• Industry’s Premier Open Networking & Edge Conference Features Keynote Speakers from AT&T, CNCF, Deutsche Telekom AG, Edgeworx, Equinix, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, IBM, Rakuten Mobile and more 
  • The full conference schedule will be announced on March 5th featuring business, technical and architectural sessions

 

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2020The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, along with co-hosts LF Networking, the umbrella organization fostering collaboration and innovation across the entire open networking stack, and LF Edge, the umbrella organization building an open source framework for the edge, today announced initial keynote speakers for Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES) North America 2020. The event takes place April 20-21 in Los Angeles, California. 

Open Networking & Edge Summit (formerly Open Networking Summit) is the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud and  IoT. The event enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing with a deep focus on technical, architectural and business discussions in the areas of Open Networking & AI/ML-enabled use cases for 5G, IoT, Edge and Enterprise deployment, as well as targeted discussions on Edge/IoT frameworks and blueprints across Manufacturing, Retail, Oil and Gas, Transportation and Telco Edge cloud, among other key areas.

Keynote speakers this year include:

  • Andre Fuetsch, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Dan Kohn, Executive Director, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Alex Choi, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Farah Papaioannou, Co-Founder and President, Edgeworx, Inc.
  • Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture & Technology, Ericsson
  • Justin Dustzadeh, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix
  • Aparna Sinha, Director of Product Management, Google Cloud
  • Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer, ICT Infrastructure Open Source GM, Huawei
  • Marisa S. Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, IBM
  • Ashiq Khan, Head of Cloud and NFV, Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
  • Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, The Linux Foundation
  • Heather Kirksey, Vice President, Community and Ecosystem Development, The Linux Foundation

Additional keynote speakers, as well as the full schedule of sessions, will be announced the first week of March.

Conference Registration is $950 through March 10, 2020 with additional registration options available including $300 Hall Passes, $600 Academic Passes, and $500 Student Passes.  Non-profit and group discounts are available as well; details are available on the event registration page. Members of The Linux Foundation and Linux Foundation Projects (including LFN and LF Edge) receive a 20 percent discount on all registration fees; contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted; for information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Open Networking and Edge Summit North America 2020 is made possible thanks to Platinum Sponsors Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Ericsson, and Huawei, Gold Sponsor IBM, and Silver Sponsor Red Hat. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.  

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Jill Lovato at jlovato@linuxfoundation.org.

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  • LFN’s ONAP, OPNFV, ODL, and FD.io projects further automated 5G deployments with code releases in 1H as well as  hybrid support for VNF/CNF/NFVI compliance 
  • A10 Networks, AMD, Codilime, Mirantis, Robin.io, Solutions by STC, ULAK, University of California San Diego, University of Surrey, and Xilinx join more than 100 other  leading organizations to collaborate, create, test and deploy open source networking software 
  • Initiatives such as the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP), and Cloud Native Network Functions evolve and expand across adjacent communities and organizations

 

SAN FRANCISCO – February 20, 2020 —  LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the addition of nine new members.The project welcomes new Silver members A10 Networks, AMD, Codilime, Mirantis, Robin.io, Solutions by STC, ULAK, and Xilinx, and Associate members University of California San Diego, and University of Surrey.  

“It’s great to kick off 2020 by welcoming a new swath of global members to the LFN community,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “We’re expanding our member ecosystem in tandem with growth across initiatives that harmonize open source an open standards, enable automated testing and deployment, and further Cloud Native Network Functions as open source becomes more mainstream.”

The newest LFN members will work alongside the 100+ existing member organizations to drive development, testing and implementation of LFN’s networking projects, including FD.io, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OpenSwitch, OPNFV, PNDA, SNAS, and Tungsten Fabric.

LFN begins 2020 by evolving joint collaboration across the industry to enable cloud native network functions (CNFs) to shift workloads into Kubernetes clusters using ONAP to orchestrate a variety of functions and services. Other activity includes harmonization with open standards, via the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT), jointly hosted by the GSMA. The group recently published an  initial common Reference Model and Reference Architecture as well as hosting a joint hackathon with developers across the LFN community. CNTT enhances the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) which combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for NFV stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG). Current efforts include the next iteration of OVP, with more automation integrated via ONAP. 

Join the Community at Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES)

Open Networking & Edge Summit (formerly Open Networking Summit), the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud & IoT, takes place in North America April 20-21 in Los Angeles, Calif and in Europe September 29-30 in Antwerp, Belgium.  ONES enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing. Join the LFN community in Los Angeles and  register by March 10 for Early Bird pricing: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/register/

Member Supporting Quotes:

“The Linux Foundation and its members continue to advance open source initiatives across a range of technologies. As network functions become more virtualized and cloud-native, the work the foundation is doing will help enable these network functions as open source. We are honored to join the Linux Foundation to help drive joint initiatives like the end-to-end 5G cloud-native network proof of concept (POC),” said Yasir Liaqatullah, vice president of product management, A10 Networks.  

Bartosz Górski, CodiLime’s Chief Relationship Officer & Board Member is excited about this new opening. “The Linux Foundation, LF Networking and CodiLime have a mutual interest in pursuing the development of open-source networking stack. This has led us to join forces to foster the development of a networking project for the benefit of the entire open-source community. For the last 9 years, CodiLime has gained considerable experience in network engineering providing solutions for industry leaders. Last year we had the opportunity to present our solution based on Tungsten Fabric at the LFN booth at the Open Networking Summit and we got very positive feedback from the community. I believe that 2020 will see even more fruitful collaboration.”

“The LF Networking community is the guiding force of innovation in 5G, Edge, and the next generation of software-defined networking technology,” said Shaun O’Meara, Field CTO at Mirantis. “Mirantis has a history of becoming a significant collaborator in the projects we are part of. As we continue to promote open standards and innovation in our work with Kubernetes, Edge/IoT, and CNFs, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other members to benefit our customers, partners, and the industry at large.”

“Cloud-native networking is a big challenge with many technologies and technology providers, that’s why open standards and working together as a community are key to solving problems that we all face. There are exciting possibilities in this area for speeding industry adoption of open CNFs and vRAN technology for cost-effective and performant 5G rollout and scaling,”  said Mehran Hadipour, vice president, business development, robin.io.

“LF Networking’s community represents a vibrate, collaborative effort to further the networking industry, and its focus on activities such as VNF compliance and validation, interoperability testing, and ecosystem acceleration is industry-leading. We are pleased to become members of LFN, participate in the OVP program, and accelerate areas such as 5G, cloud native networking, and edge/IoT,” said Metin Balcı, PhD, CEO, ULAK.

“Joining the Linux Foundation Networking Consortium reinforces Xilinx’s commitment to sustainable, open-source ecosystems. Software, 5G, telco, data center and multi-access edge computing developers can now easily take advantage of our adaptable platforms. We’re delighted to join the LF Networking consortium to enable software developers to use our leadership technology,” said Dan Mansur, vice president, Wired and Wireless Communication Group, Xilinx.

