CORD Build Events Wrap Up

As 2018 is underway and the ONF begins to craft its community events strategy, it’s a good time to reflect on two particularly important community events that we organized in 2017.

ONOS Build 2017 and CORD Build 2017 were our two largest community events to date, that each brought our ONOS and CORD community members together under one roof, respectively.

 

The goals we set ourselves for these events were the following:

 

  • Engage with and consolidate relationship with communities around the world
  • Deepen people’s existing knowledge of ONOS/CORD and introduce them to new projects and initiatives
  • Align teams to reinforce efforts across the community and avoid duplication of efforts
  • Connect local companies interested in hiring talented developers
  • Strengthen ties with universities and prepare students for the future
  • Make the conference a forcing function for the ONF to deliver and share a roadmap and vision

 

Both events turned out to be very successful, with great turnout, excellent participation from attendees and enthusiastic support from our sponsors. By and large, we feel we accomplished what we had set out to do and we were also heartened to see very positive and constructive feedback in the post-event surveys we ran shortly after. Last but not least, we garnered great ideas and suggestions on how we can make improvements for future Build events.

 

Event Highlights:

 

TST Panels:

 

The ONOS and CORD Technical Steering Teams both participated in panel discussion to answer questions from the audience, share their thoughts on their project roadmap and reflect on key challenges and opportunities in 2018.

 

SDN/NFV Tech Fairs:

 

Tech Fairs offered contributors a unique opportunity to showcase and demo bleeding edge technology and exciting new projects. Specially equipped booths were provided to participating organisations.

 

Brigade Showcases:

 

Team members from dozens of Brigades presented their work and roadmaps, testimony to the success of the Brigade experiment we embarked on last year.

 

Tutorials and Hands-on Sessions:

 

The “ONOS Basics” sessions at ONOS Build and the “Trellis Track” proved to be particularly popular with attendees, offering unique hands-on tutorials and a deep dives “under the hood”.

 

Excellent content was produced in the run-up and during both events. We tried to capture as much content as we could on video and make available all the slides used by our speakers. You can find them here:

 

ONOS Build 2017 YouTube Playlist

 

ONOS Build 2017 Speaker Slides

 

ONOS Build 2017 Photos

 

CORD Build 2017 YouTube Playlist (coming soon…)

 

CORD Build 2017 Speaker Slides

 

CORD Build 2017 Photos

 

Finally, we’d like to thank everyone once again who attended and participated and a special thanks to our many sponsors, most notable Samsung and QCT for being such excellent hosts in Seoul and San José. Thank you!

 

M-CORD Open Reference Solution Paves the Way for 5G Innovation

CORD Project to demonstrate open source end-to-end slicing from RAN to EPC at Mobile World Congress

 

MENLO PARK, Calif. Feb. 26, 2017 CORD Project, the community advancing the CORD® platform for SDN, NFV and elastic cloud-based service delivery, today announces the networking industry’s first end-to-end open reference solution for mobile CORD (M-CORD) that provides the capabilities needed to unlock 5G innovation across the open networking ecosystem.

Now ready for lab explorations, M-CORD, the open reference solution for service-driven 5G architecture, includes the release of end-to-end open source slicing from programmable Radio Access Network (RAN) to disaggregated and virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and M-CORD Mini. These open source building blocks will facilitate the transition from the traditional Central Office to a virtualized data center. M-CORD was designed and developed through open source collaboration at Linux Foundation by CORD members AT&T, China Unicom, Google, Intel, Radisys, SK Telecom and Verizon, as well as collaborators Argela, Cavium, Cobham, Lime Microsystems, Quortus, Sprint, Viavi Solutions and Xpose.

“M-CORD demonstrates how virtualization, slicing and mobile edge computing can enable solutions built out of many disaggregated components,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of Open Networking Foundation, which is merging with ON.Lab. “The mobile CORD open reference solution for 5G is an excellent proof point for how the new ONF Open Innovation Pipeline will lead to innovative new use cases, agile service delivery and ultimately a new value chain.”

