Charles Eckel

Principal Engineer

Global Technology Standards

Charles is a recognized champion of open source, standards, and interoperability. As a member of Cisco's Global Technology Standards team, Charles is responsible for identifying and guiding open source efforts related to key standards initiatives. In MEF, Charles co-chairs the Digital Services Committee, home of network service standards for SD-WAN and SASE. Charles is also active in IETF, where he started and runs the IETF Hackathons, advancing the pace and relevance of networking standards by combining the speed and collaborative spirit of open source communities with the rigor and precision of standards organizations. Charles is also an active member in a number of open source projects in the Linux Foundation and elsewhere. He is a frequent speaker at open source conferences and manager of the Software Defined Networking devroom at FOSDEM. His current focus areas include application networking, network automation, and the intersection of networking and security, particularly where there is a need for new standards and closely associated open source projects.


March 18, 2021


Software Defined Networking at FOSDEM 2021

4 min read

Check out the FOSDEM Software Define Networking (SDN) devroom. You'll find a great lineup of talks by excellent speakers on topics like Kubernetes, VPP, XDP, eBPF, and Wireguard.

September 10, 2020


IETF 108 Hackathon Goes Online!

7 min read

Check out some of the outstanding presentations from the IETF 108 Online Hackathon.

March 9, 2020


Finding Code for Network Automation Is Easier Than Ever

4 min read

Use the search capabilities and filters in Code Exchange to find code that matches your needs. Now over 600 repos!

December 17, 2019


IPWAVE – Standardization through IETF Hackathon Project

3 min read

IPWAVE working group in the IETF Internet area is working on standardized IPv6-based vehicular networking.

December 9, 2019


IETF Hackathon 106 – Five Years of Running Code

6 min read

Cisco DevNet supports the IETF community as it produces standards that make the internet faster, more secure, and able to meet the demands of ever-increasing uses and users.

August 15, 2019


How Many Words is Running Code Worth?

4 min read

The IETF Hackathon promotes running code to accelerate the creation of new network protocols that improve the functionality, manageability, and security of the internet.

April 30, 2019


Third Time is a Charm at IETF Hackathon in Prague

4 min read

IETF veterans work side by side with newcomers, especially developers interested in networking, security, and other IETF technologies.

January 11, 2019


Using Tetration for Application Security and Policy Enforcement

5 min read

Protecting assets within the enterprise requires the network manager to adopt automated methods of implementing policy on endpoints.

December 17, 2018


IETF 103 Hackathon in Bangkok Jumpstarts Innovation

5 min read

Just when you thought it could not get any better, the IETF Hackathon reached new heights, not just in number of participants or projects, but in meaningful contributions to the...

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