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The Linux Kernel Mentorship program was a life changing experience

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 22:55

By Bharath Vedartham

Operating systems, computer architectures and compilers have always fascinated me. I like to go in depth to understand the important software components we depend on! My life changed when engineers from IBM LTC (Linux Technology Center) came to my college to teach us the Linux Kernel internals. When I heard about the Linux Kernel Mentorship program, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of it to further fuel my passion for Linux.

One of the project in the lists of projects available to work during the Linux Kernel Mentorship program was on “Predictive Memory Reclamation”. I really wanted the opportunity to work on the core kernel, and I began working with my mentor Khalid Aziz immediately during the application period where he gave me a task regarding the identification of anonymous memory regions for a process. I learned a lot in the application period by reading various blogs, textbooks and commit logs.

During my mentorship period, I worked to develop a predictive memory reclamation algorithm in the Linux Kernel. The aim of the project was to reduce the amount of time the Linux kernel spends in reclaiming memory to satisfy processes requests for memory when there is memory pressure, i.e not enough to satisfy the memory allocation of a process. We implemented a predictive algorithm that can forecast memory pressure and proactively reclaim memory to ensure there is enough available for processes.

We achieved a reduction of upto 8% in the amount of time the kernel spends in reclaiming memory! We submitted RFCs on the kernel mailing lists of our work. [1]

I also worked with John Hubbard on his project to track get_user_pages(). I converted a couple of drivers to use the new get_user_pages API as proposed by John. John was a real pleasure to work with!

Throughout my internship, I have learned that the kernel community is very helpful, kind and willing to help new developers. The key was to take the feedback and put in the required effort and work as well as accept constructive feedback and act on it. Working on open source projects was a very liberating experience for me. There are no barriers in open source space. Anyone can work on open source code irrespective of their nationality, creed or company affiliations, which I find very beautiful and liberating. I believe it is a very intellectually stimulating experience for anyone.

I would like to thank my mentor Khalid Aziz and the Linux Kernel community for helping me throughout the mentorship program. I also would like to thank the Linux Foundation for providing this opportunity and especially Shuah Khan for her guidance on how to work with the community.

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Amazon Web Services, Genesys, Salesforce Form New Open Data Model

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 21:00

To accelerate digital transformation, organizations in every industry are modernizing their on-premises technologies by adopting cloud-native applications. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), global spend on cloud computing will grow from $147 billion in 2019 to $418 billion by 2024. Almost half of that investment will be tied to technologies that help companies deliver personalized customer experiences.

One major challenge of this shift to cloud computing is that applications are typically created with their own data models, forcing developers to build, test, and manage custom code that’s necessary to map and translate data across different systems. The process is inefficient, delays innovation, and ultimately can result in a broken customer experience.

Announcing the Cloud Information Model

It is in the spirit of removing these barriers to innovation that Amazon Web Services, Genesys, and Salesforce have come together with the Linux Foundation’s Joint Development Foundation (JDF) to form the Cloud Information Model (CIM), an open-source data model that standardizes data interoperability across cloud applications. By easily integrating data in the cloud, developers can build new products that deliver connected and personalized customer experiences.

“Bringing the Cloud Information Model under JDF will offer a neutral home for the open-source community,” Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation. “This allows for anyone across the community to collaborate and provide contributions under a central governance model. It paves the way for full community-wide engagement in data interoperability efforts and standards development, while rapidly increasing adoption rate of the community.”

How the Cloud Information Model Works

The CIM reduces the complexities of integrating data across cloud applications by providing standardized data interoperability guidelines to connect point-of-sale systems, digital marketing platforms, contact centers, CRM systems and more. Developers no longer need to spend months creating custom code. Instead, they can adopt and extend the CIM within days so that they can create data lakes, generate analytics, train machine learning models, build a single view of the customer and more.

CIM Compatible Applications

The founding members already offer products and technologies for companies to use with the CIM.  AWS Lake Formation helps customers move, store, catalog and clean data from different sources to quickly set up a secure data lake. Amazon Redshift powers mission critical data warehouses for business intelligence, predictive analytics and real-time streaming analytics. Customers can leverage the JSON or SQL scripts to create CIM-compatible schemas for their AWS data lakes and data warehouses.

Salesforce’s Customer 360 is a set of platform services powered by CIM. Customer 360 provides customers with a single source of truth by providing instant access to consistent, reconciled customer data across Salesforce apps. MuleSoft, the provider of the leading integration and API platform, now natively supports CIM to enable the discovery of CIM data types, allowing users to easily create CIM-compatible APIs and integrations. CIM is available today in MuleSoft’s Anypoint Exchange.

Using Genesys Cloud and Genesys AI, businesses can seamlessly interact with their customers across all channels, including voice, chat, email, text and social. By combining engagement data from Genesys with data from CIM-compatible sources, businesses gain an even more complete perspective of their customers and employees in real-time, resulting in deeper levels of personalization.

How to Contribute to CIM

Anyone is invited to contribute to the CIM–including developers, technology vendors and brands. To learn more and get started, visit www.cloudinformationmodel.org. If you would like information on joining the project, please reach out to membership@cloudinformationmodel.org.

 

 

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Linux Foundation Training Announces a Free Online Course-Exploring GraphQL: A Query Language for APIs

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 20:53

SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new, free, course – Exploring GraphQL: A Query Language for APIs. This course is offered through edX, the trusted platform for learning.

GraphQL is revolutionizing the way developers are building APIs for web, mobile and even databases. But what exactly is GraphQL? GraphQL is an open source data query and manipulation language for APIs, and a runtime for fulfilling queries with existing data.

This course explains what GraphQL is and why it is getting so much attention from software engineers. It covers the advantages over REST, what types of software architectures to use it with, and why it benefits both frontend and backend developers. The student practices GraphQL queries in an interactive playground, and learns advanced topics such as how to implement a GraphQL server on the backend, how to use a GraphQL server with a client, and how to keep the GraphQL server secure. The course content was originally created by Prisma, and updated and maintained by Novvum.

“Since open sourcing GraphQL, I have been blown away by the growth of the technology and community. I’m excited to see the introduction of more educational material which I hope will help our community continue to grow and reach developers world-wide.” – Lee Byron, Executive Director, GraphQL Foundation, and GraphQL Co-Creator

This course will help programmers gain the skills needed to use GraphQL for a small project or professionally in production. They will feel comfortable getting started with the right tools for their use case.

For the nontechnical person, this course will help them improve communication with developers and to participate in conversations about GraphQL. They will understand when and why to use GraphQL for a project.

Exploring GraphQL: A Query Language for APIs is available at no cost, with content access for up to 7 weeks. Learners may upgrade to the verified track for $99, which includes all graded assessments, unlimited access to the course content and the ability to earn a Verified Certificate upon passing the course.

About The Linux Foundation

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New Linux Foundation Effort to Focus on Data Confidence Fabrics to Scale Digital Transformation Initiatives

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 00:00

In partnership with leading industry players, Linux Foundation to create Project Alvarium to facilitate intrinsic trust in data and applications spanning heterogeneous systems of systems 

BARCELONA, Spain IOT Solutions World Congress Oct. 28, 2019The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development among sustainable open source ecosystems, today announced the intent to form Project Alvarium. Project Alvarium will focus on building the concept of a Data Confidence Fabric (DCF) to facilitate measurable trust and confidence in data and applications spanning heterogeneous systems. The project will be seeded by code from Dell Technologies, with support from industry leaders including Arm, IBM, IOTA Foundation, MobiledgeX, OSIsoft, Unisys, and more. 

A DCF, or “trust fabric”, is a framework comprised of a variety of technologies that help insert trust into the data path, in turn facilitating the orchestration of trusted AI models and the delivery of data from devices to applications with measurable confidence. This is critical to scaling digital transformation initiatives that today often devolve into a debate of security, privacy and data ownership.

Project Alvarium will foster a community to collaborate on the baseline open source framework and related APIs that bind together the various ingredients that constitute trust fabrics, as well as to define the algorithms that drive confidence scores as data flows through any given implementation. The project will also seek to collaborate with other important industry efforts as the goal is to unify trust insertion capabilities, not reinvent them.

“We look forward to helping build a collaborative community to focus on creating and unifying trust insertion technologies,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “As edge computing becomes more pervasive, a comprehensive open source framework that delivers measurable confidence across industries and across stacks is imperative. We welcome Project Alvarium to the Linux Foundation family of projects.”