About the Newest LFN Members:

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) enables service providers, cloud providers and enterprises to ensure their 5G networks and multi-cloud applications are secure. With advanced analytics, machine learning and intelligent automation, business-critical applications are protected, reliable and always available. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, Calif. and serves customers in 117 countries worldwide. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com and @A10Networks.

For 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the data center. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

CodiLime specializes in building, developing and integrating SDN & NFV solutions in a single-multi- or hybrid-cloud environment. It offers a wide range of services related to network engineering, including front-end and back-end development, DevOps, quality assurance and UX/UI services designed specifically for network applications. The company is also a contributor to Tungsten Fabric, an open-source SDN Controller and has done multiple projects of OpenStack and Kubernetes implementation. Thanks to its expertise, the company has won the confidence of such global industry leaders as Juniper Networks, Nutanix, Nvidia, AT&T, Gigaspaces, Stratoscale, Cloudify, Huawei, IBM and Hitachi. Learn more about CodiLime at https://codilime.com/.

Mirantis helps enterprises move to the cloud on their terms, delivering a true cloud experience on any infrastructure, powered by Kubernetes. The company uses a unique as-a-service model empowering developers to build, share and run their applications anywhere – from public to hybrid cloud and to the edge. Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, Citizens Bank, DocuSign, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Splunk, and Volkswagen. Learn more at www.mirantis.com 

Robin.io provides an application automation platform that enables enterprises to deliver complex application pipelines as a service. Built on industry-standard Kubernetes, the Robin platform allows developers and platform engineers to rapidly deploy and easily manage data- and network-centric applications—including big data, NoSQL and 5G—independent of underlying infrastructure resources. The Robin platform is used globally by companies including BNP Paribas, Palo Alto Networks, Rakuten Mobile, SAP, Sabre and USAA. Robin.io is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. More at www.robin.io and Twitter: @robin4K8S.

Solutions by STC is part of Saudi Telecom Company’s ongoing commitment to transform itself into a leading regional ICT player. Solutions is accelerating STC’s enterprise segment growth strategy through providing a wide range of Information and Communications Technology services beyond the traditional Telco offerings of STC. Today, Solutions is the #1 ICT service provider in Saudi Arabia and operates under the umbrella of the Enterprise Business Unit of STC. Solutions provides advanced services and solutions that include IoT/M2M and Digital services, VSAT Services, Cloud Services, Network & Business Continuity Solutions, Data Center Services, Managed Services and ICT Systems Integration; serving STC customers across a wide array of the Saudi market’s vertical segments including the Public Sector, Enterprise, Defense, Utilities, Healthcare, Retail and other private sectors. More about Solutions at https://www.stcs.com.sa/

ULAK provides end to end broadband communications infrastructure for telecom operators with LTE-A Base Stations fully operational in more than 1000 sites; SD-WAN and SD-DC solutions, and concentrates her efforts heavily on 5G technologies, 5GNR, NFV, VNF, MANO, and network virtualization. For more info visit thttps://www.ulakhaberlesme.com.tr/index.php/en/

At the University of California San Diego, we embrace a culture of exploration and experimentation. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to look deeper, challenge expectations and redefine conventional wisdom. As one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth and make our world a better place. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. With a beautiful and vibrant campus, we provide exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire and empower our students for personal and professional success.

Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, hardware programmable SoCs and the ACAP, designed to deliver the most dynamic processor technology in the industry and enable the adaptable, intelligent and connected world of the future. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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  • Akraino R2 delivers new levels of flexibility for scale, efficiency, and high availability while accelerating deployment of edge application
  • Augments edge stacks delivered in R1 including Network Cloud, IoT Edge, Enterprise Edge, and Telecom Edge with new and enhanced tested and validated deployment-ready blueprints

SAN FRANCISCO  January 16, 2020LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced the availability of Akraino Edge Stack Release 2 (“Akraino R2”).  Akraino’s second release furthers the power of intelligent edge with new and enhanced deployable, self-certified blueprints for a diverse set of edge use cases.

Launched in 2018, and now a Stage 3 (or “Impact” stage) project under the LF Edge umbrella, Akraino Edge Stack is creating an open source software stack that supports a high-availability cloud stack optimized for edge computing systems and applications. Designed to improve the state of edge cloud infrastructure for enterprise edge, over-the-top (OTT) edge, and carrier edge networks, it offers users new levels of flexibility to scale edge cloud services quickly, to maximize the applications and functions supported at the edge, and to help ensure the reliability of systems that must be up at all times.

“The Akraino community has grown rapidly in the past year, and now includes contributions from 70 percent of LF Edge Premium member companies and countless other ecosystem partners beginning to deploy the blueprints across the globe,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Automation, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “With R2, strong community collaboration brings even more blueprints to the ecosystem that support current and future technology at the open source edge.”

About Akraino R2
Akraino Release 2 delivers the next iteration of open source edge cloud innovation for new levels of flexibility that scale 5G, industrial IoT, telco, and enterprise edge cloud services quickly, by delivering community-vetted edge cloud blueprints to deploy edge services. The blueprints address interoperability, packaging, and testing under open standards, which reduces users’ overall deployment costs and integration time. 

Akraino R2 includes 6 blueprint families and 14 blueprints, all tested and validated on real hardware labs supported by users and community members. This release enhances the edge stacks delivered in R1 for cross-disciplinary edge use cases as well as new edge stacks to support connected vehicles, AR/VR, NFV, Telco Access, integration with SDN solutions and project promotions to maturity, with rigorous community standards. 

The 14 “ready and proven” blueprints, include both updates to existing R1 blueprints, and the introduction of five new blueprints:

  • Connected Vehicle: This blueprint establishes an open source MEC platform to enable use cases such as accuracy of location, smarter navigation with real-time traffic updates, driver safety improvements, and traffic rule alerts. 
  • IEC type 4: AR/VR-oriented Edge Stack: Focused on focused on AR/ VR applications running on the edge, the blueprint builds the AR/VR infrastructure and introduces  a virtual classroom application, which improves online education experiences for teachers and students through a virtual classroom simulation. 
  • Integrated Cloud Native NFV/Application Stack (ICN): ICN addresses the overall challenges of edge deployments in a single deployment model that enables Edge Providers for Zero Touch Provisioning support in multi-cloud, multi-edge and multi-party orchestration. It integrates Kubernetes and ONAP4K8s for container run times and service orchestration and supports bare metal and virtual deployments. 
  • Network Cloud and Tungsten Fabric: This blueprint implements the Network Cloud with LF Networking’s Tungsten Fabric as an SDN Controller supporting cloud native integration for Kubernetes as well as the Neutron plugin for OpenStack, allowing operators to leverage Tungsten Fabric as a deployment tool and control infrastructure. 
  • SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA): Part of the the Telco Appliance blueprint family, SEBA provides an appliance tuned to support the SDN-enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) platform. The blueprint utilizes a reusable set of modules introduced by the Radio Edge Cloud (REC), introduced in Akraino R1.

