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Interoperability Testing at the OPNFV Plugfest: Deployment, Network Integration and VNF Applications

By November 16, 2016January 18th, 2017Blog

By Lincoln Lavoie, senior engineer, Broadband Technologies, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

This post first published on the UNH-IOL blog

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We are looking forward to hosting the OPNFV Plugfest the week of December 5 – 9, 2016 at the UNH Interoperability Lab. The week-long event is a great opportunity for organizations to test the interoperability of specific OPNFV implementations over multiple hardware platforms as well as Virtual Network Functions (VNF)applications.

Plugfests provide a venue for to do real-time, hands-on testing with others in the industry. These events can be extremely valuable during the early stages of technology.  At just over two years old, OPNFV is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation that facilitates the development and evolution of NFV components across various open source ecosystems. Through system level integration, deployment and testing, OPNFV creates a reference NFV platform to accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks. This will be the project’s second Plugfest, focused on its recent Colorado platform release. Details from the inaugural Plugfest held in May 2016 may be found in this report.

The upcoming OPNFV Plugfest will continue to focus on both hardware and software integration as well as deployment of commercial VNFs and controllers across various upstream open source ecosystems. The event will also include testing of OPNFV hardware based on the Open Compute Project (OCP), which will create a fully open implementation from hardware through software.

Though still evolving, options for OPNFV Interoperability Plugfest Test Cases include:

OPNFV members and non-members, alike, are invited to attend. Participation of developers from many diverse organizations is encouraged to ensure a well-rounded set of perspectives.

Additionally, and for the first time, a Hackfest has been organized for the same week as the Plugfest, and is expected to draw many more OPNFV developers. These events will provide a truly unique opportunity for participants and developers to advance the OPNFV platform. If there are things you’d like to see in the upcoming OPNFV releases, we encourage you to show up, participate, and get things done!


About the author of this post

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Lincoln Lavoie, Senior Engineer, Broadband Technologies, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), Lincoln Lavoie is the senior engineer in Broadband Technologies and acts as an industry lead for the executive steering body at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). In this role, he is responsible for the technical management of the broadband access technology grounds, including Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), and Technical Report 069 (TR-069).