CTO, Co-Founder, Covalent
July 19th, 2018 | 20 mins 56 secs
berkeley packet filter, bpf, cilium, cilium project, covalent, kubernetes, lawrence berkeley labs, linux, network packets, networking, policy, sco
The Berkeley Packet Filter is ancient history. It was created in 1992 at Lawrence Berkeley Labs as a way better filter and sort network packets. In the early 2000's it was at the heart of the long running SCO versus Linux lawsuit. Today, it's just another raw interface included with Linux. Recently, however, BPF has become a bit of an interesting topic, as it's become a popular replacement for IPTables.
Thomas Graf, CTO and co-founder at Covalent. is also the leader of the Cilium Project. Cilium offers API-aware networking and security for Kubernetes users based on BPF. Graf said that the power of BPF can be tough to utilize in Kubernetes, and so the Cilium Project is aimed at making that easier.