NFV Specs/Open Source

Will Open Source Groups Keep Windows Open?

OPNFV's coming-out party at Mobile World Congress has been judged a success, says its Director of NFV Heather Kirksey. In a blog released today, she points to large crowds at both the social and informative events hosted by the group as an indication of interest in its work and particularly applauds the community nature of the effort to this point.

The full blog can be viewed here and it includes a link to a recording of the panel discussion on Open Platform for NFV Project Inc. featuring five of its board members, including AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) 's Margaret Chiosi, and Hui Deng, principal staff at China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL)'s Research Institute.

The panel starts with some long-winded introductions -- did you know Margaret Chiosi got into a music conservatory but chose engineering and that Martin Backstrom, head of industry sector datacom for Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), went skiing for four days before Barcelona? -- but once you get past that, it provides a detailed and interesting look at what OPNFV is doing, from multiple perspectives. (You can access it directly here.)

The goal of the session, as stated by Intel's Heather Rivera, the marketing chair of OPNFV, is to attract new members to the organization.

Read more about NFV strategies and the role of open source in our NFV section here on Light Reading.

What I find more intriguing, however, is the view of OPNFV it provides to those not engaged in the process. As the telecom community embraces open source processes, it's a little less clear how those who are unable to engage directly in the process, for whatever reason, will stay abreast of development details.

Thus far, the Linux Foundation , under whose auspices OPNFV was created, has done an excellent job of keeping the media apprised of the group's progress, and here at Light Reading we'll continue to cover the group closely. But the level of information the media can provide in blogs such as this is limited and certainly not at engineering level.

I think it will be a challenge in the future for the telecom sector to continue to track what happens at OPNFV and other open source groups, as well as industry fora. I, for one, hope sessions like the one recorded in Barcelona continue to happen on a regular basis, not just for recruitment purposes but also to keep an open source project open to the broader view.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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Mitch Wagner 3/26/2015 | 11:02:17 AM
Re: Mailing lists Thanks, HRKirksey! Those seem to be standard channels for open source teams to communicate. Good to see this group using them. 
cnwedit 3/25/2015 | 2:43:40 PM
Re: Mailing lists Thanks, Heather, for providing that information. I have now browsed around the wiki site myself - very interesting stuff.
DHagar 3/25/2015 | 2:36:17 PM
Re: Client or Cloud "Brief Thoughts" MikeP688, true.  It has to be a platform that is recognized, not just version 1001 - or there will be no identity.
MikeP688 3/25/2015 | 9:11:11 AM
Re: Client or Clooud "Brief Thoughts" The challenge is to push this in a way that would insure continued viablity.   We have all been privy to all who have been the "flavor of the moment" and thereafter dissipated like the wind.    Our challenge is to insure that such innovation is fostered day in and day out.   
HRKirksey 3/24/2015 | 10:33:02 PM
Re: Mailing lists Hi Mitch,

Like OpenDaylight, we also use mailing lists within OPNFV that are open to everyone, regardless of whether they're a member.  Many of the projects have publicly available IRC channels and recurring calls as well. All the technical project activities, including the weekly Technical Steering Committee calls, are open to anyone who's interested.  If you're curious, I recommend going for a spin around the Wiki to look at project information, call schedule, etc.  https://wiki.opnfv.org/
kq4ym 3/24/2015 | 4:13:54 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* In the efforts to increase membership in the various open source groups I wonder if there may be some inefficiencies coming along with the theoretical benefits of open source. " ...it's a little less clear how those who are unable to engage directly in the process, for whatever reason, will stay abreast of development details," but what will happen as the groups grow and "splinter" into various avenues...
DHagar 3/23/2015 | 9:29:12 PM
Re: Client or Clooud "Brief Thoughts" MikeP688, great thoughts.  You are exactly correct.  The people that already know the values, such as the great examples jbailo is identifying, aren't the ones that need to be convinced.  The ability to show the "feasibility" and "benefits" NFV and SDN provide is what will keep the open source windows and grow the markets.  They need to see this as a viable alternative to what they know about.

This is the great value of lightreading, and other informative sites!
jabailo 3/22/2015 | 9:47:21 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts*
Well, yes, and here is where NFV and SDN could shine through.

Think about how you would design a close to 0ms latency network...no slower than the speed of light!

Would replacing hardware with software do it?

Would you want "ultra hardware" like superconductive fibers?

How about predictive technology -- that say, figures out what you are likely to do next and preloads it to a local node (still in the cloud) but close to you!


MikeP688 3/22/2015 | 8:54:47 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* Sure..no question--but I am sure you agree that beyond the "Geeks" things have to be very very seamless for it to be able to be adopted on a mass scale.   
jabailo 3/22/2015 | 8:50:39 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* Well...it's halfway there.

It still requires a specific app harness that runs client software.

What may be possible with 1Gbps throughput and low latency is the sending of the entire screen.

The idea is that the entire video GPU would be hosted in the network, and similar to Chromecast you would send only keystrokes up to the cloud, and get HDMI updates.

Really, a kind of X-Windows terminal but with all the media and gaming capabilities of a modern computer.

NVidia's Shield is being developed along these lines...

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