The project will be seeded in the coming quarter with work from Dell Technologies which also seeded the EdgeX Foundry project in April 2017. Now part of the LF Edge Umbrella, EdgeX is adopted globally for device- to- application interoperability at the IoT Edge, recently hitting one million total microservice downloads with half of those over the prior two months. The EdgeX framework is a default component within the DCF seed for open data ingestion, but as with any other ingredients, it can be replaced with a preferred alternative.

More details on Project Alvarium, including a video outlining how trust fabrics will transform business models across industries, are available at https://alvarium.org.

For a live demo of the DCF visit the LF Edge space (Stand #151) at IoT Solutions World Congress October 29 – 31.

Industry Support for Project Alvarium

“Digital transformation and a world of a trillion connected devices will only be possible if we can
trust the data being generated and shared by these devices”, said Andy Rose, chief system
architect and fellow at Arm. “Project Alvarium will enable further collaboration on secure product
design, leading to a more secure Internet of Things. The Platform Security Architecture (PSA)
provides a secure framework, and PSA Certified devices will serve as a best-in-class Root of
Trust foundation for the Data Confidence Fabrics.”

“Trust fabrics will be a key enabler for scaling digital transformation across inherently heterogeneous systems,” said Jason Shepherd, Global CTO, Edge and  IoT, Dell Technologies. “There is not an industry on the planet that this effort won’t impact in terms of delivering data with measurable confidence, facilitating trusted workload consolidation and also helping organizations scale meeting compliance requirements such as GDPR. We look forward to collaborating with the community on this important topic.” 

“As enterprises move into the next chapter of cloud, data is at the core of their business and keeping that data secure and ensuring the privacy of the users is key to success,” said David Boloker, Distinguished Engineer and Director, Business Development for IBM Edge Computing. “IBM is collaborating on Project Alvarium to support this important industry effort to build an open-source foundation for system wide trust from edge devices to cloud applications.”

“Data is the seed from which information, knowledge and wisdom sprouts and blossoms.Every connected device, app, machine, and human will utilize meaningful data in one way or another for decision making. As such, confidence in data is paramount.” said David Sønstebø, co-founder of IOTA Foundation. “The development of Data Confidence Fabrics through collaboration in Project Alvarium will power a new era of trust and transparency in data, which is at the core of what IOTA is designed for.”

“At MobiledgeX we are working with more than a dozen mobile operators worldwide to safely open their trusted networks for edge computing spanning Augmented Reality for gaming to industrial use cases,” said Sunay Tripathi, CTO of MobiledgeX. “With many of our deployments today, our operators and application owners are increasingly focused on the issue of privacy, especially with respect to our Edge-Cloud capability that enables companies to use best of breed applications while ensuring sensitive data stays in-country or on-premise. We see project Alvarium as a key piece to further the trust and privacy based edge ecosystem.”

“Data Confidence is central to large sensor-laden compute systems like those found in Industrial IoT digital transformation projects.  Both the Object Management Group (with its forthcoming SENSR standard) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (with over 25 large industrial IoT testbeds around the world) welcome the forthcoming Alvarium project as necessary for these critical infrastructures.” said Richard Mark Soley, PhD., Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group and Executive Director of OMG’s Industrial Internet Consortium. “With a long working relationship with important Linux Foundation projects, OMG and IIC are delighted to see this new project.”  

“For almost 40 years, OSIsoft has been helping the process industries manage and get value from their critical operations data. This data has traditionally come from sensors in the control and monitoring systems that keep critical operations running. Cost-effective sensing and integration represented by Industrial IoT introduces data from a “second network” that can meaningfully inform critical operations while not necessarily being part of direct process control. It is crucial for this data to be trusted if it is going to play an impactful role on the behavior of critical processes and operations,” said Richard Beeson, Chief Technology Officer of OSIsoft. “This is exactly where Project Alvarium can make a significant impact – by providing trust and confidence in Industrial IoT data so it can be relied upon or treated with an appropriate level of credibility when utilized in the decision, planning and actuation of critical operations and control systems.”

“Our consortium was founded two years ago to enable open-sourced development of trusted architectures for IoT, so working with Dell Technologies and their seed code for enabling Data Confidence Fabrics in the industry is an important organic part of our evolution,” said Anoop Nannra, Chairman of the Trusted IoT Alliance. “The Alliance is thrilled to be a part of the Project Alvarium initiative and our membership is excited to get involved in the ground-breaking technical work that lies ahead.”

“We are very pleased to be announcing the creation of the Digital Bill of Materials (DBoM) Consortium in partnership with Dell and leveraging Project Alvarium as an ingredient for scaling trust in the supply chain,” said Chris Blask, global director of IoT for Unisys. “Enterprises, vendors and consumers require trust in the sources of the software and hardware in their devices and infrastructure. The DBoM Consortium will establish an open structure for high-confidence and fine-grained visibility into each step a product experiences in the global supply chain.”

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Confidential Computing Consortium Establishes Formation with Founding Members and Open Governance Structure – Member Comments

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 21:00

Confidential Computing Consortium Establishes Formation with Founding Members and Open Governance Structure

Premiere Members

Alibaba
“Confidential computing provides new capabilities for cloud customers to reduce trusted computing base in cloud environments and protect their data during runtime. Alibaba launched Alibaba Encrypted Computing technology powered by Intel SGX in Sep 2017 and has provided commercial cloud servers with SGX capability to our customers since April 2018. We are very excited to join CCC and work with the community to build a better confidential computing ecosystem,” said Xiaoning Li, chief security architect, Alibaba Cloud.

Arm
“Arm’s vision for the next-generation infrastructure requires complete edge-to-cloud security for protecting and managing the data across a trillion connected devices,” said Richard Grisenthwaite, senior vice president, chief architect and fellow, Architecture and Technology Group, Arm. “Arm is already very involved in helping to develop the Confidential Compute Consortium’s charter, and we see our participation and the new Open Enclave SDK as a critical collaboration with the rest of the industry in making TEE’s easy to deploy.”

Google
“To help users make the best choice for how to protect their workloads, they need to be met with a common language and understanding around confidential computing. As the open source community introduces new projects like Asylo and OpenEnclave SDK, and hardware vendors introduce new CPU features that change how we think about protecting programs, operating systems, and virtual machines, groups like the Confidential Computing Consortium will help companies and users understand its benefits and apply these new security capabilities to their needs,” said Royal Hansen, vice president, Security, Google.

Huawei
Huawei’s vision of end-to-end, trustworthy connectivity for the world includes securing the endpoints in an open and transparent manner. We see the establishment of the Confidential Computing Consortium as an important conduit and platform for collaboration around the ease of security deployment and use on IoT, IoV, Mobile, Consumer and Cloud Hardware”, said Peixin Hou, Chief Expert on Open System and Software, Huawei. “We look forward to leveraging our robust experience with secure environments, already deployed in billions of devices, for the benefit of the Confidential Computing Consortium and making contribution to confidential computing technology development on various hardware architectures and software platforms.”

Intel
“Software developed through this consortium is critical to accelerating confidential computing practices built with open source technology and Intel SGX,” said Anand Pashupathy, GM, Security System Software at Intel. “Combining the Intel SGX SDK with Microsoft’s Open Enclave SDK will help simplify secure enclave development and drive deployment across operating environments.”

Microsoft
“The Open Enclave SDK is already a popular tool for developers working on Trusted Execution Environments, one of the most promising areas for protecting data in use,” said Mark Russinovich, chief technical officer, Microsoft Azure. “We hope this contribution to the Consortium can put the tools in even more developers’ hands and accelerate the development and adoption of applications that will improve trust and security across cloud and edge computing.”

Red Hat
“Security is consistently top of mind for our customers, and, really, for all of us, as security incidents and data breaches make the headlines. While hardware support for security continues to advance, creating secure computing environments can still be challenging,” said Chris Wright, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat. “We are developing the Enarx project to help developers deploy applications into computing environments which support higher levels of security and confidentiality and intend to bring it to the Confidential Computing Consortium. We look forward to collaborating with the broader industry and the Confidential Computing Consortium to help make confidential computing the norm.”

General Members

Baidu
“The formation of Confidential Computing Consortium under Linux Foundation is an important step towards the future of technologies across cloud computing, blockchain and security. It will help to create the global technical standards of confidential computing and promote its business use at the enterprise level in different industries,” said Fei Song, head of product committee, AI Cloud, Baidu.

ByteDance
“At ByteDance, we take data security and privacy very seriously. Confidential Computing provides additional data security capabilities to allow new form of secure end-to-end computation paradigm in an ever-increasing hybrid and multi-cloud environment,” said Lifeng Sang, Head of Information Security at ByteDance. “We are very excited to be part of this community to promote the broader adoption of this technology. We look forward to collaborating with members in the Consortium to unlock the potential of confidential computing to protect sensitive data in real-world applications.”

