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OIF and ONF partner to test Transport SDN in carrier labs worldwide
Announced Date: 8/26/2014 Published Date: 8/27/2014

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced they are working together to test Transport software defined networking (SDN) in several global carrier lab environments, including China Mobile, China Telecom, TELUS and Verizon.

In addition, consulting carriers and research institutions participating in the demonstration include KDDI R&D Laboratories, Orange and China Academy of Telecommunications Research.

Due to begin later in August, the testing will leverage the OIF's knowledge of transport networking and interoperability testing experience with optical equipment and the ONF's leadership position in the OpenFlow protocol and SDN architecture.

The demonstration will feature prototype OpenFlow extensions for optical transport developed in the ONF Optical Transport working group in conjunction with service request and topology APIs from application to controller. The framework of the demo is application-based bandwidth-on-demand between data centre sites, also termed cloud-bursting.

This real-world use case is designed to illustrate prototype deployment of Transport SDN technology, the common interfaces required, the need for interoperability and any operational challenges that are encountered.

The organisations noted that SDN, combined with network functions virtualisation (NFV), can improve the ability of a network to dynamically adapt to the needs of applications and services and participating OIF and ONF member companies will come together to showcase how carriers can deploy SDN in their networks.

The demonstration will take place in carrier labs located in North America, Europe and Asia and will leverage technology from the ONF's technical committees and OIF and ONF carrier members. The testing is part of the organisations' aim of accelerating the adoption of OpenFlow and Transport SDN technologies and enable increased network programmability to support dynamic services.

The OIF and ONF announced in late June that they have partnered on Transport SDN and planned to collaborate during the year for a global demonstration of the technology in a number of carrier-hosted labs.