Date: Sep 2, 2016 Data compiled by: Daniel-Constantin Mierla
SIP Express Router (aka SER) is the initial name of the project that emerged into Kamailio starting with 2008. It is a high-performance, configurable, free Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server licensed under the open-source GNU license, offering a large set of features. Started in 2001, before the publishing of RFC3261 (SIP v2.0) in summer of 2002, Kamailio-SER pioneered the development of many SIP extensions and pushed further the real-time communications over IP.
Initial project web site was:
Used over the time:
Now the web site is:
It is the oldest and most robust open source SIP server, routing billions of VoIP minutes every month world wide, being used from Telcos and Carriers to ITSP and SOHO environments. If you haven't heard of it so far, it is very likely because your VoIP provider routes the calls fast and reliable with SER-based SIP servers, so you don't need to build your own system.
First source code commit of SER-Kamailio was done 15 years ago: Sep 3, 2001. According to GIT log, first three commits were:
git log --pretty=format:"%h%x09%an%x09%ad%x09%s" --reverse | head -3 512dcd9 Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul Mon Sep 3 21:27:11 2001 +0000 Initial revision 888ca09 Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul Tue Sep 4 01:41:39 2001 +0000 parser seems to work e60a972 Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul Tue Sep 4 20:55:41 2001 +0000 First working release
That is 5479 days of continuous development, with hundreds of contributors, estimated cost of development: over 18 000 000 USD (averaged 70000USD/year/developer and 261 person-years).