Decentriq
“Today and in the future, the analysis of sensitive data from distributed sources will be paramount for increased organizational effectiveness. At decentriq, we believe the Confidential Computing Consortium helps to put down the foundations for a standardized and safe approach to establish trust between several parties. At decentriq we enable our customer to fully unlock the potential of multiparty analytics,” said Stefan Deml, Co-Founder, decentriq.

Fortanix
“We are pleased to join some of our most important long-standing partners in this consortium to advance the cause of data protection and data privacy,” said Ambuj Kumar, Founder and CEO of Fortanix. “After three years of implementing our Runtime Encryption technology in confidential computing applications including protecting sensitive cloud workloads, databases, and SaaS applications, we are looking forward to working with the consortium to contribute our expertise in the standardization of confidential computing and help move the industry forward.”

Kindite
“Kindite strongly supports the consortium formation and recognizes confidential computing as a cornerstone for a new cloud-era in which organizations will be able to store and process data externally while keeping it completely private. Our goal within the organization is to promote such capabilities while keeping application code, cloud functionality and scale intact. Confidential computing is a key component of Kindite’s vision. Our offering is based on a  unified data protection platform that is consistent throughout all environments, agnostic to every architecture component and covers all enterprise workloads within a hybrid, multi-cloud environment. We see the goal of de-coupling the data-layer from the cloud infrastructure as game-changing for cloud vendors and customers alike, setting the boundaries of the shared responsibility model once and for all. This accomplishment will finally allow enterprises to enhance their cloud presence while fully protecting sensitive information and will surely play an important role in public cloud growth for years to come.”

Oasis Labs
“Oasis Labs is building the platform for privacy-first applications. We are thrilled to be a founding member of the Confidential Computing Consortium and to build a community that pushes the boundaries of secure, private computation,” said Dawn Song, CEO and Founder of Oasis Labs.

Swisscom
“As the leading telecom and ICT provider in Switzerland, we adhere to the highest security standards. Something that is particularly important given the increasing relevance of security for our customers in the wake of new technologies such as 5G and critical IoT or cloud applications. It is a privilege that we, as a Swiss company, are able to join forces with internationally leading technology companies to launch the Confidential Computing Consortium and are thus helping to define standards, frameworks and tools for securing data in the cloud,” said Christoph Aeschlimann, CTO & CIO, Swisscom.

Tencent
“Confidential computing offers CPU-based hardware technology to protect cloud users’ data in use, which we believe will become a basic capability for cloud provider in future,” said Wei Li, vice president of Tencent Security, the head of Cloud Security.

VMware
A common, easy to use, comprehensive standard for confidential computing is a critical component of VMware’s end-to-end, on-by-default, secure-everywhere vision. It is a crucial ingredient for protecting user data at runtime, especially in settings where sensitive workloads may be required to run in a cloud or remote setting where more often than not physical control of the infrastructure is not a given. We are committed to driving forward a secure, safe, and confidential computing future.

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Confidential Computing Consortium Establishes Formation with Founding Members and Open Governance Structure

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 21:00

Industry’s biggest technology leaders advance computational trust and security for next-generation cloud and edge computing

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 17, 2019 – The Confidential Computing Consortium, a Linux Foundation project and community dedicated to defining and accelerating the adoption of confidential computing, today announced the formalization of its organization with founding premiere members Alibaba, Arm, Google Cloud, Huawei, Intel, Microsoft and Red Hat. General members include Baidu, ByteDance, decentriq, Fortanix, Kindite, Oasis Labs, Swisscom, Tencent and VMware.

The intent to form the Confidential Computing Consortium was announced at Open Source Summit in San Diego earlier this year. The organization aims to address data in use, enabling encrypted data to be processed in memory without exposing it to the rest of the system, reducing exposure to sensitive data and providing greater control and transparency for users. This is among the very first industry-wide initiatives to address data in use, as current security approaches largely focus on data at rest or data in transit. The focus of the Confidential Computing Consortium is especially important as companies move more of their workloads to span multiple environments, from on premises to public cloud and to the edge.

With the formalization of the group, the open governance structure is established and includes a Governing Board, a Technical Advisory Council and a separate oversight for each technical project. It is intended to host a variety of technical open source projects and open specifications to support confidential computing. The Consortium is funded by membership dues. For more information and to contribute to the project, please visit: https://confidentialcomputing.io

Contributions to the Confidential Computing Consortium already include:

  • Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) SDK, designed to help application developers protect select code and data from disclosure or modification at the hardware layer using protected enclaves in memory.
  • Open Enclave SDK, an open source framework that allows developers to build Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) applications using a single enclaving abstraction. Developers can build applications once that run across multiple TEE architectures.
  • Enarx, a project providing hardware independence for securing applications using TEEs.

The Consortium is a Bronze sponsor of Open Source Summit Europe and will be host three sessions, beginning with a session on how to approach security for data in use and a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session on Monday, October 28 and a panel about the state of the Consortium on Tuesday, October 29.

Member comments about the Consortium can be found in the accompanying quote sheet.

About the Confidential Computing Consortium

Established in 2019, the Confidential Computing Consortium brings together hardware vendors, cloud providers, developers, open source experts and academics to accelerate the confidential computing market; influence technical and regulatory standards; build open source tools that provide the right environment for TEE development’ and host industry outreach and education initiatives. Its aims to address computational trust and security for data in use, enabling encrypted data to be processed in memory without exposing it to the rest of the system, reducing exposure to sensitive data and providing greater control and transparency for users. For more information, please visit: https://confidentialcomputing.io

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Open FinTech Forum Brings Together Technologists and Business Executives to Accelerate Development in Finance Sector

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 21:00

Speakers and program announced for industry’s leading open source event for software and IT infrastructure in finance

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 16, 2019 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the speakers and program for Open FinTech Forum taking place December 9, 2019 at the Convene Conference Center in New York. To register, please visit: https://events19.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-fintech-forum-2019/register/

Open FinTech Forum is where financial services IT decision makers come to learn about the open technologies driving digital transformation – technologies like AI, blockchain and more – and how to best utilize an open source strategy and implementation to enable new products, services and capabilities; increase IT efficiencies; establish and strengthen internal license compliance programs; and attract top-level talent and train existing talent on the latest disruptive technologies.

“Open FinTech Forum brings the open source communities that support financial services together with CIOs, IT managers and developers working in the heart of finance,” said Angela Brown, General Manager of Events at The Linux Foundation. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the industry’s emerging and established open technologies fueling this space.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Partha Seetala, Chief Technology Officer, Robin.io
  • Camilla Sharpe, WW Multivendor Software Support Business Line Executive, IBM
  • Sid Sijbrandij, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, GitLab
  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

Session highlights:

  • A Pathway To Multi-Tenancy in Kubernetes – Paul Sitowitz, Software Engineering Manager, Capital One
  • Creating a Micro Open-Source Community with Kubernetes – Katie Gamanji, Cloud Platform Engineer, Condé Nast International
  • Architecting Enterprise Platforms for CI/CD, Cloud and SRE with AI and Analytics – Murali Kaundinya, Group CTO and Managing Director, Wells Fargo & Gopinath Janakiraman, Director, Merck
  • From Business Case to Blockchain in 30 Minutes – Shaul Kfir, Co-founder & CTO, Digital Asset
  • Here Be Dragons, Debunking Myths in Enterprise Open Source Engagement – Justin Rackliffe, Director, Open Source Governance, Fidelity Investments
  • “Opening” Wall Street: Challenging the Myths and Seizing the Opportunities of Open Source in Fintech – Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, FINOS (Fintech Open Source Foundation)
  • Quantum Aspects in Information Technology: An Update – Christopher H Lameter, R&D Team Lead, Jump Trading LLC
  • Securing Cloud Native in Investment Banks: From Threat Model to SOC – Andrew Martin, Co-founder, ControlPlane
  • The Future of Banking: Securing Digital Asset Custody Solutions – Diana Henderson, Offering Manager, IBM Z and LinuxONE, IBM

Gold sponsors of Open FinTech Forum include Cloud Native Computing Foundation, IBM, Robin.io and Sysdig. Silver sponsors include FOSSA, Hyperledger, StackRox, Synopsys, Tidelift and Weaveworks.

Financial Services IT decision-makers receive complimentary registration to the event. Linux Foundation members and LF project members receive a 20% discount on registration pricing. Email events@linuxfoundation.org for discount or comp access codes.