Advanced Open Source LTE RAN and vEPC Reference Software

The completely pre-integrated reference software is built on the CORD platform with M-CORD distributions, including open source RAN, EPC and CORE components.

Radisys is open sourcing the industry-validated and globally tested LTE RAN software to enable service providers to adopt the M-CORD architecture. In November 2016, Radisys open sourced their modular EPC, a foundation for many products. Combining these two open source building blocks, M-CORD allows vendors to plug in the pipeline at their choosing and easily create customizable development services for a complete service provider-ready solution.

M-CORD Mini – A Package for Easy Replication and Experimentation

CORD is also fast-tracking 5G innovation through its new offering of M-CORD Mini for affordable and rapid CORD demos for performance and scale testing in a lab or field environment with minimal hardware. Running on Open Compute Project (OCP) based platforms, the M-CORD Mini will host open source mobile infrastructure services of RAN and CORE as well as open source management and a control software stack comprising ONOS, OpenStack, and XOS. The turnkey hardware infrastructure includes a Rack (4u), OCP compliant compute servers, 40G white box switch, and pre-validated Radio Resource Unit (RRU).

“M-CORD Mini allows service providers to essentially kick the M-CORD tires before they are ready to invest to scale for tens of thousands of users with the M-CORD platform,” said Aseem Parikh, Vice President of Solutions and Partnerships at ON.Lab/ONF. “Using the M-CORD Mini, development teams can design new 5G services, explore new delivery approaches and operational integrations in the lab with no hardware assembly or software integration required, lowering the barrier to entry to commercial M-CORD deployments.”

M-CORD Demos at Mobile World Congress:

The open reference M-CORD solution will be demonstrated onsite Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb. 27-March 2, 2017 at the following locations:

  • To learn more about M-CORD, visit Booth 5I61 in Hall 5, where ON.Lab/ONF, Radisys and other CORD contributors will demonstrate the following M-CORD demos:
    • The ON.Lab/ONF and its contributors like Argela, Cavium, Radisys, Quortus, Viavi, Xpose and others will demonstrate innovations in infrastructure and mobile services that include end-to-end slicing, Safety-as-a-Service, and analytics-as-a-service.
    • Radisys and partners will show the newest integration of M-CORD innovations run on two distinct turnkey platforms: an entry level 6U M-CORD Mini platform and a carrier grade 16U M-CORD platform, based on Radisys’ DCEngine, an OCP-ACCEPTED™ CG-OpenRack-19, ready for lab and field trials.
  • Argela will show a truly portable M-CORD end-to-end RAN slicing on Cavium hardware, as well as core network slicing with co-existing virtualized Radisys open source EPC and virtualized Quortus EPC. Argela will also demonstrate programmable LTE-WiFi link aggregation and network analytics on the portable M-CORD in Hall 1 Booth 1C20.
  • Cavium will also show a complete M-CORD demonstrating with OCTEON Fusion-M RRH units and ThunderX ARM-based COTS servers in Hall 2 Booth 2M33.

Support for M-CORD:

AT&T: “The CORD architecture combines cloud, NFV and SDN to create a near real-time network cloud for agile delivery of new and innovative services that our customers have come to expect from AT&T,” said Tom Anschutz, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T. “M-CORD takes technologies and approaches from the R-CORD system we tested in the field last year and applies them to wireless access. We are looking forward to M-CORD meeting existing and emerging mobile carrier needs, developed by an open community ecosystem that supports innovation and re-imagining how we build wireless services to meet our customers’ increasing performance and bandwidth demands.”

Cavium: “Cavium has participated in the M-CORD project in order to investigate and implement key elements of a 5G virtualized network infrastructure,” said Raj Singh, vice president and general manager of Cavium’s Networking and Communications Group. “The M-CORD focus on a fully dis-aggregated Radio Access Network (RAN) running on commercially-available hardware platforms is fully in line with Cavium’s vision of deploying workload-optimized ThunderX ARM servers to run complete end-to-end virtualized networks. Our contribution, in combination with ONOS and the broader ONF community, will allow network operators to utilize the M-CORD environment to start real life trials with a path to commercial deployment.”

