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OIF & ONF Join Forces to Test Transport SDN

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FREMONT, Calif. -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) are working together to test Transport Software Defined Networking (SDN) in several global carrier lab environments. Participating carriers include China Mobile, China Telecom, TELUS and Verizon. Consulting carriers and research institutions participating in the demonstration include KDDI R&D Laboratories, Orange and China Academy of Telecommunications Research.

The testing, which begins this month, leverages the OIF‘s knowledge of transport networks and worldwide interoperability testing experience for optical equipment, along with ONF’s leadership role for the OpenFlow protocol and SDN architecture. OpenFlow extensions for optical transport developed in the ONF Optical Transport Working Group are being prototyped in the demo along with Service Request and Topology APIs from application to controller. The framework of the demo is application-based bandwidth-on-demand between data center sites, also referred to as cloud-bursting. This real-world use case will illustrate prototype deployment of Transport SDN technology, common interfaces required, needs for interoperability and any operational challenges.

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