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The Delta Lake Project Turns to Linux Foundation to Become the Open Standard for Data Lakes

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:59

Increasing community engagement shows commitment to open source and encourages industry-wide innovation for data-driven initiatives

Amsterdam and San Francisco, October 16, 2019 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that it will host Delta Lake, a project focusing on improving the reliability, quality and performance of data lakes. Delta Lake, announced by Databricks earlier this year, has been adopted by thousands of organizations and has a thriving ecosystem of supporters, including Intel, Alibaba and Booz Allen Hamilton. To further drive adoption and contributions, Delta Lake will become a Linux Foundation project and use an open governance model.

Every organization aspires to get more value from data through data science, machine learning and analytics, but they are massively hindered by the lack of data reliability within data lakes. Delta Lake addresses data reliability challenges by making transactions ACID compliant enabling concurrent reads and writes. Its schema enforcement capability helps to ensure that the data lake is free of corrupt and not-conformant data. Since its launch in October 2017, Delta Lake has been adopted by over 4,000 organizations and processes over two exabytes of data each month.

“Bringing Delta Lake under the neutral home of the Linux Foundation will help the open source community dependent on the project develop the technology addressing how big data is stored and processed, both on-prem and in the cloud,” said Michael Dolan, VP of Strategic Programs at the Linux Foundation. “The Linux Foundation helps open source communities leverage an open governance model to enable broad industry contribution and consensus building, which will improve the state of the art for data storage and reliability.”

Databricks’ cofounders are the original creators of the open source Apache Spark project, the unified analytics engine that has become the defacto standard for large-scale data processing. Databricks’ CEO and cofounder Ali Ghodsi expressed excitement in going through this journey again with the Delta Lake project. “Our team has continued to create and contribute to open source projects because we know it is the fastest, most comprehensive way to innovate. To address organizations’ data challenges we want to ensure this project is open source in the truest form. Through the strength of the Linux Foundation community and contributions, we’re confident that Delta Lake will quickly become the standard for data storage in data lakes.”

Delta Lake will have an open governance model that encourages participation and technical contribution and will provide a framework for long-term stewardship by an ecosystem invested in Delta Lake’s success.

Although initially designed to work with Apache Spark, Delta Lake has developed a thriving community which is adding support for other open source data systems.

“As a major cloud provider, Alibaba has been a leader, contributor, consumer, and supporter for various open source initiatives, especially in the big data and AI area. We have been working with Databricks on a native Hive connector for Delta Lake on the open source front, and we are thrilled to see the project joining the Linux Foundation. We will continue to foster and contribute to the open source community.”

– Yangqing Jia, VP of Big Data / AI at Alibaba 

“Intel and Databricks have a long history of working together to advance Apache Spark technology with innovative data analytics and AI solutions and to enable enterprise readiness. Databricks Delta Lake contribution to the Linux Foundation is an important open source storage technology that can help the ecosystem improve reliability for data lakes. We look forward to joining in the Delta Lake project and continuing our collaboration with Databricks and the Apache community.”

– Wei Li, Vice President, Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software and General Manager, Machine Learning Performance

“The Starburst team is excited about the development of Delta Lake and have already developed a native connector for Presto that is currently in beta testing. We believe this will enable companies creating or migrating their data lakes to the cloud the ability to finally realize the value that they were prom ised years ago and perform interactive SQL analytics on data lakes directly.”

– Justin Borgman, CEO, Starburst

“Booz Allen Hamilton is very excited about the potential of Delta Lake technology, especially its promise to provide an open, scalable data platform to enable a broad range of analytics – SQL analytics that powers reporting and dashboarding to data science and machine learning with R & Python. We are looking forward to making significant contributions to the Delta Lake project. We are starting with native integrations of Apache Nifi with Delta Lake.”

– Dan Tucker, VP at Booz Allen Hamilton

For more information please visit Delta.io or follow @DeltaLakeOSS on Twitter.

About The Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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CHIPS Alliance growth continues with new members and design workshop this November

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:00
Codasip and Munich University of Applied Science become members

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2019 — CHIPS Alliance, the leading consortium advancing common, open hardware for interfaces, processors and systems, today announced Codasip GmbH and Munich University of Applied Science have joined the CHIPS Alliance. In addition, on November 14–15, CHIPS Alliance will be joining the university for a workshop on open source design verification.

CHIPS Alliance is a project hosted by the Linux Foundation to foster a collaborative environment to accelerate the creation and deployment of open SoCs, peripherals and software tools for use in mobile, computing, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The CHIPS Alliance project develops high-quality open source Register Transfer Level (RTL) code relevant to the design of open source CPUs, RISC-V-based SoCs, and complex peripherals for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and custom silicon.

Codasip is a leading supplier of configurable RISC-V® embedded processor IP. Codasip provides a portfolio of various RISC-V implementations along with a suite of processor developers tools to allow for rapid core customization, and will contribute to working groups on verification platforms and open cores.

“Codasip has years of processor development experience and has shown its dedication to open platforms by its contributions to open source compiler and compliance projects. We welcome their participation in the CHIPS Alliance to facilitate the adoption of open architectures,” said Zvonimir Bandić, senior director of next-generation platforms architecture at Western Digital and Chairman, CHIPS Alliance.

“Codasip is excited to join the CHIPS Alliance and support the community in its efforts to ease the path of adoption of RISC-V processors in leading-edge SOC applications,” said Karel Masařík, CEO of Codasip. “The CHIPS Alliance is the logical next step in providing chip designers more choices when it comes to processor architectures.”

Munich University of Applied Sciences aims to secure an outstanding position as a university of applied sciences. It recognizes the future demands of society and industry, and is changing with a critical yet open vision for current issues, such as the ongoing digitalization of all areas of life. The university focuses on continuous improvement of quality and on constant development in research, teaching, and continuing education.

“We strongly believe in open source silicon and design flows,” said Stefan Wallentowitz, professor for computer architecture at MUAS. “We look forward to improving open source verification tools together with innovative companies in that field.”

In cooperation with Munich University of Applied Science, the CHIPS Alliance is conducting an open source design verification workshop in Munich. The workshop invites contributions from industry, academia and hobbyists as talks or tutorials. Registration is open now for the November 14–15 event.

About Codasip

Codasip delivers leading-edge processor IP and high-level design tools, providing ASIC designers with all the advantages of the RISC-V open ISA, along with the unique ability to automatically optimize the processor IP. As a founding member of the RISC-V Foundation and a long-term supplier of LLVM and GNU-based processor solutions, Codasip is committed to open standards for embedded processors. Formed in 2006 and headquartered in Munich, Germany, Codasip currently has offices in the US and Europe, with representatives in Asia and Israel. For more information about our products and services, visit www.codasip.com.

About the CHIPS Alliance

The CHIPS Alliance is an organization which develops and hosts high-quality, open source hardware code (IP cores), interconnect IP (physical and logical protocols), and open source software development tools for design, verification, and more. The main aim is to provide a barrier-free collaborative environment, to lower the cost of developing IP and tools for hardware development. The CHIPS Alliance is hosted by the Linux Foundation. For more information, visit chipsalliance.org.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation was founded in 2000 and has since become the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Today, the Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and its projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more. The Linux Foundation focuses on employing best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, visit linuxfoundation.org.

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Linux Foundation Training Announces A New Online Course-A Beginner’s Guide To Linux Kernel Developement

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 22:07

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is open for a new, free, online course – A Beginner’s Guide to Linux Kernel Development

Linux, created by Linus Torvalds 26 years ago as a “hobby project”, has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in the history of computing. The Linux kernel is the largest component of the Linux ecosystem, and is charged with managing the hardware, running user programs, and maintaining the security and integrity of the whole system. Over 13,000 kernel developers from around the world have contributed to the Linux kernel. It is a 24 hour a day, seven days a week, 365 day a year development process that results in a new release once every 9-10 weeks, along with several stable and extended stable releases. At all times, new development and current release integration cycles run in parallel.

New developers often struggle to find a way to productively engage with the Linux community. Developed by Shuah Khan, a Linux Foundation Fellow and an experienced Linux kernel developer, maintainer, and contributor, A Beginner’s Guide to Linux Kernel Development is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Linux Kernel developer and contributor. The course aims to ease the Linux Kernel Mentorship application process. It also serves as a resource for developers from companies and communities that might not be able to take advantage of the mentorship program, and want to learn kernel development on their own; as well as a resource for experienced engineers new to open source and upstream kernel development that are tasked with working with the kernel community.