China Unicom: “M-CORD provides an incredible opportunity to transform the mobile network of today to rapidly create new services that are easy to control and maintain through automated service provisioning,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom. “The open reference M-CORD solution and collaboration among the China CORD Industry Alliance will enable us to focus on CORD field trials and prepare for commercial deployments in the coming year.”

Google: “The M-CORD community is developing an open reference solution to provide the agility and programmability needed for 5G exploration,” said Urs Hölzle, ONF Chairman/President. “We believe that collaborating on an open source solution for SDN and NFV is the best way to enable end-to-end solutions for the 5G transition.”

Radisys: “We are excited to feature the first turnkey live M-CORD system as an open reference 5G solution in our joint booth with ON.Lab/ONF at Mobile World Congress 2017,” said Joseph Sulistyo, ‎senior director of open networking solutions, Radisys Corporation. “M-CORD brings together new innovations in RAN and CORE technology with smart mobile edge services. Radisys has contributed its open source RAN and EPC software, its DCEngine platform based on OCP’s CG-OpenRack-19 specification, and its Professional Services integration experts to deliver M-CORD as a deployment-ready, scalable solution.”

SK Telecom: “With a focus on strengthening R&D and open collaboration with the CORD Project community, SK Telecom is dedicated to advancing next-generation network ecosystems with the M-CORD end-to-end open reference solution,” said Alex Choi, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate R&D Center at SK Telecom. “At SK Telecom, M-CORD is helping us develop 5G technical specifications and innovate new use cases into standards that can be commercially deployed across the globe.”

Verizon: “Open source is one of the emerging forces of transformation in the networking industry and projects like the open reference M-CORD solution hold the potential to deliver the value that edge-based services bring to the network,” said Srini Kalapala, Vice President, Global Technology and Supplier Strategy at Verizon. “Innovative architectures, platform flexibility and new applications are some of the benefits enabled by the open source CORD framework.”

The diverse CORD community comprises service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, leading vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, and more than 30 collaborating organizations.

Whether an individual or an organization, all are encouraged to get involved with the growing open source CORD community. CORD Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

Additional Resources

About CORD Project
CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

About ON.Lab
Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) has created the leading open source platforms CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) and ONOS® (Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for service providers. Founded by SDN’s inventors and leaders to foster an open source community to realize the full potential of SDN, ON.Lab brings innovative ideas from leading edge research and delivers high-quality open source platforms on which members of its ecosystem can build solutions. For further information, visit http://onlab.us/.

About ONF

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the recognized leader and standard bearer for SDN.  Launched in 2011, the ONF has successfully taken Software Defined Networking (SDN) from obscurity to the universally accepted vision for next generation networking.

The ONF is led by a board including representation from leading operators including AT&T, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom and Verizon. The merger of ONF and ON.Lab is expected to be complete in late 2017. For further information visit http://www.opennetworking.org/.

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CORD Project and xRAN Consortium Align to Build Carrier Grade Software for Next Generation Radio Access Network (RAN)

xRAN and M-CORD partnership show immediate value of ONF’s new software defined standards approach

MENLO PARK, Calif. Feb. 23, 2017CORD® Project, an open source project reinventing network access to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to service providers’ central offices, today announces an agreement to partner with xRAN Foundation, to collaborate, standardize and promote a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN) architecture. The partnership will create a carrier grade open reference implementation of xRAN spec within M-CORD for next generation RAN.

Current RAN architectures are built using largely proprietary, closed systems. In addition, the emergence of 5G requirements, including very low latency, high throughput, availability and connection density, present technical challenges that call for faster innovation and operator flexibility to meet increasing customer demands and future operational and efficiency requirements.

To address these challenges and transform the RAN architecture, CORD Project and xRAN are bringing together two ecosystems of leading service providers, vendors, innovators and open source communities. Going forward, the xRAN consortium will focus on software-defined standards for the architecture and interface definitions for next-generation RAN. The CORD Project community will focus on implementation of xRAN standard APIs, a RAN controller built on ONOS®, (Open Network Operating System) and example RAN control applications for the M-CORD platform leveraging a variety of open and closed hardware options from multiple vendors.

