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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 3/20/2015 | 5:37:49 PM
Mailing lists Open Daylight, also a Linux Foundation project, does a lot of its communication over mailing lists. Is that something that can work here as well as a way for outsiders to stay apprised of what's going on?
jabailo 3/21/2015 | 12:50:43 PM
Client or Cloud The future of Linux on the desktop at least will be written by whether we can finally make the Cloud the "projector" of that desktop.

We already see its beginnings with cloud based systems such as Chromecast and Fire Stick TV.   Coming up next is nVidia shield which took the baby cloud steps of XBX1 and PS4 and made it the only mechanism for game delivery.

At the point that the desktop is built entirely on the server, it's going to be hard to argue with the low cost, and infinite flexibility of Linux.   Microsoft may soon have to get into that business to survive!

On the other hand, having a well known brand name and a single company with people paid to make it all work is nothing to sneeze at either, as Apple has demonstrated time and again...

 

 
MikeP688 3/22/2015 | 4:06:07 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* The power of Android continues onward as well--I sensed a bit of "pessismism" here.  Yet some of the interesting players-- driven by the likes of "Jolicloud"--continue to drive the notion of Open Source interesting.  On a Personal note, I basically resurrected by old Netbook by installing JoliCloud....and get some really decent cloud storage****.AND the stability is absolutely amazing.   Although the tier 1 players will continue onward, the emergence of the Open Source Alternatives will be part of life and they have to guard against it.     Just for the record, I remember when AutoCad went for $ 2K..and now the same capability (in 3D) is available thru Google for free.    

Ever so fascinating......
jabailo 3/22/2015 | 6:13:37 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* When it comes to the GUI and applications running nearly entirely on the cloud, it will be as easy to change the entire Desktop as it is to change wall paper.

You already see this with a Linux desktop where its a completely separate subsystem.  So not only can you change the look of the desktop, but you can switch windowing systems (GNOME, KDE) and also the entire core subsystem (X-windows).

On an NFV system, of course, this will all be pre-configured, or configured on the fly, for you, and switchable.   
MikeP688 3/22/2015 | 8:38:12 PM
Re: Client or Cloud *Brief Thoughts* JoliCloud is the perfect example of what you've outlined.   
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...

http://shield.nvidia.com/
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 | 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!

 

 
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!
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...
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