“In a nutshell, my motivation is to empower new and experienced engineers to learn to work with the kernel community and become productive members of the community. I am hoping this course will help demystify the kernel development process by making it easily accessible to developers from diverse backgrounds”, says Shuah Khan.

According to Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux Foundation Fellow and Linux Kernel Maintainer, “Shuah has created a wonderful asset for new developers interested in contributing to the Linux kernel.  This course is unique in that it covers both the technical aspects of submitting code as well as how the community works in order to have your code accepted easier”.

The course introduces developers to the Linux kernel development process and teaches the explicit and implicit “rules of the road”. It covers configuring a development system, git basics, writing kernel patches, testing patches, writing commit logs, sending patches, and working on feedback from the kernel community. 

The course will teach the following:

  • Select and configure your development system
  • Overview of Linux Kernel repositories and releases
  • Git basics – checking out kernel repositories and working with them
  • Build your first kernel and install it
  • Linux kernel Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct
  • Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement
  • Write kernel patches and test them
  • How to communicate with the kernel community (do’s and don’ts)
  • Who and how to send patches (checkpatch.pl and get_maintainers.pl)
  • Re-work patches and act on feedback from reviewers.

A Beginner’s Guide to Linux Kernel Development is available at no cost, for up to one year. 

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Automotive Grade Linux Announces Chinese Automaker SAIC Motor as a New Member

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 00:11
German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT, and Ovo also join AGL

SAN FRANCISCO, October 10, 2019 — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, announces seven new members. SAIC Motor has joined as a Silver member, and German Autolabs, KPIT, MontaVista, OTAinfo, OUTCERT, and Ovo Automotive join as Bronze members.

“We are excited to welcome SAIC Motor as our first car manufacturer from China. This will allow us to expand our global ecosystem into the Chinese and Asian markets” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “AGL now has the support of 11 automakers which account for approximately sixty percent of worldwide annual vehicle shipments. We look forward to working with SAIC and all of our other new members as we continue to expand the AGL platform to support new mobility solutions and connected car applications.”

AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open, shared software platform for all technology in the vehicle, from infotainment to autonomous driving. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

Automotive Grade Linux members will come together for the bi-annual AGL All Member Meeting on October 22-23, 2019, in Monte Carlo, Monaco to learn about the latest developments, share best practices and collaborate to drive rapid innovation across the industry. The meeting is open to all current AGL members. Details and registration information can be found here

New Member Quotes: 

German Autolabs
“German Autolabs is a pioneer in Automotive Voice Assistance,” said Holger G. Weiss, co-founder and CEO of German Autolabs. “Our full-stack conversational assistance solution is fully offline-capable and provides customizable white-label VPA technology solutions for Automotive OEM and fleet operators. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) as a standardized operating system provides a reliable and customer agnostic framework for our embedded stack. We plan to contribute to Speech, Connectivity, Navi and UI/Graphics expert groups.”

KPIT
“We believe in Reimagining Mobility for creating a cleaner, smarter & safer world, and connected vehicles play a central role in our vision,” said Anup Sable, CTO, KPIT Technologies Ltd. “We have been working closely with several carmakers over the last decade, and our Linux based infotainment platform is part of millions of vehicles. We are proud to be part of the AGL community and the Linux Foundation, where we can contribute our expertise in infotainment, Linux, cybersecurity, clusters and connectivity.”

MontaVista
“MontaVista Software is the worldwide leader in developing, deploying and supporting commercial and industrial embedded Linux solutions and services, and we are excited about joining the AGL Community,” states Ravi Gupta, MontaVista Software’s CEO. “As the next generation vehicles become more software oriented, ensuring the quality and reliability of that software is absolutely critical to the safety and security of transportation for decades to come. Our goal is to contribute to the AGL Community in developing new features and technologies, and as well as the long term support strategy for these complex systems.”

OUTCERT
“We built a technology education platform whose foundations rely on collaboration with organizations in a very broad spectrum. Linux and Open Source technologies have disrupted each and every segment covered in that spectrum,” said Lital Shoshan Idel, CEO at OUTCERT. “We foresee significant upskilling in the automotive workforce as it embraces rapid adoption of emerging technologies.”

Ovo Automotive
“Ovo delivers virtualized Android apps to connected vehicles directly from the cloud, providing OEMs, dealers, and fleet owners full control over the screens of their vehicles by choosing the Android apps to run,” said Dr. Gilad Zlotkin, CEO and Co-founder at Ovo Automotive. “We believe that openness is one of the greatest drivers of innovation and we see value in bringing the Android apps ecosystem into AGL. Being a proactive member of Automotive Grade Linux will enable us to better serve our clients.”

SAIC
“In recent years, SAIC aims at the new trend of the development of the automobile industry — electrification, intelligent network connection, sharing and internationalization. In the future, SAIC will take intelligent network-based cars, smart travel solutions and intelligent manufacturing as an important starting point to explore and practice the broader and deeper integration of big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence with the automobile industry, and contribute to the acceleration of transformation and upgrading of China’s automobile industry,” said Chen Hong, CEO of SAIC MOTOR. “Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is the only organization addressing all software in the car, including Infotainment, Instrument Cluster, HUD, ADAS, Function safety and Autonomous Driving, which will help us to achieve the goal promptly.”

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About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)
Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable rapid development of new features and technologies. Although initially focused on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), AGL is the only organization planning to address all software in the vehicle, including instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Automotive Grade Linux is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Learn more at automotivelinux.org.

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Facebook, Uber, Twitter and Alibaba form Presto Foundation to Tackle Distributed Data Processing at Scale

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 21:00
Hosted under the Linux Foundation to expand community with neutral governance model

San Francisco, CA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that Presto, the widely adopted interactive data query engine, will be hosted under the Linux Foundation. The newly-established Presto Foundation will have an open and neutral governance model that will enable Presto to scale and diversify its community. Founding members include Facebook, Alibaba, Twitter and Uber, who will use the foundation to enable contributors to drive the future direction of the project, helping Presto become the fastest and most reliable SQL engine for massively distributed data processing.

Presto was developed at Facebook in 2012 as a high-performance distributed SQL query engine for large scale data analytics. Presto’s architecture allows users to query a variety of data sources such as Hadoop, S3, Alluxio, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Kafka, MongoDB and move at scale and speed. It solves the problem of having to choose between having fast analytics that use an expensive commercial solution or using a slow but “free” solution that require excessive hardware.

“Presto has been designed for high performance exabyte-scale data processing on a large number of machines. Its flexible design allows processing data from a wide variety of data sources. From day one Presto has been designed with efficiency, scalability, and reliability in mind, and it has been improved over the years to take on additional use cases at Facebook, such as batch and other application specific interactive use cases.” said Nezih Yigitbasi, Engineering Manager of Presto at Facebook.

“At Facebook alone, over a thousand employees use Presto, running several million queries and processing petabytes of data per day. After creating Presto we open sourced it to see if other companies were having the same issues and wanted to collaborate. It turns out many other companies were interested and so under The Linux Foundation, we believe the project can engage others and grow the community for the benefit of all.”  said Kathy Kam, Head of Open Source at Facebook.

“The Linux Foundation is excited to work with the Presto community, collaborating to solve the increasing problem of massive distributed data processing at internet scale,“ said Michael Dolan, VP of Strategic Programs at the Linux Foundation.”

Presto Foundation will operate under a community governance model with representation from each of the founding members. With this evolution Facebook will be collaborating with the broader ecosystem of users and contributors as one voice in the future of the Foundation.

Presto is a distributed system designed to run on large clusters of machines. It can query data where it is stored without needing to move the data to a separate system. Its in-memory and distributed query processing results in query latencies of seconds to minutes.

Additional quotes

Uber’s data platform architecture uses Presto to extract critical insights from aggregated data, which helps us build better products for our customers,” says Brian Hsieh, Head of Open Source at Uber. “Uber is honored to partner with the Linux Foundation and major contributors from the tech community to bring the Presto Foundation to life. Our goal is to help create an open and collaborative community in which Presto developers can thrive.”

“Alibaba Group is pleased to participate in this exciting project of the Linux Foundation, with our abundant business scenarios as well as the talented developer team,” says Liang Lin, Senior Director of Alibaba OLAP products. “We believe the collaboration would eventually benefit both the community as well as Alibaba and our customers.”

