- Operations, administration and maintenance is being added to its charter. That item includes some elements related to security, Pitt says. One criticism of OpenFlow is that the controller, which relays instructions to switches and routers, provides a centralized point ripe for hacking.
- The previously announced certification program is nearly ready. OpenFlow 1.0 conformance specifications are coming out this quarter, with OpenFlow 1.3 to follow later in the year. (See Putting OpenFlow to the Test.)
- The New Transport working group, which Light Reading reported on a couple of weeks ago, will be announced formally, bringing optical networking into the OpenFlow discussion. "There is interest from wireless, but boy, the optical interest is just skyrocketing," Pitt says. (See OpenFlow Goes Optical.)
- A transition group will be compiling a set of best practices related to bringing OpenFlow into an existing network.
- For chip vendors, a new advisory board will help with codifying OpenFlow in hardware. Pitt says he's expecting some chip announcements to be made at ONS.
- The ONF will start publishing a catalog of available OpenFlow controllers and northbound APIs.
- The addition of more Research Associates -- university researchers who are granted status as full ONF members. This circle is being expanded to about a dozen, from four previously, including researchers from Brazil, China, Switzerland and the U.S.