Collaboration in Action: CORD Certification Brigade

On July 19, the CORD community coordinated and hosted its first “CORD Test Seminar,” alongside the China CORD Industry Alliance and BII–SDNCTC, to drive CORD testing forward. To build on this event, we hope the creation of a CORD Certification Brigade will make it easier for community members to participate in these types of efforts.

Nearly 40 delegates from 15 companies – such as China Unicom, BII-CFIEC, Intel, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, H3C, Huawei, ZTE, Nokia Bell Shanghai, FiberHome, VCMY, Mellanox, Centec Networks, Baicells, Deltaww and Optical Telecom – gathered in Beijing for this self-organized event. The community offered insight surrounding CORD development status and research progress, E-CORD and M-CORD research and testing status, and the future direction of CORD testing.

The community-lead “CORD Testing Seminar” was co-located with the “2017 SDNFV Fest” test event, where more than 40 switches, routers and server devices participated in testing, alongside the testing of cloud platforms, MANO management platform and VNF software.

Zhou Wei, China Unicom professor-level senior engineer, delivering a speech during the CORD Test Seminar

To kick-off the seminar, Dr. Zhou Wei – a professor-level senior engineer at China Unicom – presented the CORD community’s latest progress on behalf of the China CORD Industry Alliance and gave an introduction on the deployment of China Unicom’s CORD-based telecom cloud research and development platform in Beijing and Zhengzhou. In his presentation, Wei touched on CORD’s ability to support edge cloud with a variety of access and business distributions, dove into how the latest CORD release fully supports microservice architectures, and analyzed the CORD, 3GPP SBA and ONAP relationship.

Liu Jiang, professor of BUPT, delivering a speech at the CORD Test Seminar.


Liu Zhong, of H3C, delivering a speech at the CORD Test Seminar.

Dr. Liu Jiang, a professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), later shared the research progress of CORD. He also introduced the CORD network virtualization program, jointly promoted by BUPT and renowned manufacturers. Next, Li Zhen, director of BII-SDNCTC, presented the goals of the CORD Certification Brigade and touched on plans to comprehensively promote CORD testing certification. The H3C team also introduced the practice of H3C E-CORD and the CiaB (CORD-in-a-box) project, including its platform architecture, deployment and node introduction.

Liu Dong, president and CEO of BII, delivering a speech at the CORD Test Seminar

Throughout the Test Seminar, representatives from various operators covered fundamental topics like CORD implementations, the interoperability of hardware and software, and the direction of future certification development. The CORD Certification brigade team plans to continue these organic events to foster true community collaboration that speeds up CORD testing and industry development.

To learn more about the brigade’s goals and how to get involved, visit + subscribe to the Certification Brigade mailing list and introduce yourself to the team!