As part of this partnership, ON.Lab is pleased to announce appointment of Dr. Sachin Katti, Professor of EE and CS at Stanford University, as the Chief Scientist for Mobility. He will guide the xRAN integration with M-CORD.

“Over the last year, there has been strong interest among mobile network operators to bring M-CORD software infrastructure and xRAN standardized interfaces together. Integration of the xRAN controller into the M-CORD platform, together with xRAN standardized interfaces will deliver a carrier-grade, programmable mobile network connectivity layer,” said Dr. Sachin Katti, Professor at Stanford University. “It’s time to bring the benefits of SDN to the RAN and the combination of xRAN and M-CORD is an exciting step in that direction.”

This collaborative partnership will lead to a symbiotic relationship between standards or API specs, and reference implementation, creating a virtuous cycle whereby specs help improve the reference implementation, and experience with the reference implementation will lead to revised and improved specs. Active and deeper engagement from the open networking ecosystem will produce software-defined standards and a reference implementation that will accelerate adoption of software defined RANs.

“Implementation of xRAN standards within M-CORD will make it more relevant as an open reference implementation for the industry and in return we will be able to revise the xRAN spec based on actual implementation experience on multi-vendor devices,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of ONF, ON.Lab and Stanford Platform Lab. “This will be an excellent example of doing Software Defined Standards and open reference implementations together, the innovative approach the newly merged ONF/ON.Lab organizations are pursuing.”

xRAN and CORD Project are receiving strong carrier support for this alignment, and the existing xRAN prototype is building momentum among vendors:

AT&T: “AT&T has been a founding member and active supporter of both xRAN and CORD, and the time is right for xRAN and M-CORD to come together in this strategic partnership” said Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer. “The xRAN and M-CORD partnership will allow us to build mobile access networks with the ability to customize and optimize the RAN, and to more quickly create new services to meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

SK Telecom: “Bringing xRAN and M-CORD together will help us automate provisioning and grow our RAN capacity while significantly reducing capex and opex,” said Alex Choi, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate R&D Center at SK Telecom.”

Since its founding xRAN Consortium has developed standardized RAN control interfaces, adopted by carriers globally. xRAN interfaces allow carrier applications to programmatically control multi-vendor RAN infrastructure. xRAN Consortium comprises top-tier operators and radio access network equipment vendors with a common goal of developing a modular architecture for the cellular radio access network. In addition to the industry leading mobile carriers AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom, xRAN.org includes technology suppliers and research leaders including, Intel, Texas Instruments, Aricent, Radisys and Stanford University.

Built on the base CORD platform, M-CORD is an open reference implementation for mobile wireless access. The open source CORD community is exploring and demonstrating disaggregated and virtualized RAN and Evolved Packet Core (EPC), as well as mobile edge computing to enable 5G capabilities. CORD and M-CORD serve as foundational platforms for ONF’s open end-to-end innovation pipeline. The diverse CORD community comprises service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, leading vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, and more than 30 collaborating organizations.

Whether an individual or an organization, all are encouraged to get involved with the growing open source CORD community. CORD Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

Additional Resources

About CORD Project
CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

About xRAN Foundation

The xRAN Foundation was formed to develop, standardize and promote an open alternative to the traditionally closed, hardware-based RAN architecture. xRAN fundamentally advances RAN architecture in three areas – decouples the RAN control plane from the user plane, builds a modular eNB software stack that operates on common-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and publishes open north- and south-bound interfaces to the industry. For more information about xRAN.org membership go to xran.org or email info@xran.org.

About ONF

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the recognized leader and standard bearer for SDN.  Launched in 2011, the ONF has successfully taken Software Defined Networking (SDN) from obscurity to the universally accepted vision for next generation networking.

The ONF is led by a board including representation from leading operators including AT&T, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom and Verizon. The merger of ONF and ON.Lab is expected to be complete in late 2017. For further information visit http://www.opennetworking.org/.