More information on Akraino R2, including links to documentation, can be found here. For details on how to get involved with LF Edge and its projects, visit https://www.lfedge.org/

Looking Ahead
The community is already planning R3, which will include more new blueprints such as Edge AI/ML, 5G MEC/Slice, Time Critical Edge, and Micro-MEC and more, as well as enhancements to existing blueprints and tools for automated blueprint validations

Don’t miss the Open Networking and Edge Summit (ONES) North America, April 20-21 in Los Angeles, where Akraino and other LF Edge communities will be onsite to share the latest open source edge developments. 

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Linux Foundation open ecosystem enables low cost, standardized network solutions for campus and remote offices

San Francisco, Calif., Dec 13, 2019 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the launch of DENT, a project to enable the creation of Network OS for Disaggregated Network Switches in campus and remote enterprise locations. Under the Linux Foundation, DENT hopes to unify and grow the community of Silicon Vendors, Original Design Manufacturers (ODM), System Integrators (SI), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and end users to create an ecosystem of contributors around a full-featured network operating system. The initial use case will focus on the retail industry with premier members including Amazon, Cumulus Networks, Delta Electronics Inc, Marvell, Mellanox, Wistron NeWeb (WNC).

Networking solutions today are customized for each market and each use case, whether telecom, cloud or enterprise data center markets. They use proprietary silicon (ASIC) for packet processing and closed operating systems to enable workloads and applications on a network switch. Disaggregation is the new way for Open Networking and has been well accepted in data centers and telecom infrastructures.  However, in enterprise networking– especially with distributed locations– nothing currently exists for Enterprise Edge properties that fall outside the traditional public cloud as they have very specific requirements to take advantage of disaggregation and the networking stack.

Remote campus locations and retail stores require a simple networking OS stack that is low cost and Linux-based. DENT is an Open Source project that will enable the community to build this solution without complicated abstractions. It uses the Linux Kernel, Switchdev and other Linux based projects to allow developers to treat networking ASICs and silicon like any other hardware. It simplifies abstractions, APIs, drivers and overheads that currently exist in these switches and on other open software.

With new technologies like 5G, Edge, IOT, AI, the next generation of remote buildings, retail stores and enterprises will have a lot of innovative workloads and services close to the applications and users. Having a simple disaggregated Linux/SwitchDev-based switch to power the remote offices will enable an ecosystem of apps that simplifies and standardizes integration across the ecosystem.

“The Linux Foundation will establish a neutral home from the start for DENT – vital for community infrastructure, meetings, events and collaborative discussions,” said Arpit Joshipura, GM of Networking at The Linux Foundation. ”Our goal is to create an open source, open participation technical community to benefit the ecosystem of solution providers and users focused on network operating system, control plane and management plane use cases across a variety of industry solutions.”

For more information, please visit www.dent.dev

Additional Quotes

“Delta is excited to participate in DENT and applauds the Linux Foundation for tackling the challenges in enterprise and campus networking,” said Honda Wu, Vice President of solutions and open source at Delta. “We stand ready to support with our deep knowledge and expertise in networking.”

“We are excited to have the Linux Foundation join with us to grow the community and accelerate this open source networking revolution,” said Amit Katz, vice president of Ethernet switches at Mellanox Technologies. “DENT OS is a native Linux Network Operating System which leverages switchdev, a Linux driver for Ethernet switch ASICs that Mellanox pioneered.   Switchdev exposes the unique hardware innovations in the Mellanox Spectrum family of Ethernet Switches.  DENT promotes network disaggregation, which benefits customers by eliminating vendor lock-in and allows hardware vendors to compete on a level playing field, where the very best switch ASICs and systems can win by delivering the highest ROI possible.”

“As a provider of intelligent wireless and wireline solutions, including those for distributed enterprise networking, Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) fully embraces open software architecture,” said Larry Lee, EVP and GM of the Networking BG at WNC. “We are delighted to partner with the Linux Foundation and other industry leaders for this DENT project. WNC will first tackle distributed switching for the initial retail use case. We see great potential for this full-featured networking OS and look forward to working together in this partnership to improve network efficiency and provide conveniences for campuses and other remote distributed networking markets.”

“Open source is in Cumulus’ DNA and we’re excited to be the first software platform to contribute to DENT. We have a deep history with the Linux Foundation, from driving the FRRouting project, the most contributed open source routing project in the world, to our contributions to ONIE, EVPN, among others,” said Partho Mishra, President and Chief Product Officer at Cumulus Networks. “Cumulus is the natural choice to support DENT given our deep roots with networking contributions to the Linux kernel, our latest support for SwitchDev, and our expansive reach in the data center with more than 2,000 customers.  We are looking forward to partnering on the DENT project to extend open source in kernel networking capabilities from the data center to the campus edge.”

“As a leading silicon provider in access networking and a firm believer in customer choice through disaggregated hardware and software, Marvell is excited to bring our technology leadership to Linux Foundation’s DENT project as a founding member,” said Gavin Cato, vice president of product management and marketing at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.  “Marvell’s innovative switch portfolio lays the foundation for the transformation of access networks and the edge into an intelligent future while creating significant total cost of ownership advantages for customers. We are well positioned to be a game changer in retail networking and the smart edge, bringing a holistic approach to the ecosystem.”

 

About The Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

 

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  • Collaborative effort between LF Networking and global networking ecosystem shows open source approach to building cloud native 5G on top of Kubernetes
  • First Proof-of-Concept of live, end-to-end, open source 5G network displayed on keynote stage at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America November 20, 2019 – LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today demonstrated an end-to-end, global, 5G, cloud native network live on-stage at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America. As a thought leader in generating technology from multiple sources based on telecom 5G requirements, LFN’s OPNFV community shepherded the cutting-edge Proof-of-Concept (PoC), which illustrates how to build, connect, and manage a global 5G network – including on-prem, cloud, and edge operations – on open architecture running network services using Kubernetes. 

As global communications providers gear up to deliver high-speed connectivity to support new services and use cases (e.g. autonomous vehicles, smart cities, specialized applications, IoT, AR/VR, and more), the need for low-latency, high-bandwidth, scalable networks is more important than ever. Conventional communications and connectivity hardware will not sustain next-generation mobile technology, so the need for cloud native architectures is essential for delivering the performance, capabilities, and automation that 5G requires. 

The LF Networking community, comprised of major projects such as ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, FD.io,  Tungsten Fabric and more — account for more than 70 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers through participating carriers. It serves as the de facto open source umbrella for helping telcos evolve.  

