Open Networking Foundation Launches Industry’s First Open-Source “OpenFlow™ Driver” Contest

April 27, 2013

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN), announced the industry’s first competition to create an open-source “OpenFlow™ Driver.” The competition is open to the worldwide development community to create an interoperable open-source implementation of the latest OpenFlow standard.
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ONF intends the competition to produce an OpenFlow driver that everyone from network equipment vendors and ISVs to operators, and larger open-source projects can use for easy transitions between different implementations of the OpenFlow protocol. The winner of the “OpenFlow Driver” competition will be awarded one grand prize of $50,000.

“ONF is committed to solving market needs in very practical ways,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “This competition is designed to encourage additional SDN innovation by seeking additional open-sourced technology solutions. We want this OpenFlow Driver to be of use for global developers of OpenFlow products, making it easier for them to build value around and easily update the OpenFlow protocol component with the latest ONF specifications as they evolve.”

The competition is open to all organizations and individuals worldwide interested in developing an OpenFlow driver that any developer can use in a controller or switch to maintain compatibility among switches and controllers. The contest will open for submissions on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and will close on August 15, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Judges, who will be selected by the Foundation, will critique on the following:
Compliance with the OpenFlow specification standard
Correctness of operation with test harness
Ease with which the submission can be integrated into a controller
Completeness of the implementation
Clarity of the code and architecture
Memory footprint
Potential performance and scaling of the architecture
Portability of the code
Modularity of the code
Extensibility and maintainability of the code
Integration with multiple programming languages
Performance and scalability of the code
The winner will be announced on September 30, 2013. The winning entry will be provided under both Apache 2.0 and GPL dual-licenses for maximum compatibility with both open-source projects and commercial ones.

(Courtesy: NetEvents)

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