For more information please visit http://prestodb.github.io/

 

About The Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Operator-Led Effort Hosted by Linux Foundation and GSMA publishes Initial Specifications for Common NFV Infrastructure, Empowered by LFN’s OVP Framework

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 19:30
  • Open industry taskforce developing common NFVI as industry moves toward 5G
  • Common model and related first architecture enables the building of operationally efficient open source SDN and NFV infrastructures
  • Supports LF Networking’s evolving compliance and verification program (OVP) using OPNFV Test Automation 

 

ANTWERP, Belgium Open Networking Summit Europe September 23, 2019 – LF Networking (LFN) and the GSMA today announced that the Common NFVi Telco Taskforce (CNTT) has reached its first major milestone with the publication of its initial common Reference Model and first Reference Architecture. Jointly hosted by the GSMA and the Linux Foundation, CNTT operates as an open committee responsible for creating and documenting an industry-aligned Common NFVI Framework. 

“This initial release represents the first tangible output of CNTT,” said Heather Kirksey, vice president, Community and Ecosystem Development, the Linux Foundation. “In the short time since ONS North America, the community has already reached milestones around creation of the Reference Model and first Reference Architecture. We have also initiated significant discussion around Reference Implementation along with commencement of enhancements to OVP within OPNFV.  I am very pleased to see the focused delivery of this group and our ability to align the industry and accelerate innovation, especially in the advance of 5G. It’s incredible to witness such deep collaboration and integration among operators and vendors from across the globe.”

“The speed with which this group has been established and produced its first tangible results are testament to the close cooperation and collaboration of its industry members,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “A common framework and approach will accelerate adoption and deployment in the 5G era and we look forward to aligning further with our partners on this important project.” 

Initially organized early in 2019, CNTT held its first community-wide, face-to-face gathering in Paris this July, with more than 80 operator and vendor participants in attendance; the successful three-day event enabled collaborative discussion on next steps.

Following that initial meeting, the CNTT is working closely with taskforce members to refine the  NFVI Reference Model, define a limited number of Reference Architectures, develop testing and verification requirements, and work with the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) to define a global VNF compliance and validation lifecycle. This work will shorten the on-boarding effort for VNFs, accelerate time to revenue, and reduce costs for both VNF vendors and operators. Relying on a ground breaking collaborative model between the GSMA, the Linux Foundation, and the telecommunications vendor ecosystem, the group is creating a suite of tangible specifications to be hosted by the GSMA, and code to be created and hosted within OPNFV.  

Preliminary documentation — including the first Reference Model — are available in CNTT GitHub repository  

  • Guiding Principles
  • Intent to Realize requirements from operators (such as testing)
  • Outline of GSMA-hosted specifications that support open source work from OPNFV
  • Preliminary Reference Model
  • A set of Reference Architectures based on the Reference Model with specific workload profiles for different cloud platforms.
  • Inputs into Lab-As-A Service and other Lab and CI/CD Infrastructure projects of OPNFV and LFN

Alignment with OVP

CNTT is an enhancer to  OVP, an open source, community-led compliance and verification program that demonstrates the readiness and availability of commercial NFV products and services, including NFVI and VNFs, using OPNFV and ONAP. OVP combines open source-based automated compliance and verification testing for multiple parts of the NFV stack specifications established by ONAP, multiple SDOs such as ETSI and GSMA, and the LF Networking End User Advisory Group (EUAG). 

Once CNTT Reference Models and Architectures are implemented and tested via OPNFV (Reference Implementations), commercial products adhering to these specifications can undergo an enhanced OVP’s VNF and NFVI compliance testing for establishing baseline conformance and offering interoperability. 

The OVP work continues to advance. There will be a dedicated OVP hacking track at the next LFN DDF + Plugfest to facilitate VNF vendor onboarding and testing. Anyone interested in any aspect of the program — including testing their VNFs — is encouraged to get involved and attend an introductory webinar with SDx Central: “How the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) Can Boost VNF Interoperability” on October 22.  Information on the existing 11 OPNFV Verified products to date is available here: https://nfvi-verified.lfnetworking.org/#/ 

Looking ahead

CNTT will continue to further refine its Reference Model and its first Reference Architecture based on Openstack, and expand its portfolio of Reference Architectures with an upcoming focus on areas such as Containerization, Kubernetes-based Cloud Native stacks and Container based network functions’ validation requirements, along with growing its capabilities surrounding compliance and verification testing, and providing a lifecycle approach for NFVI. GSMA and OPNFV look forward to continuing the open source definition and implementation work that powers the community and ecosystem, so that these new technologies can be integrated into global service provider networks. 

Community Support

AT&T
“Since its formation earlier this year, the CNTT community has made tremendous progress in building out the foundational elements of a NFVI and VFN lifecycle framework, as well as creating alignment on a discrete, compliant and verified set of NFV infrastructures for the telco ecosystem,” said Mark Cottrell, assistant vice president, Network Cloud, AT&T Labs. “By delivering on this promise, CNTT will simplify VNF development, bringing compliant and verified VNFs to the marketplace more quickly.”

China Mobile
“Common NFVI helps NFV deployment via true decoupling between the virtual layer and the application layer. It is motivated to reduce resource fragmentation and vendor binding. Given this goalit is important to have both infrastructure and application vendors closely collaborate to truly realize productization based on standard resource specifications. We look forward to promoting the development, implementation and certification of this standard through the cooperation between GSMA and LFN.” Said, Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief Scientist at China Mobile Research Institute, General Manager of AI & Intelligent Operation R&D Center.

Ericsson
Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture and Technology, Ericsson Digital Services states, “Ericsson is one of the leading contributors of code to many open source projects and also leading contributor to OPNFV from beginning including driving common NFVI architecture and seeking alignment with standard bodies and open source community. We have been working with OVP certification process and Ericsson Cloud Execution environment (CEE) is OVP certified. As 5G networks are beginning to be deployed, a common NFVI is key both in the central data center and also in the Edge data centers. Ericsson will continue to support the open source initiatives such as CNTT, its continuous improvements and verification program including the VNF verification.”

Globe Telecom
“The promise of NFV was compelling for global operators,” said Vincent Seet, head, Enterprise Architecture, Globe Telecom. “The opportunity to more efficiently utilize networks through virtualization and other open source technologies was and still is compelling. However, what the communities didn’t anticipate and have yet to conquer is the overall integration complexity and challenge. It’s great to see that so many organizations are collaborating on the CNTT to directly address the challenge and help move the industry forward.”

Intel
“A set of common NFVi reference architectures, supported with a strong compliance and verification test suites are absolutely critical to drive the next phase of Network Transformation which is fundamental to usher in the promise of edge computing and 5G,“ said Rajesh Gadiyar,vice president and chief technology officer of the Network and Customs Logic Group atIntel. “An agile NFV stack built on cloud principles with the CNTT reference architecture is pivotal and will accelerate innovation and deployment of new services.”

Nokia
“Nokia welcomes the Common NVFI Taskforce (CNTT) activity initiated by GSMA together with LNF to build an industry-aligned NFV infrastructure framework,” said Ron Haberman, CTO of Nokia Software.  “As an active participant in OPNFV and the OPNFV Verification program (OVP), Nokia is delighted a broader industry-backed task force has been formed to focus on a common NFVI framework. Having participated in hundreds of cloud infrastructure and NFV deployments, involving Network and IT workloads across a broad set of vendors, we know how critical predictable performance from the NFVI is for production networks and services.  Lowering implementation obstacles, like commissioning the correct infrastructure for the task, should add momentum to NFV adoption and the 5G evolution.”

Orange
“Specifying reference NFV infrastructure benefits all parties in the integration chain. We are very pleased the industry at large is now recognizing the benefit, and is embarking into the CNTT initiative. Progress since ONS Europe last year has been tremendous,” said Stéphane Demartis, VP Cloud Infrastructure Solutions and Services, Orange.

Verizon
“From the beginning I saw the value of the work that CNTT is doing as a way to speed the integration of our VNF vendors into our next generation infrastructure,” said  Beth Cohen, SDN Products, Verizon.

Vodafone
“The CNTT empowered by an industry driven compliance and certification programme means  less need for internal testing of VNFs before onboarding them into our network and hence allowing us to introduce new services to our customers faster,” said Markus Wuepping, Head of Cloud Center of Excellence, Vodafone Group.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation to Host Open Source Project for Drone Aviation Interoperability

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 00:00

Private and public interests converge to advance aviation interoperability for safe and efficient drone operations under Linux Foundation’s open governance and collaboration model

SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2019 – The Linux Foundation today announced it will host the InterUSS Platform Open Source Project to enable trusted, secure and scalable interoperability between UAS Service Suppliers (USSs) that advances safe, equitable and efficient drone operations. Initial contributors include both industry and regulatory organizations Wing, AirMap, Uber and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

Similar to the evolution of cities, our skies are becoming busier with traffic. In an effort to unleash innovation and ensure safety, aviation regulators around the world are implementing UAS Traffic Management (UTM, also referred to as U-Space) to support rapidly increasing and highly diverse drone operations. Under UTM, a set of USSs (also known as U-Space Service Providers orUSPs) assist drone operators to conduct safe and compliant operations. USSs can provide service in overlapping airspace and share data when required to support services such as a strategic deconfliction of flight plans and remote identification and industry is developing standards for this data sharing through organizations such as ASTM International. The InterUSS Project provides a forum for collaboration and development of standards-compliant, open source implementations that facilitate communication in the UTM/U-Space environment.