Cloudifying the Network

It’s no secret that Kubernetes has gained significant traction in the cloud and enterprise software ecosystem, but less widely known is how this momentum is now moving into global telco networks as the next major area of adoption. Benefits of cloud native adoption for telcos include operational consistency, application resilience, simplified and responsive scaling at the microservice level, simplified integration with enterprise-facing cloud native applications, and improved portability between public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. A team made up of volunteers from several project communities, companies, and network operators have taken a cloud native approach to developing an end-to-end 5G network Proof-of-Concept (POC) built on open source infrastructure. 

The POC uses a prototype network to connect a live call over Points-of-Presence (PoPs)  in San Diego, Montreal, Sophia Antipolis, and a hybrid public/private cloud to deliver a fully containerized 5G network live on stage. The demonstration illustrates both how the telecom industry is using cloud native software to build out their next gen networks, and also shows solution providers and developers what’s possible in this exciting new space.

I am incredibly impressed by the collaborative effort to build a 5G network from the ground up in the open source community with a cloud native approach. It’s fully end-to-end, adheres to 5G specifications, and bridges the gap between the telecom industry and cloud native computing,” said Heather Kirksey, vice president, Community and Ecosystem Development, the Linux Foundation. 

Power of Open source

The initiative was born in LF Networking’s Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) project, which brings the telco ecosystem together to test, iterate, and collaborate on a common NFV Infrastructure (NFVI). By working closely with standards organizations and integrating components from upstream projects, OPNFV conducts performance and use case-based testing on a variety of solutions. The community works upstream with other open source groups including CNCF, ONAP, OAI, and more to bring contributions and insights in the form of blueprints, patches, and new code. The project also supports the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) that verifies labs, infrastructure, and virtual network functions (VNFs). 

It’s through this collaborative work that the end-to-end 5G Cloud Native Network POC came about. With over 100 individuals working on this initiative alone, it truly represents the power of open source: diverse groups coming together to begin integrating cloud native approaches to daunting industry challenges and optimizing 5G.

Also aligned with the efforts of the Common NFVI Telco Taskforce (CNTT) a joint effort hosted by the GSMA and the Linux Foundation operating as an open committee responsible for creating and documenting an industry-aligned Common NFVI Framework the initiative allows for early proofs-of-concept and learnings that will feed into and inform the cloud native work of the CNTT, which is expanding  its portfolio of Reference Architectures. Focus areas include Containerization, Kubernetes-based Cloud Native stacks, and Container-based network functions’ validation-based requirements.

LF Networking thanks all the organizations participating in this effort: A10 Networks, Alibaba, Altran, China Mobile, Commscope, Eurecom, Intel, Kaloom, Lenovo, Loodse, NetScout, OpenAirInterface, Red Hat, and Turnium

Learn More and Get Involved

For those onsite at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, more information about the demo is available at these locations in the Sponsor Showcase: A10 Networks (booth S69), Lenovo (booth S100), Loodse (booth SE27), and Red Hat (booth D1).

Red Hat will host an open informational session November 19-21  at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 in the Plaza Meeting Room, 2nd floor. Stop by between 10:00 – 12:00 or  2:00 – 4:00 to speak with representatives involved with the PoC and learn more. 

More information is accessible via the POC archive here where demo materials will be made available, as well as through the Virtual Central Office (VCO) mailing list: https://lists.opnfv.org/g/opnfv-vco.

During KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2019, the CNCF Telecom User Group (TUG) and CNTT will participate in two joint workshops. Part 1: Monday, November 18, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, San Diego Convention Center, Meeting room 17B, Mezzanine level; and Part 2: Wednesday, November 20: 4:30 pm – 6:30pm, San Diego Convention Center, Meeting room 2, Upper level. 

More information about participating in the CNTT is available here. A CNTT Face to Face meeting will take place in Prague as part of the LFN Developer & Testing Forum, January 2020. The Virtual Network Functions (VNF) testing hacking track team are open to CNF/PNF participants as well. Please contact: ovp-support@lfnetworking.org.  

Community Support

“The demonstration of 5G cloud native network represents an important advancement for mobile operators looking to virtualize their networks and lay the groundwork for the transition to 5G. A10 Networks is honored to have a role in the infrastructure, providing our carrier-grade firewall, with its high-performance container solution for security and the carrier-grade network address translation technology,” said Yasir Liaqatullah, vice president of product management at A10 Networks. “Our products are operating in this live ecosystem environment delivering proven interoperability across the user plane, control plane and networking plane of this 5G SA and NSA distributed cloud network.”

“CNCF has collaborated closely with LF Networking and OPNFV for the last several years to help bring cloud native architectures to the telecom world. We’re excited to see this 5G on Kubernetes demonstration on the keynote stage of the largest ever open source developer conference.” said Dan Kohn, CNCF executive director. “We look forward to collaborating to deploy cloud native architectures into production.”

“The transition to 5G represents a generational shift of communications infrastructure where open platforms, open source, and cloud native technologies will accelerate customers’ network transformations.  Today’s POC showcases the power of open source and cloud native 5G services built on Intel Xeon processor-based infrastructure,” said Rajesh Gadiyar, vice president and chief technology officer of Network & Custom Logic Group at Intel and member of the Linux Foundation Networking Board.

“We are very pleased to be part of this powerful cloud native multivendor demonstration at Kubecon together with Linux Foundation and Redhat. The VCO 3.0 showcase our Software Defined Fabric and Cloud Edge Fabric strengths with low latency, high performance and full automation. Our UPF has been designed for mission critical workloads and we done major improvements in CNI to improve reliability and availability for Kubernetes networking,” says Per Andersson, chief architect at Kaloom.

“The Linux Foundation initiative for VCO 3.0 enabled by Lenovo’s cloud software, provides a unified cloud experience across containers in different geographies, and demonstrates interoperability across ecosystem partners. The end-to-end cloud automation solution, underpinned by Lenovo infrastructure, streamlines the experience from core to central office to edge. This unlocks faster and smoother deployments of edge computing technologies,” said Charles Ferland, VP and general manager for Networking & CoSPs at Lenovo Data Center Group.

“5G opens many exciting new business opportunities and Kubernetes is poised to be the unified base upon which 5G is delivered. With the VCO 3.0 demo, Loodse is excited to showcase how the Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform can deliver a consistent Kubernetes experience from cloud to core to edge,” said Sebastian Scheele, CEO, Loodse. 

“EURECOM and the OAI Software Alliance are proud to partner with LF Networking, Red Hat, and the open source communities on 5G  deployments with cutting-edge container technology. The EURECOM 5G-EVE Facility Facility in Sophia Antipolis is a unique experimental community playground with indoor and outdoor 4G/5G connectivity enabled by RedHat’s OpenShift Container Platform running on commodity x86 servers,” said Raymond Knopp, EURECOM, president of the OAI. “Software Alliance.We welcome the  industry to come use our test facility for testing novel 5G vertical applications and innovative cloud-native processing for RAN, Core and Edge network functions.”

