Monday, the show kicks off with the first OPNFV Mini-Summit in Europe. Formed a year ago, the OPNFV is a Linux Foundation project for an open source, carrier-grade network functions virtualization (NFV) reference implementation. The group completed its first code release, Arno, in June and is working toward releasing Brahmaputra early next year. The mini-summit is open to all conference delegates.
Speakers will discuss “the evolution of OPNFV, what’s happening at the project level as we work towards the Brahmaputra release, highlight current issues and challenges, and discuss ways to get involved with the project,” says OPNFV Director Heather Kirksey.
The mini-summit will also include information on OPNFV’s federated test lab infrastructure, a session from European service provider Orange, and a panel discussion around upstream collaboration, according to Kirksey.
Also on Monday, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), which co-hosts the event with Layer123, hosts its Euro Summit Workshop starting at 9:00 a.m. CET with a keynote by ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt. The ONF will also provide a member update Monday evening, which will include a portfolio review.
“Our efforts [at the workshop] will be focused on demonstrating how open SDN is being realized and providing network operators with the insights and options they need to make the transition,” says Pitt. “Next year is going to be a big year for the open SDN ecosystem of both operators and suppliers. We’re excited to be helping set the stage for what’s to come.”
Also of note is Thursday’s Transport SDN Deployment Toolbox track, which includes panelists from the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) that will review the findings of the OIF Global Transport SDN Prototype Demo. OIF members will also talk about the various components in the transport toolbox, including the reference architecture, framework, APIs, and service definitions.
On Friday, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) will provide details on its Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) project, which was introduced earlier this year. LSO was designed to enable the rapid deployment of new services at lower costs, particularly across multiple-operator networks.
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