The InterUSS Platform supports a range of UTM / U-Space services by facilitating communications between USSs and implements the Discovery and Synchronization Service (DSS) defined in the ASTM Remote ID standard. This includes two primary functions. First, it enables a USS to discover other USSs from which it needs to obtain information about flights and constraints in the airspace. Second, it provides mechanisms that require a USS to prove that it is aware of those flights and constraints. The InterUSS Platform accomplishes these functions without requiring any personally identifiable information and enables the USSs to share data only when necessary. The InterUSS platform was developed by industry in consultation with regulators and standards bodies around the world. It also provides a framework for interoperability in NASA’s UTM Technology Capability level demonstrations and the FAA’s UTM pilot program.

“Drones and their interoperability represents one of the most important areas of innovation across the technology industry,” said Mike Dolan, vice president of strategic programs, the Linux Foundation. “We’re excited to support the InterUSS Platform and global developer community to advance drone operations around the world.”

The Foundation will use an open governance model, including a Technical Advisory Council (TAC) comprised of a variety of technical stakeholders in the drone space. Project inclusion will be determined by a review and curation process managed by the TAC.

Founding Members

 AirMap

“The InterUSS Platform enables that any drone operator, enterprise or individual can have safe and equitable access to airspace,” said Andreas Lamprecht, CTO at AirMap. “This open source implementation of the ASTM standard for the Discovery and Synchronization Service represents a huge step forward in nurturing an open, interoperable and diversified market for UAS services.”

Uber

“Drone-based deliveries have the potential to get products to people quickly and conveniently. Rolling out standards-compliant UAS traffic management services intelligently means creating a universal and secure communication protocol that drone operators can use for safely sharing the airspace. We believe this technology should be open. That’s why Uber is proud to join the InterUSS-Platform as a Premier member, as we believe this open project will advance the technology to make safe drone operations a standard feature in our lives,” said Tom Prevot, director of airspace systems at Uber Elevate.

Wing

“Interoperability through open standards is essential for a UTM ecosystem in which each USS can participate and innovate to address the unique needs of their customers,” said Reinaldo Negron, Wing’s Head of UTM. “As a compliant implementation of the ASTM Discovery and Synchronization Service, the InterUSS Platform provides the foundation for that interoperability.  Wing is looking forward to continuing our collaboration with industry partners and regulators to build safe and effective solutions for UTM.”

Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Switzerland

“From an authority point of view, a close cooperation between industry and regulators is essential to ensure optimal conditions for Switzerland to remain a competitive location for innovation and digitalization in aviation worldwide. The Discovery and Synchronization Service is a key element of the Swiss U-Space Architecture and the development of its open source implementation, the InterUSS-Platform, is an important effort towards interoperability. Joining the Linux Foundation is therefore a logical step forward to ensure that FOCA can effectively perform its role as an enabler and oversight authority.” said Lorenzo Murzilli, Leader of Innovation and Digitalization Unit and Head of the Swiss U-space Program.

 

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First Digital-Only Bank in China Joins Linux Foundation

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 23:30

WeBank will collaborate with global open source community to advance innovative banking with a federated learning framework

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 17, 2019 – The Linux Foundation today announced that WeBank is joining at the Gold level. It joins Alibaba, Dell, Facebook, Toyota, Uber and Verizon among other Linux Foundation members at this level.

WeBank is both the first privately-owned bank and the first digital-only bank in China. It was built with technology at its core and is committed to promoting innovative technologies. It recently led the transfer of the FATE (Federated AI Technology Enabler) to the Linux Foundation. FATE is a federated learning framework that fosters collaboration across companies and institutes to perform AI model training and inference in accordance with user privacy, data confidentiality and government regulations.

“WeBank embodies the values and ideals inherent in open source development, things like innovation and collaboration. Its leadership on projects like FATE demonstrate its commitment, and we look forward to its deepening work with Linux Foundation projects and communities,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

“WeBank understands the value of collaboration and that no one can innovate alone. The Linux Foundation is able to connect us with a diverse community of open source projects and members around the world,” said Tianjian Chen, Deputy General Manager of AI, WeBank.

As a high-tech full-digital bank built on open source software, WeBank aims to initiate a global banking innovation based on open-source software ecosystem. It will initially contribute to FATE, Linux Foundation AI, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, LF Edge and Confidential Computing Consortium.

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Announcing New Course: Hyperledger Sawtooth for Application Developers

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:48

SAN FRANCISCO, September 17, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new, free, course – Hyperledger Sawtooth for Application Developers.  This course is offered through the edX, the trusted platform for learning.

Blockchain and its potential in the enterprise landscape has received a lot of attention over the past few years. Today, blockchain has become a reality. This revolutionary technology is transforming how organizations do business, across a wide range of industries. 

Hyperledger Sawtooth is an open source project under the Hyperledger umbrella, and works as an enterprise-level blockchain system used for building, deploying, and running distributed ledger applications and networks.

“This is a great course for developers to learn how to develop for Hyperledger Sawtooth and simultaneously learn a simplified supply chain use case. With this course as a basis, developers will be ready to explore on their own deeper into Sawtooth application development or using the supply chain concepts branch out into Hyperledger Grid.”  –Dan Middleton, Head of Technology for Intel’s Blockchain and Distributed Ledger program and Hyperledger Sawtooth Project Maintainer

The Hyperledger Sawtooth for Application Developers (LFS174x) course is designed for experienced developers who want to write applications for the Hyperledger Sawtooth enterprise blockchain platform. Originally developed by Anne Chenette and Darian Plumb at Bitwise IO, the course starts with the basics of blockchain technology and the concepts of permissioned networks, then describes the important features of Hyperledger Sawtooth. 

The course includes a sample distributed application, Sawtooth Simple Supply, based on a simplified supply chain example. This application includes a web-app front end, a transaction processor (the equivalent of a smart contract) for the blockchain business logic, and a custom REST API for communication. Learning how to code this sample application will teach the student about important Hyperledger Sawtooth concepts and will help them understand how to create their own enterprise-level Hyperledger Sawtooth application.

This course will teach the following:

  • Blockchain concepts: blockchain structure and process flow, transactions, blocks, hashes and signing, permissions, and consensus
  • Hyperledger Sawtooth basics
  • Principles of application design for the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform
  • Create a full-featured Hyperledger Sawtooth application, using the included Sawtooth Simple Supply application
  • Run and troubleshoot an application.

The 2019 Technology Industry Innovation conducted by KPMG focused on the adoption of blockchain technologies suggests that 41 percent of businesses are likely to adopt and implement blockchain into their business operations in the next three years. In addition, the survey revealed 48 percent of enterprises believe blockchain will change the way they conduct and manage their business activities in the near future.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Linux Foundation to offer this new course in Hyperledger Sawtooth,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT Professor. “edX is committed to providing learners with the career-relevant education they need to succeed professionally, and this course presents the opportunity for experienced developers to learn a cutting-edge platform critical to the rise and adoption of blockchain technology.”

Hyperledger Sawtooth for Application Developers (LFS174x) is available at no cost, with content access for up to 14 weeks. Learners may upgrade to the verified track for $99, which includes all graded assessments, unlimited access to the course content and the ability to earn a Verified Certificate upon passing the course.

About The Linux Foundation

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Microsoft Joins Academy Software Foundation as a Premier Member

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:00

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 13, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation,  a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Microsoft has joined the Foundation as a Premier member.

“Studios and vendors across the motion picture industry have come together in support of the Academy Software Foundation, and their commitment has fueled our growth,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “We are pleased to welcome Microsoft to the Academy Software Foundation. Their membership helps us hit a significant milestone as we surpass $1M in annual funding, a solid financial base that we will use to support our open source projects, the software engineers that develop them, and the open source community in general.”

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and it’s this mission that drives our commitment to open source,” said Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media and Edge, Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to become a member of the Academy Software Foundation and work together with the industry’s open source community to bring the latest cloud technologies to the Foundation and its projects.”