“Much as in traditional enterprise datacenters, service providers are ramping up their use of cloud native technologies like Kubernetes to build next-generation workloads. Red Hat is pleased to collaborate with partners and the Linux Foundation to showcase a cloud native mobile 5G network built on an open source infrastructure this year at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America,” said Tom Nadeau, technical director, NFV, Red Hat.

“Delivering containerized Turnium SD-WAN using Kubernetes allows us to deploy virtual networking solutions quickly and easily,” said Johan Arnet, Turnium CEO. “The VCO 3.0 project illustrates how our cloud-native managed SD-WAN platform can be deployed as containerized applications to deliver rapid deployment of central office functionality and build cost effective networks and infrastructure for telcos across private and public clouds. Kubernetes makes it simple to drop our SD-WAN into a network and provide quality of service, security and routing across mixed environments.”

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

 

In partnership with leading industry players, Linux Foundation to create Project Alvarium to facilitate intrinsic trust in data and applications spanning heterogeneous systems of systems 

BARCELONA, Spain IOT Solutions World Congress Oct. 28, 2019The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development among sustainable open source ecosystems, today announced the intent to form Project Alvarium. Project Alvarium will focus on building the concept of a Data Confidence Fabric (DCF) to facilitate measurable trust and confidence in data and applications spanning heterogeneous systems. The project will be seeded by code from Dell Technologies, with support from industry leaders including Arm, IBM, IOTA Foundation, MobiledgeX, OSIsoft, Unisys, and more. 

A DCF, or “trust fabric”, is a framework comprised of a variety of technologies that help insert trust into the data path, in turn facilitating the orchestration of trusted AI models and the delivery of data from devices to applications with measurable confidence. This is critical to scaling digital transformation initiatives that today often devolve into a debate of security, privacy and data ownership.

Project Alvarium will foster a community to collaborate on the baseline open source framework and related APIs that bind together the various ingredients that constitute trust fabrics, as well as to define the algorithms that drive confidence scores as data flows through any given implementation. The project will also seek to collaborate with other important industry efforts as the goal is to unify trust insertion capabilities, not reinvent them.

“We look forward to helping build a collaborative community to focus on creating and unifying trust insertion technologies,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “As edge computing becomes more pervasive, a comprehensive open source framework that delivers measurable confidence across industries and across stacks is imperative. We welcome Project Alvarium to the Linux Foundation family of projects.”

The project will be seeded in the coming quarter with work from Dell Technologies which also seeded the EdgeX Foundry project in April 2017. Now part of the LF Edge Umbrella, EdgeX is adopted globally for device- to- application interoperability at the IoT Edge, recently hitting one million total microservice downloads with half of those over the prior two months. The EdgeX framework is a default component within the DCF seed for open data ingestion, but as with any other ingredients, it can be replaced with a preferred alternative.

More details on Project Alvarium, including a video outlining how trust fabrics will transform business models across industries, are available at https://alvarium.org.

For a live demo of the DCF visit the LF Edge space (Stand #151) at IoT Solutions World Congress October 29 – 31.

Industry Support for Project Alvarium

“Digital transformation and a world of a trillion connected devices will only be possible if we can
trust the data being generated and shared by these devices”, said Andy Rose, chief system
architect and fellow at Arm. “Project Alvarium will enable further collaboration on secure product
design, leading to a more secure Internet of Things. The Platform Security Architecture (PSA)
provides a secure framework, and PSA Certified devices will serve as a best-in-class Root of
Trust foundation for the Data Confidence Fabrics.”

“Trust fabrics will be a key enabler for scaling digital transformation across inherently heterogeneous systems,” said Jason Shepherd, Global CTO, Edge and  IoT, Dell Technologies. “There is not an industry on the planet that this effort won’t impact in terms of delivering data with measurable confidence, facilitating trusted workload consolidation and also helping organizations scale meeting compliance requirements such as GDPR. We look forward to collaborating with the community on this important topic.” 

“As enterprises move into the next chapter of cloud, data is at the core of their business and keeping that data secure and ensuring the privacy of the users is key to success,” said David Boloker, Distinguished Engineer and Director, Business Development for IBM Edge Computing. “IBM is collaborating on Project Alvarium to support this important industry effort to build an open-source foundation for system wide trust from edge devices to cloud applications.”

“Data is the seed from which information, knowledge and wisdom sprouts and blossoms.Every connected device, app, machine, and human will utilize meaningful data in one way or another for decision making. As such, confidence in data is paramount.” said David Sønstebø, co-founder of IOTA Foundation. “The development of Data Confidence Fabrics through collaboration in Project Alvarium will power a new era of trust and transparency in data, which is at the core of what IOTA is designed for.”

“At MobiledgeX we are working with more than a dozen mobile operators worldwide to safely open their trusted networks for edge computing spanning Augmented Reality for gaming to industrial use cases,” said Sunay Tripathi, CTO of MobiledgeX. “With many of our deployments today, our operators and application owners are increasingly focused on the issue of privacy, especially with respect to our Edge-Cloud capability that enables companies to use best of breed applications while ensuring sensitive data stays in-country or on-premise. We see project Alvarium as a key piece to further the trust and privacy based edge ecosystem.”

“Data Confidence is central to large sensor-laden compute systems like those found in Industrial IoT digital transformation projects.  Both the Object Management Group (with its forthcoming SENSR standard) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (with over 25 large industrial IoT testbeds around the world) welcome the forthcoming Alvarium project as necessary for these critical infrastructures.” said Richard Mark Soley, PhD., Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group and Executive Director of OMG’s Industrial Internet Consortium. “With a long working relationship with important Linux Foundation projects, OMG and IIC are delighted to see this new project.”  

“For almost 40 years, OSIsoft has been helping the process industries manage and get value from their critical operations data. This data has traditionally come from sensors in the control and monitoring systems that keep critical operations running. Cost-effective sensing and integration represented by Industrial IoT introduces data from a “second network” that can meaningfully inform critical operations while not necessarily being part of direct process control. It is crucial for this data to be trusted if it is going to play an impactful role on the behavior of critical processes and operations,” said Richard Beeson, Chief Technology Officer of OSIsoft. “This is exactly where Project Alvarium can make a significant impact – by providing trust and confidence in Industrial IoT data so it can be relied upon or treated with an appropriate level of credibility when utilized in the decision, planning and actuation of critical operations and control systems.”

“Our consortium was founded two years ago to enable open-sourced development of trusted architectures for IoT, so working with Dell Technologies and their seed code for enabling Data Confidence Fabrics in the industry is an important organic part of our evolution,” said Anoop Nannra, Chairman of the Trusted IoT Alliance. “The Alliance is thrilled to be a part of the Project Alvarium initiative and our membership is excited to get involved in the ground-breaking technical work that lies ahead.”

