNRS, his thesis is about Open Source OpenFlow SDN for IXPs. He designed and deployed the first European OpenFlow IXP fabric for the TouIX. Now he is a PostDoc at the University of Tokyo.

Inder Monga

Inder is the Executive Director of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Division Director for Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He was chair of ONF's Research Associates. Inder’s research interests include network virtualization, software-defined networking, grid/cloud computing and sensor networking, and he holds 17 granted patents. His work experience in the private sector has included network engineering for Wellfleet Communications and Canadian telecom company Nortel, where he focused on application and network convergence.

Simeon Miteff Treasurer

Simeon is the Network Operations Manager for LBLNet at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Simeon has worked in technical network design and deployment at a variety of research and education networks, primarily in South Africa.


We are now accepting both Individual and Corporate applications to join the Faucet Foundation.

To apply to join please fill out our membership form pdf docx and send the completed form to membership@faucet.org.nz.


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