By Timo Perälä, Nokia
The new year will see more than 200 engineers from all over the world gather at our Paris-Saclay site for a Nokia hosted open source event – the jointly held OPNFV Gambia release Plugfest and ONAP Dublin release Developer Forum.
As a founder and active participant in both projects, Nokia is committed to their success and I’m looking forward to an event where the focus is on openness and collaboration. Based on the experience of hosting the ONAP Developer event little more than a year ago at the same site, I’m confident the event will be a success!
For ONAP, the Dublin release Developer Forum is a critical step in defining and agreeing the contents of the Dublin release, to be ready in mid-2019. Nokia has been a major contributor to ONAP, being especially active in expanding ONAP’s ability to manage and orchestrate not only virtualized but also physical network functions. Together with colleagues, we plan to continue this journey for the ONAP Dublin release and beyond.
The OPNFV Plugfest focuses on the Gambia release, allowing developers to fine tune it for different hardware variants, while also providing an opportunity for OPNFV project members to meet and discuss their plans for the Hunter release.
Holding the OPNFV Plugfest concurrently with ONAP helps lay the foundation for future VNF verification and certification activities, a major aspect of ONAP from the very beginning.
In addition to compliance and verification, the OPNFV and ONAP cross-project collaboration topics include automated testing, CI/CD, Lab-as-a-Service and infrastructure, all the way to documentation.
Such cross-project collaboration is a proof of the synergy benefits between the open source projects hosted by Linux Foundation. This was the aim of Nokia and other member companies when creating the Linux Foundation Networking fund, an umbrella organization within Linux Foundation to bring various networking open source projects closer together and coordinate their activities.
In addition to hosting and contributing to the co-located event, Nokia will have demonstrations of our lightning fast 5G networks and cutting-edge open hardware for the network edge.
The event is an excellent opportunity to witness the latest developments in open source networking projects, so I really hope you can come along. In addition to in-person participation, remote access to sessions will also be provided.
Please note that prior registration is required – please register as soon as possible at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/calendar/onap-ddf-opnfv-plugfest/
The agenda for the event, currently being finalized, is here: https://wiki.lfnetworking.org/display/LN/OPNFV-ONAP+January+2019+Session+Proposals
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