“We are very pleased to be announcing the creation of the Digital Bill of Materials (DBoM) Consortium in partnership with Dell and leveraging Project Alvarium as an ingredient for scaling trust in the supply chain,” said Chris Blask, global director of IoT for Unisys. “Enterprises, vendors and consumers require trust in the sources of the software and hardware in their devices and infrastructure. The DBoM Consortium will establish an open structure for high-confidence and fine-grained visibility into each step a product experiences in the global supply chain.”

About The Linux Foundation

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  • Open industry taskforce developing common NFVI as industry moves toward 5G
  • Common model and related first architecture enables the building of operationally efficient open source SDN and NFV infrastructures
  • Supports LF Networking’s evolving compliance and verification program (OVP) using OPNFV Test Automation 

 

ANTWERP, Belgium Open Networking Summit Europe September 23, 2019 – LF Networking (LFN) and the GSMA today announced that the Common NFVi Telco Taskforce (CNTT) has reached its first major milestone with the publication of its initial common Reference Model and first Reference Architecture. Jointly hosted by the GSMA and the Linux Foundation, CNTT operates as an open committee responsible for creating and documenting an industry-aligned Common NFVI Framework. 

“This initial release represents the first tangible output of CNTT,” said Heather Kirksey, vice president, Community and Ecosystem Development, the Linux Foundation. “In the short time since ONS North America, the community has already reached milestones around creation of the Reference Model and first Reference Architecture. We have also initiated significant discussion around Reference Implementation along with commencement of enhancements to OVP within OPNFV.  I am very pleased to see the focused delivery of this group and our ability to align the industry and accelerate innovation, especially in the advance of 5G. It’s incredible to witness such deep collaboration and integration among operators and vendors from across the globe.”

“The speed with which this group has been established and produced its first tangible results are testament to the close cooperation and collaboration of its industry members,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “A common framework and approach will accelerate adoption and deployment in the 5G era and we look forward to aligning further with our partners on this important project.” 

Initially organized early in 2019, CNTT held its first community-wide, face-to-face gathering in Paris this July, with more than 80 operator and vendor participants in attendance; the successful three-day event enabled collaborative discussion on next steps.

Following that initial meeting, the CNTT is working closely with taskforce members to refine the  NFVI Reference Model, define a limited number of Reference Architectures, develop testing and verification requirements, and work with the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) to define a global VNF compliance and validation lifecycle. This work will shorten the on-boarding effort for VNFs, accelerate time to revenue, and reduce costs for both VNF vendors and operators. Relying on a ground breaking collaborative model between the GSMA, the Linux Foundation, and the telecommunications vendor ecosystem, the group is creating a suite of tangible specifications to be hosted by the GSMA, and code to be created and hosted within OPNFV.  

Preliminary documentation including the first Reference Model are available in CNTT GitHub repository  

  • Guiding Principles
  • Intent to Realize requirements from operators (such as testing)
  • Outline of GSMA-hosted specifications that support open source work from OPNFV
  • Preliminary Reference Model
  • A set of Reference Architectures based on the Reference Model with specific workload profiles for different cloud platforms.
  • Inputs into Lab-As-A Service and other Lab and CI/CD Infrastructure projects of OPNFV and LFN

Alignment with OVP

CNTT is an enhancer to  OVP, an open source, community-led compliance and verification program that demonstrates the readiness and availability of commercial NFV products and services, including NFVI and VNFs, using OPNFV and ONAP. OVP combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for multiple parts of the NFV stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG). 

Once CNTT Reference Models and Architectures are implemented and tested via OPNFV (Reference Implementations), commercial products adhering to these specifications can undergo an enhanced OVP’s VNF and NFVI compliance testing for establishing baseline conformance and offering interoperability. 

The OVP work continues to advance. There will be a dedicated OVP hacking track at the next LFN DDF + Plugfest to facilitate VNF vendor onboarding and testing. Anyone interested in any aspect of the program — including testing their VNFs — is encouraged to get involved and attend an introductory webinar with SDx Central: “How the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) Can Boost VNF Interoperability” on October 22Information on the existing 11 OPNFV Verified products to date is available here: https://nfvi-verified.lfnetworking.org/#/ 

Looking ahead

CNTT will continue to further refine its Reference Model and its first Reference Architecture based on Openstack, and expand its portfolio of Reference Architectures with an upcoming focus on areas such as Containerization, Kubernetes-based Cloud Native stacks and Container based network functions’ validation requirements, along with growing its capabilities surrounding compliance and verification testing, and providing a lifecycle approach for NFVI. GSMA and OPNFV look forward to continuing the open source definition and implementation work that powers the community and ecosystem, so that these new technologies can be integrated into global service provider networks. 

Community Support

AT&T
“Since its formation earlier this year, the CNTT community has made tremendous progress in building out the foundational elements of a NFVI and VFN lifecycle framework, as well as creating alignment on a discrete, compliant and verified set of NFV infrastructures for the telco ecosystem,” said Mark Cottrell, assistant vice president, Network Cloud, AT&T Labs. “By delivering on this promise, CNTT will simplify VNF development, bringing compliant and verified VNFs to the marketplace more quickly.”

China Mobile
“Common NFVI helps NFV deployment via true decoupling between the virtual layer and the application layer. It is motivated to reduce resource fragmentation and vendor binding. Given this goalit is important to have both infrastructure and application vendors closely collaborate to truly realize productization based on standard resource specifications. We look forward to promoting the development, implementation and certification of this standard through the cooperation between GSMA and LFN.” Said, Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief Scientist at China Mobile Research Institute, General Manager of AI & Intelligent Operation R&D Center.

Ericsson
Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture and Technology, Ericsson Digital Services states, “Ericsson is one of the leading contributors of code to many open source projects and also leading contributor to OPNFV from beginning including driving common NFVI architecture and seeking alignment with standard bodies and open source community. We have been working with OVP certification process and Ericsson Cloud Execution environment (CEE) is OVP certified. As 5G networks are beginning to be deployed, a common NFVI is key both in the central data center and also in the Edge data centers. Ericsson will continue to support the open source initiatives such as CNTT, its continuous improvements and verification program including the VNF verification.”

Globe Telecom
“The promise of NFV was compelling for global operators,” said Vincent Seet, head, Enterprise Architecture, Globe Telecom. “The opportunity to more efficiently utilize networks through virtualization and other open source technologies was and still is compelling. However, what the communities didn’t anticipate and have yet to conquer is the overall integration complexity and challenge. It’s great to see that so many organizations are collaborating on the CNTT to directly address the challenge and help move the industry forward.”

Intel
“A set of common NFVi reference architectures, supported with a strong compliance and verification test suites are absolutely critical to drive the next phase of Network Transformation which is fundamental to usher in the promise of edge computing and 5G,“ said Rajesh Gadiyar,vice president and chief technology officer of the Network and Customs Logic Group atIntel. “An agile NFV stack built on cloud principles with the CNTT reference architecture is pivotal and will accelerate innovation and deployment of new services.”

