A Proof of Concept (PoC) event organized by the Open Networking Forum (ONF) successfully concluded yesterday at IMDEA Networks Institute.
With the aim of demonstrating the feasibility of ONF technologies on the wireless and mobile arena, a PoC event was organized by the Wireless and Mobile Working Group (WG) at IMDEA Networks. Its main objective was to collect and use cases to determine architectural and protocol requirements for extending ONF-based technologies to the wireless and mobile domains. Areas of interest and pertinence included the optimization and management of various network types, including wireless backhaul, cellular Evolved Packet Core (EPC) - which entails traffic management, traffic steering, and network security - IEEE technologies such as OmniRAN, and unified access and management across enterprise wireless and fixed networks. The Wireless and Mobile WG worked closely with other technical WG’s within the ONF to determine architecture and OpenFlow protocol issues and suggest extensions to ONF specifications able to support wireless and mobile use cases. The IMDEA Networks WG also intended to collaborate with other standardization bodies to further enhance and promote the use of OpenFlow and OpenFlow-based SDN (Software Defined Networks) solutions.
It is worth highlighting that this PoC event dealt with Wireless Backhaul, an area of great interest for professional vendors who aspire to integrate OpenFlow extensions to their equipment, as these have already proven to be able to provide efficient support in real-life scenarios.
PoC participants were: Ceragon, Huawei, SIAE, Ericsson and NEC (MW equipment), Coriant (routing/switching), ONOS (controller), Telefonica (operator) and IMDEA Networks/UC3M (as hosting organizations). The event took place from October 7th to the 16th, 2015.
More information about this event can be found here (See ‘PoC – Proof of Concept Event’).