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The Mobile Network: M-CORD adds virtual EPC from Radisys to Open Source architecture

Radisys to contribute virtualised EPC to M-CORD Open Source reference platform.M-CORD – the ONOS project that seeks to define a white-box, distributed, edge-based mobile network architecture – has announced the impending availability of an Open Source disaggregated and virtualised Evolved Packet Core (EPC) after Radisys contributed its EPC framework to the project.

M-CORD – the ONOS project that seeks to define a white-box, distributed, edge-based mobile network architecture – has announced the impending availability of an Open Source disaggregated and virtualised Evolved Packet Core (EPC) after Radisys contributed its EPC framework to the project.

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Click here to read the full story by Keith Dyer in The Mobile Network.

 

SDxCentral: Radisys Propels 5G, Contributes Virtual EPC to Open Source Group

Radisys contributed its evolved packet core (EPC) framework to the open source CORD project to create a virtual EPC (vEPC).

Radisys, which is a systems integrator in the service provider space, contributed its EPC specifically for the Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (M-CORD), which is one part of the bigger CORD projects. M-CORD aims to pave the way for 5G through disaggregated vEPC, a programmable radio access network (RAN), mobile edge computing, and mobile network slicing.

“Most solutions up until now were tightly integrated with proprietary systems,” says Joseph Sulistyo, the senior director of open source networking at Radisys.

The company is known for its EPC through its Trillium product line.

Radisys’ contribution to M-CORD will allow the community to explore and demonstrate innovative architectures that can take advantage of the modularity of the EPC.

Click here to read the full story by Linda Hardesty in SDxCentral.

M-CORD Building Open Platform for 5G Enablement

Radisys contributes open source EPC to M-CORD, innovation to accelerate global 5G deployments

MENLO PARK, Calif. Nov. 10, 2016 – CORD Project, the community advancing the leading open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to redefine network access, today announces availability of the first open sourced disaggregated and virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC). Radisys, a system integrator in the service provider space and a CORD partner, contributed its EPC framework, a foundation for many EPC products, to M-CORD.

Global mobile data traffic is widely predicted to continue to increase exponentially until 2020. This proliferation of connected users and devices challenges service providers to transform their mobile networks into agile platforms for service delivery, with significantly reduced Capex and Opex paradigms, based on white boxes, open source and efficient and flexible use of the precious wireless spectrum. Service providers and the larger ecosystem are defining 5G to address these challenges.

M-CORD helps to pave the way for service-driven 5G architecture through capabilities such as programmable Radio Access Network (RAN), disaggregated and virtualized EPC, mobile edge computing, and end-to-end slicing from RAN to EPC. CORD and its partners are developing the open M-CORD platform to deliver the capabilities that will enable 5G. M-CORD is built on CORD as the base platform that delivers economies of scale and cloud agility to the central office by integrating open networking technologies, merchant silicon and commodity white boxes to enable rapid creation of new mobile edge services.

CORD partner Radisys has been advancing M-CORD to enable an open and flexible reference architecture that will further transform the mobile network from a transport network into a service delivery platform, allowing operators to achieve considerable opportunities for edge service.

“Until now, closed technologies have impeded the innovation needed for 5G,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab. “Today, with Radisys’ transformative open source EPC contribution, M-CORD is on its way to becoming a completely end-to-end open source platform that will deliver the fundamental value of 5G with economies of scale required in the mobile network and accelerate delivery of new services.”

“The open source driven model is a fundamental element for the 5G roadmap as it enables extraordinary agility for identifying and responding to subscribers’ needs far more quickly than traditional mobility standards,” said Joseph Sulistyo, ‎senior director of open networking solutions and strategy, Radisys Corporation. “The integration of open source EPC enhances the M-CORD platform to provide boundless core service flexibility and brings us a step closer to unlocking the promise of 5G. Radisys has been a sustained contributor and prominent integrator of M-CORD since the first demonstration at Open Networking Summit (ONS) 2016, and we are thrilled with our continued collaboration with ON.Lab and partners and the extended community to embrace open source and enrich SDN and NFV in M-CORD for optimizing 5G infrastructure.”