Microsoft is committed to supporting innovation across the media and entertainment industry by bringing its cloud platforms to bear to help studios unlock creativity and collaboration, bring content to market faster and engage and monetize audiences. As a Foundation member, Microsoft will dedicate engineering resources to support Foundation-hosted projects and will assume roles on the Academy Software Foundation Governing Board and on its Technical Advisory Council (TAC). 

About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, and OpenTimelineIO.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

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Academy Software Foundation Announces Apple as Premier Member

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:00

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 13, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation, a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Apple has joined the Foundation as a Premier member.

“Filmmakers everywhere use Apple products. We are delighted to welcome Apple as a new member, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our open source projects run well on Apple software platforms,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation.

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, ASWF provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound.

“To support the continued growth of open source software across our industry, we have the privilege of providing developers with tools that make it easier to contribute code and participate in the community,” said Rob Bredow, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, and Governing Board Chair of Academy Software Foundation. “One of these tools is the Academy Software Foundation’s Continuous Integration (CI) build infrastructure, which streamlines development for build and runtime environments. With Apple as a new member, we hope to work with them to improve support for Apple platforms, which will continue to democratize open source software development.”

About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, and OpenTimelineIO.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

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The Reactive Foundation Launches To Support Next Phase of Software Architecture

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 21:00

Alibaba, Lightbend, Netifi and Pivotal establish a new, neutral open source foundation to accelerate the availability of reactive programming specifications and software

SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2019 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the launch of the Reactive Foundation, a community of leaders established to accelerate technologies for building the next generation of networked applications. The foundation is made up of Alibaba, Lightbend, Netifi and Pivotal as initial members and includes the successful open source RSocket specification, along with programming language implementations.

The aim of reactive programming is to build applications that maintain a consistent user experience regardless of traffic on the network, infrastructure performance and different end user devices (computers, tablets, smartphones). Reactive programming uses a message-driven approach to achieve the resiliency, scalability and responsiveness that is required for today’s networked cloud-native applications, independent of their underlying infrastructure.

The Reactive Foundation establishes a formal open governance model and neutral ecosystem for supporting open source reactive programming projects.

“From the beginning of our work on RSocket during my time at Netflix, our intent was to have an open system that encouraged broad adoption, which is essential for networking technology. We’re thrilled to be hosted at the Linux Foundation with commitment from leaders and disruptors in the industry, and are excited to make progress enabling reactive programming,” said Ryland Degnan, Co-Founder and CTO at Netifi and Foundation community chair.

“With the rise of cloud-native computing and modern application development practices, reactive programming addresses challenges with message streams and will be critical to adoption,” said Michael Dolan, VP of Strategic Programs at the Linux Foundation. “With the Reactive Foundation, the industry now has a neutral home for supporting the open source projects enabling reactive programming.”

RSocket is an open source protocol that builds upon reactive streams to provide application flow control over the network to prevent outages and increase resiliency of applications. It is designed to support reactive programming and today’s modern microservices-based and cloud-native applications as a high-performance replacement of traditional HTTP. RSocket allows the use of a single connection, through which messages are passed as streams of data. It enables long-lived streams across different transport connections, which is particularly useful for mobile to server communication where network connections drop, switch, and reconnect frequently.

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“RSocket is designed to shine in the era of microservice and IoT devices,“ said Andy Shi, Developer Advocate at Alibaba. “We believe the projects built on top of RSocket protocol and reactive streams in general will disrupt the landscape of microservices architecture. The Reactive Foundation is the hub of these exciting projects.”

“The RSocket application protocol is an essential replacement for HTTP, delivering resilience and high performance for networked cloud-native applications and microservices communication,” said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Netifi. “The Reactive Foundation will extend efforts to build a broader open source community around RSocket and reactive programming.”

“Many observers, from industry analysts to decision makers and developers are recognizing the positive impact of designing reactive software,” said Stephane Maldini, Project Reactor Lead at Pivotal. “After more than a decade of innovations, the reactive ecosystem is making it into mainstream adoption with Project Reactor, Spring Boot and the Spring Framework accelerating its adoption. The Reactive Foundation could not come at a better time for consolidating this position with defining projects like RSocket. Together, we can build hyper efficient, scalable distributed systems by rethinking the way we design them and by using the right protocol to coordinate them. The Reactive Foundation is an invitation for everyone ready to embark on this transformative journey.”

“When I co-wrote the Reactive Manifesto in 2013, we anticipated a major industry shift in building systems that react to modern demands on services and since then more than 26,000 people have signed on,” said Jonas Bonér, CTO and Co-Founder of Lightbend. “The Reactive Foundation is a critical milestone in bringing together technology industry leaders to embrace a message-driven architecture to support cloud-native applications built to be robust, resilient, flexible and written with modern hardware, virtualization, rich web clients and mobile clients in mind.”

To find more information on the Reactive Foundation or get involved in the project, please visit: https://reactive.foundation/

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Twelve Community-Driven Demos Highlight Innovation and Integration Across the Networking Stack

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:27

LF Networking (LFN) represents the largest set of networking projects with the broadest community in the industry that collaborate on the many challenges and opportunities in the open source networking stack. Since forming in January 2018, it has grown to over 100 members that represent ~70% of the world’s mobile subscribers. Network operators like AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, and Orange are deeply engaged in the technical work of the community, and some of that innovation will be on display at the LF Networking booth at ONS Europe, Sept 23 – 25, 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The ONS Europe CFP collected a record number of submissions this year for speaking as well as for community-driven demos. Accordingly, we’ve expanded the number of demo stations from 10 to 12 and highlight innovations from 7 of the 8 LFN projects from within the LF Networking umbrella (FD.io, ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, OpenSwitch, PNDA, and Tungsten Fabric), as well as projects from adjacent technology stacks, including Collectd, DPDK, HAPROXY, Helm, Kafka, Kubernetes, Openstack, OpenWRT, and Prometheus. We welcome you to spend some time talking to and learning from these experts in the technical community during the Technical Showcase in the Atrium Monday – Wednesday.

For the first time, the LFN Booth will feature the demo “OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) in Action” where visitors can learn about the three verification tracks—NFVI, VNFs based on requirements from the ONAP community, and test labs. Through OVP, CSPs can accelerate time to deployment for new network services, improve interoperability and software quality, and reduce in-house testing and costs, while vendors improve time to revenue for new product offerings, achieve greater alignment with customer requirements, and demonstrate product quality.

Listed below is the full networking demo lineup, and you can read detailed descriptions of each demo here.

  • TransportPCE: SDN controller and simulators for WDM optical networks (OpenDaylight, FD.io, Open ROADM, Lighty.io) Presented by Orange, Pantheon.tech
    Baremetal deployment with XCI (OPNFV) Presented by SUSE and Ericsson
  • Closed Loop Automation: Self-healing, Infrastructure Resiliency & Maintenance (OPNFV, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Collectd, Prometheus, Kafka, mcelog) Presented by Intel and Nokia
  • OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) in Action (ONAP, OPNFV) Presented by Aarna Networks, China Mobile, Huawei, Intel, Vodafone, VoerEir
  • CTNet2025 Intent-Based Network (ONAP, OpenDaylight) Presented by China Telecom
  • Policy Goes Mainstream in ONAP, Leveraging TOSCA and Kubernetes (ONAP) Presented by AT&T and Ericsson
  • Application Oriented on-demand 5G Slice Service Provisioning by ONAP (ONAP) Presented by China Mobile, Tencent, Huawei
  • DPDK-based CNI Support Using Integrated Tungsten Fabric – VPP Solution (Tungsten Fabric, DPDK, FD.io, Kubernetes) Presented by ATSOPX: Your Way to Build Composable Networks (OpenSwitch, Free Range Routing), Presented by Dell Technologies
  • Cloud-native Network Data Analytics with PNDA (PNDA, Apache Hadoop, Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, CNCF Kubernetes, CNCF Prometheus, Helm) Presented by Gradiant and Cisco
  • AI Controller System based on Reliably Forecasting Resource Usage (ONAP, Acumos) Presented by China Mobile, QCT, & Astri
  • Integrating Kubernetes CNFs and OpenStack VNFs with Tungsten Fabric (Tungsten Fabric (LFN) Kubernetes OpenStack OpenWRT HAProxy) Presented by Codilime

We hope to see you at the show! Register today!

Note: Hall Passes and Day passes are available for just $275 and $600 respectively and LF members get an additional discount. Please email events@linuxfoundation.org with any questions.

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