DEMONS IPFIX Interoperability Event

The FP7 DEMONS project is organizing an IPFIX Interoperability Event, in cooperation with CESNET. All developers and vendors of IPFIX implementations are invited to attend.


Three years have passed since the publication of the RFCs defining the core IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) protocol. In this time, adoption and implementation of the protocol has been increasing.

The interoperability event gives developers and vendors of devices or systems which can export or collect flow data using the IPFIX Protocol a chance to test their devices against those of other developers and vendors. The interoperability testing will focus on features in the core protocol as specified in RFC 5101, using the information model in the IANA IPFIX Information Element registry; however, as time allows, participants may test features defined in other IPFIX RFCs as well.

In addition to providing interoperability information that developers and vendors can use to improve their own products, the implementation reports produced from this event will be used to advance the IPFIX Protocol along the IETF Standards Track.

The test protocol is available here.

Where and when?

The event will be held on Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25, 2011, at the offices of CESNET in Prague, Czech Republic. The time and location of the event were chosen to allow convenient participation by attendees of IETF 80, held at the Prague Hilton, March 27 to April 1, 2011.

Testing begins each day at 9am, until the tests for the day have been run or until the facility closes for the evening, whichever comes first. Directions to the CESNET offices are available here.

Any additional testing or implementation determined by the participants to be necessary after the main event will take place Saturday, March 26, at the Prague Hilton, in room Karlin I.


The interoperability event is open to technical participants from any developer or vendor of products which can export or collect flow data using the IPFIX Protocol. Participants are expected to bring any device(s) to test, any host(s) necessary on which to test software systems, and any additional hardware required to connect these devices to 230VAC/50Hz power and copper (RJ-45) Gigabit Ethernet.

To protect developer-proprietary information about the IPFIX implementations to be tested, participation in the event is subject to a nondisclosure agreement. Nondisclosure agreements must be signed and returned to the organizers before taking part in the event. Nondisclosure agreements from all participants may be made available to any other participant on request.

Currently confirmed participants include:

  • (Italy)
  • Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  • CESNET (Czech Republic)
  • Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia)
  • CERT Network Situational Awareness Group (United States)
  • Invea-Tech (Czech Republic)
  • ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


Participants should contact the organizer, Brian Trammell, by email to register, to help us in planning. However, participants will only be registered for the event when we have received a signed nondisclosure agreement. Scanned PDFs can be sent via email, though signed original NDAs should be brought to the event.

Registration emails should indicate:

  • whether the participant will bring an exporter, collector, or both
  • the transport protocols supported by the participant’s implementation (SCTP, TCP, UDP)
  • link(s) to any public documentation available detailing the template(s) natively supported by the implementation
  • the name(s) of the people attending

The names of participating organizations will be made publicly available on this page unless specifically requested. Participation is free of charge.

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