OIF Webinar Unveils SDN T-API Use Case Demo Results

Created November 20, 2018
Applications and Research

Consortium Also Launches Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN Project

On November 30, experts from the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will participate in the Lightwave Open Optical webcast series to discuss the results of OIF’s 2018 SDN T-API multi-vendor interoperability demonstration. The collaborative demo, “Assuring Open Optical Networking Interoperability” took place earlier this year. It showcased new dynamic behaviour use cases and deployment scenarios, and identified multiple success points and areas where additional work is needed to enhance performance.

Speakers include: Dave Brown, OIF Communications Director, Nokia; Lyndon Ong, OIF MA&E Committee Co-Chair, Networking, Ciena; Jonathan Sadler, OIF Network Interoperability Working Group Chair, Infinera; and Victor Lopez, Technology Expert at Systems and Network Global Direction, Telefónica gCTIO.

Register here to attend the webcast.

In a second key development, reinforcing its work to speed the implementation and commercialisation of Software-Defined Networking (SDN), the OIF has announced the launch of its newest project: “Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN.” The project outlines requirements for a multi-layer SDN reference architecture as a use case for packet optical transport networks.

To meet the need for service/application-aware dynamic connectivity, on-demand bandwidth (for example, in datacentre applications) and reduced OPEX, packet and optical layers need to successfully integrate with SDN control. More importantly, says the OIF, there needs to be an interoperable framework that can be deployed across the network operator community for DataCentre Interconnect (DCI) and other Wide Area Network (WAN) applications. The “Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN” project will generate functional requirements, a reference architecture and use cases for packet/optical networks guided by the vision to enable agile, open network solutions that simplify operations and optimise resource utilisation.

“Most of the existing SDN standards work, including OIF’s recent SDN Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API) multi-vendor interoperability demo, addresses the technical details,” said Junjie Li of China Telecom and OIF Network Operator Working Group Chair. “However, it is critical to also work across layers and build a standardised universal open framework at the solution level that will normalise architecture, interfaces and behaviours to advance the industry as a whole.”

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.