Nokia
“Nokia welcomes the Common NVFI Taskforce (CNTT) activity initiated by GSMA together with LNF to build an industry-aligned NFV infrastructure framework,” said Ron Haberman, CTO of Nokia Software.  “As an active participant in OPNFV and the OPNFV Verification program (OVP), Nokia is delighted a broader industry-backed task force has been formed to focus on a common NFVI framework. Having participated in hundreds of cloud infrastructure and NFV deployments, involving Network and IT workloads across a broad set of vendors, we know how critical predictable performance from the NFVI is for production networks and services.  Lowering implementation obstacles, like commissioning the correct infrastructure for the task, should add momentum to NFV adoption and the 5G evolution.”

Orange
“Specifying reference NFV infrastructure benefits all parties in the integration chain. We are very pleased the industry at large is now recognizing the benefit, and is embarking into the CNTT initiative. Progress since ONS Europe last year has been tremendous,” said Stéphane Demartis, VP Cloud Infrastructure Solutions and Services, Orange.

Verizon
“From the beginning I saw the value of the work that CNTT is doing as a way to speed the integration of our VNF vendors into our next generation infrastructure,” said  Beth Cohen, SDN Products, Verizon.

Vodafone
“The CNTT empowered by an industry driven compliance and certification programme means  less need for internal testing of VNFs before onboarding them into our network and hence allowing us to introduce new services to our customers faster,” said Markus Wuepping, Head of Cloud Center of Excellence, Vodafone Group.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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LF Networking (LFN) represents the largest set of networking projects with the broadest community in the industry that collaborate on the many challenges and opportunities in the open source networking stack. Since forming in January 2018, it has grown to over 100 members that represent ~70% of the world’s mobile subscribers. Network operators like AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, and Orange are deeply engaged in the technical work of the community, and some of that innovation will be on display at the LF Networking booth at ONS Europe, Sept 23 – 25, 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The ONS Europe CFP collected a record number of submissions this year for speaking as well as for community-driven demos. Accordingly, we’ve expanded the number of demo stations from 10 to 12 and highlight innovations from 7 of the 8 LFN projects from within the LF Networking umbrella (FD.io, ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, OpenSwitch, PNDA, and Tungsten Fabric), as well as projects from adjacent technology stacks, including Collectd, DPDK, HAPROXY, Helm, Kafka, Kubernetes, Openstack, OpenWRT, and Prometheus. We welcome you to spend some time talking to and learning from these experts in the technical community during the Technical Showcase in the Atrium Monday – Wednesday.

For the first time, the LFN Booth will feature the demo “OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) in Action” where visitors can learn about the three verification tracks—NFVI, VNFs based on requirements from the ONAP community, and test labs. Through OVP, CSPs can accelerate time to deployment for new network services, improve interoperability and software quality, and reduce in-house testing and costs, while vendors improve time to revenue for new product offerings, achieve greater alignment with customer requirements, and demonstrate product quality.

Listed below is the full networking demo lineup, and you can read detailed descriptions of each demo here.

  • TransportPCE: SDN controller and simulators for WDM optical networks (OpenDaylight, FD.io, Open ROADM, Lighty.io) Presented by Orange, Pantheon.tech
    Baremetal deployment with XCI (OPNFV) Presented by SUSE and Ericsson
  • Closed Loop Automation: Self-healing, Infrastructure Resiliency & Maintenance (OPNFV, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Collectd, Prometheus, Kafka, mcelog) Presented by Intel and Nokia
  • OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) in Action (ONAP, OPNFV) Presented by Aarna Networks, China Mobile, Huawei, Intel, Vodafone, VoerEir
  • CTNet2025 Intent-Based Network (ONAP, OpenDaylight) Presented by China Telecom
  • Policy Goes Mainstream in ONAP, Leveraging TOSCA and Kubernetes (ONAP) Presented by AT&T and Ericsson
  • Application Oriented on-demand 5G Slice Service Provisioning by ONAP (ONAP) Presented by China Mobile, Tencent, Huawei
  • DPDK-based CNI Support Using Integrated Tungsten Fabric – VPP Solution (Tungsten Fabric, DPDK, FD.io, Kubernetes) Presented by ATSOPX: Your Way to Build Composable Networks (OpenSwitch, Free Range Routing), Presented by Dell Technologies
  • Cloud-native Network Data Analytics with PNDA (PNDA, Apache Hadoop, Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, CNCF Kubernetes, CNCF Prometheus, Helm) Presented by Gradiant and Cisco
  • AI Controller System based on Reliably Forecasting Resource Usage (ONAP, Acumos) Presented by China Mobile, QCT, & Astri
  • Integrating Kubernetes CNFs and OpenStack VNFs with Tungsten Fabric (Tungsten Fabric (LFN) Kubernetes OpenStack OpenWRT HAProxy) Presented by Codilime

We hope to see you at the show! Register today!

Note: Hall Passes and Day passes are available for just $275 and $600 respectively and LF members get an additional discount. Please email events@linuxfoundation.org with any questions.

New version aligns a year of terminology and lexical updates across multiple edge computing projects

SAN FRANCISCO – August 29, 2019LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced Version 2.0 of its Open Glossary of Edge Computing. This latest version of the Open Glossary adds a year of updates from the edge community while further iterating vocabulary across the entirety of LF Edge projects.

The Open Glossary of Edge Computing was created in 2018 as a vehicle to organize a shared, vendor-neutral vocabulary for edge computing to improve communication and accelerate innovation in the field. Launched as part of the first annual State of the Edge report, the Open Glossary is now an open source project under the LF Edge umbrella. The Open Glossary 2.0 is available in a publicly-accessible GitHub repo, and the new versions will be included in the State of the Edge 2019 report, to be released later this fall.

“The Open Glossary of Edge Computing exemplifies a community-driven process to document and refine the language around edge computing,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge, and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “As the diversity of LF Edge increases, we want frameworks in place that make it easy to talk about edge computing in consistent and less-biased ways. It’s imperative the community comes together to converge on a shared vocabulary, as it will play a substantial role in how our industry discusses and defines the next-generation internet.”

“Now that we’ve reached the v2.0 milestone, the next big task for the Open Glossary will be to recommend standardizing the lexicon across all of the LF Edge projects,” said Matt Trifiro, CMO of Vapor IO and chair of the Open Glossary of Edge Computing. “The LF Edge projects span the continuum from cloud to device. Each project has evolved organically, often with its own vocabulary, and our goal is to both respect each project’s history but make it practical and possible to talk coherently across projects using terms and phrases that mean the same thing. This will be a long-term community effort.”