Radisys’ EPC has served as a foundation for many EPC solutions currently in use in production networks of service providers around the globe. Designed to be modular for ease-of-use, Radisys’ open source EPC contribution to M-CORD will allow the community to explore and demonstrate innovative architectures that can take advantage of the modularity of EPC. For example, M-CORD is using EPC building blocks to demonstrate virtualization, slicing and mobile edge computing.

Supporting Commentary for M-CORD:

AT&T

“We are very pleased with M-CORD progress towards creating an open platform for LTE and 5G built with merchant silicon, white boxes and open source,” said Andre Fuetsch, CTO and President of AT&T Labs. “As we move towards an increasingly open sourced mobile core, we can innovate LTE and 5G solutions faster and create services such as IoT, safety, mobile health and others with improved QoE and agility.”

Google

“We are excited to see the community come together and embrace an open platform for innovation with M-CORD,” said Ankur Jain, Principal Engineer, Google. “This provides a framework on which the community can experiment with building next generation networks that are easier to manage, and where the network layer exchanges information with the application layer, thereby bringing efficiency to both.”

SK Telecom

“The growing momentum for the M-CORD initiative is exciting,” said Alex Choi, CTO and EVP of SK Telecom. “The open CORD community is developing M-CORD to deliver the key components needed for 5G deployment. SKT has contributed to M-CORD, collaborating with the community on multiple POCs and the first major distribution. We look forward to our continued participation and to using the open reference implementation of CORD for experimentation and trials soon.”

Verizon

“Verizon recognizes M-CORD as an important open platform to help enable future innovative mobile services,” said Srini Kalapala, Vice President of Technology and Supplier Strategy at Verizon. “We continue to contribute to M-CORD while working with the larger ecosystem to realize M-CORD’s full potential toward accelerating next generation networks.”

The diverse CORD community comprises service provider partners AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, leading vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, and more than 30 collaborating organizations.

Whether an individual or an organization, all are encouraged to get involved with the growing open source CORD community. CORD Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

Additional Resources

About CORD Project

CORD™ (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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Android Headlines: Verizon & SK Telecom Deepen 5G Development Agreement

Originally posted to Android Headlines
August 15, 2016 – Written By David Steele

South Korean cellular carrier, SK Telecom, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, with America’s largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, in order to further wireless technologies. The Memorandum covers a number of current and next generation networking standards including LTE, the Internet of Things (IoT), networking virtualisation and working towards the standardisation of 5G networking. The two carriers have already been working together on a number of technical projects and earlier in the year formed a global initiative called the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance. In the words of SK Telecom’s Chief Technical Officer, Alex Jinsung Choi, “This MOU will further strengthen and deepen our collaboration with Verizon.”

Other projects included in the Memorandum include the Open Compute Project (OCP) and Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (M-CORD). The Open Compute Project is the ethos behind building the most efficient server design for a scaleable computing system, which lends itself well to cloud computing. M-CORD is a project around reorganising CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, which is a way for a business to replace rooms full of servers with a cloud connection) with mobile networking technologies. The technologies that SK Telecom and Verizon Wireless will be cooperating on are interlinked, as many Internet of Things designs are likely to be at least partially reliant on cloud computing, which itself can be built to be more efficient using OCP, M-CORD and networking virtualisation schemes.

Verizon Wireless and American telecommunications regulator, the FCC, have already been discussing the 5G technologies. The FCC is improving how quickly new network technologies can be put into place to hopefully accelerate the deployment of 5G networking. Verizonhas been working with Asian telecom operators since 2015, where in South Korea the carriers wish establish a 5G network ready for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Japanese carrier, NTT DoCoMo, has plans to launch a 5G network in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Verizon’s networking expertise with both help its partners and of course it’s own continental American 5G network when it is ready to deploy. America’s largest carrier is already planning to have the first 5G fixed mobile service launched in North America and has ambitious plans to be staging a trial service next year.