By cataloging the community’s shared lexicon, the Open Glossary fosters an adroit exchange of information and helps to illuminate hidden bias in discussions of edge computing. Moreover, because the project is freely-licensed, individuals and organizations may publish and incorporate the glossary into their own works. The Open Glossary is presented under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC-BY-SA-4.0) in order to encourage use and adoption.

To increase the diversity of viewpoints, the Open Glossary project welcomes contributors from everywhere, offering a publicly-accessible GitHub repository where individuals can join the community, present ideas, participate in discussions, and offer their suggestions and improvements to the glossary. By combining many viewpoints in a transparent process, the Open Glossary of Edge Computing presents a resource that can be used by journalists, analysts, vendors and practitioners.

Resources

LF Edge

Open Glossary of Edge Computing project page

Open Glossary Official GitHub Repo

Contributor Guidelines

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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About the Open Glossary of Edge Computing

The Linux Foundation’s Open Glossary of Edge Computing project curates and defines terms related to the field of edge computing, collecting common and accepted definitions into an openly licensed repository. The Open Glossary project leverages a diverse community of contributors to collaborate on a shared lexicon, offering an organization and vendor-neutral platform for advancing a common understanding of edge computing and the next generation internet. The Open Glossary is governed as an open source project using a transparent and meritocratic process. The glossary is freely licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC-BY-SA-4.0), in order to encourage use and adoption. For more information, see https://www.lfedge.org/projects/openglossary/.

About State of the Edge

The State of Edge (http://stateoftheedge.com) is a member-supported research organization that produces free reports on edge computing and was the original creator of the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, which was donated to The Linux Foundation. Version 2.0 of the Open Glossary of Edge Computing is being incorporated into the 2019 report. The State of the Edge welcomes additional participants, contributors and supporters. If you have an interest in participating in upcoming reports or submitting a guest post to the State of the Edge Blog, feel free to reach out by emailing info@stateoftheedge.com.

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  • Industry’s Premier Open Networking Event to Feature Talks from AT&T, Charter Communications, China Mobile, Dell Technologies, Ericsson, ETSI, Huawei, Orange, Verizon and more 
  • 100+ sessions featuring 150+ expert community speakers addressing AI & Machine Learning; Cloud Native Networking; Edge & IoT, Enterprise IT; and 5G, Network Automation & DevOps

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2019 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the session line-up for Open Networking Summit Europe, taking place September 23-25 in Antwerp, Belgium. The event features cross-industry speakers from AT&T, Bell Canada, Cisco, China Mobile, CNCF,  Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, doc.ai, Ericsson, ETSI, Huawei, Intel, Loodse,  Nexomo, Nokia, Nutanix, Orange, Red Hat, Supergiant, Swisscom, TATA Communications, Telecom Italia, VMware, Vodafone, Vulk Coop, and more.

“We are pleased to welcome an impressive line-up of speakers from a diverse roster of organizations to the ONS Europe stage this year, said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation.  “Open networking now has touch points all across the industry from cloud native to 5G to AI, edge, IoT, machine learning and more and is the place to be for the latest in open network innovation and knowledge-sharing.”

The industry’s premier open networking event, Open Networking Summit (ONS) enables innovation and collaborative development across enterprises, service providers, cloud providers, and more. The event offers a venue for discussing the future of open networking with a focus on integration with adjacent technologies such as  5G, SDN/NFV, VNF/CNF, Cloud Native Networking, Network Automation, Edge, AI, and Access and IOT. Following 2018’s inaugural event outside of North America, ONS Europe 2019 continues to provide expanded opportunities for more individuals to share, learn and collaborate on these important and emerging technologies.

Featured Keynote Speakers not previously announced include:

  • Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief Scientist, China Mobile Research Institute
  • Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer and Industry Lead for the Executive Steering Body, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)
  • Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer & General Manager, ICT Infrastructure Open Source, Huawei
  • Luis Jorge Romero, Director-General, ETSI
  • Jason Shepherd, Chief Technology Officer, IoT & Edge Computing, Dell Technologies
  • Lance Tatman, Director, Measurement Analytics and Software, Keysight Technologies
  • Mohammad Zebetian, Senior Director of Datacenter Network and NFV Architecture, Charter Communications

The community-curated schedule will feature sessions from industry-leading technologies spanning a range of relevant topics, including:

  • AI & Machine Learning
    • Network Traffic Analytics through Accelerator and SmartNIC at Edge – Yuming Ma & Mrittika Ganguli, Intel Corporation
    • Towards Open Network Intelligence – Faseela K, Ericsson & Frederick Kautz, doc.ai
  • Edge & IoT
    • Your Path to Edge Computing – Akraino Edge Stack Update – Kandan Kathirvel, AT&T & Tina Tsou, Arm
    • OSF Edge Computing Activities – Building a Solid Foundation – Beth Cohen, Verizon; Ildiko Vancsa, OpenStack Foundation; Gergely Csatari, Nokia; and Chris Price, Ericsson
  • Cloud Native Networking
    • ONAP Native VNF Onboarding with NETCONF / YANG – Sharing of Learnings by Working with ONAP Fundamentals – Marc Fiedler, Deutsche Telekom
    • Embracing Cloud Native on the Path to 5G – Taylor Carpenter, Vulk Coop; Frederick Kautz, doc.ai; Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation; Lincoln Lavoie, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab; and Rabi Abdel, Vodafone
  • Enterprise IT
    • Driving to the Edge: How Open APIs and Open RAN will Transform Ordinary Parking Lots into Dynamic Data Centers – Natasha Tamaskar, Radisys
    • Running VM Workloads Side by Side with Container Workloads – Sebastian Scheele, Loodse
  • 5G, Network Automation & DevOps
    • Experience for Bringing up 800 Nodes NFV Cloud Using AUTO in China Mobile – Qiao Fu, China Mobile 
    • Extendable Workflow for ONAP Service Orchestrator – Seshu Kumar Mudiganti, Huawei & Alexis de Talhouët, Bell Canada
  • Developer Unconference and Meetups

Conference Registration is $1000 through July 28, with additional registration options available, including: $275 Hall Passes; $600 Day Passes; and $500 Student Passes.  Non-profit and group discounts are available as well; please see the event registration page for details.  Members of the Linux Foundation and Linux Foundation Projects receive a 20 percent discount on all registration fees; contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a discount code.  Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted; for information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

The Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

Open Networking Summit Europe is made possible thanks to Diamond Sponsor Ericsson; Platinum Sponsors Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Huawei, and OpenTAP;  Gold Sponsor Red Hat; partners DevOps.com, Enterprise Networking Magazine, IIOT Connection, SDxCentral, TechGenez, The New Stack, and Women Who Code; and additional Silver and Bronze sponsors. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.  

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Jill Lovato at jlovato@linuxfoundation.org.

Additional Resources 

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Media Contact
Jill Lovato
The Linux Foundation
jlovato@linuxfoundation.org