MEF to host industry’s first Lifecycle Service Orchestration hackathon in November
The MEF will host the industry’s first Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Hackathon at the global GEN15 conference (www.gen15.com) being held on November 16-19, 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Supported by Cisco DevNet, the LSO Hackathon will bring together Open Source community developers and Carrier Ethernet services networking experts to collaborate and develop solutions based on MEF specifications in order to accelerate the implementation of agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services.
Dave Ward, CTO of engineering and chief architect at Cisco Systems, said: “User experience, infinite bandwidth, and on-demand service delivery have come to dominate what we perceive as the Internet. The software agile development model has created this sharp knee in the rate of innovation over the past couple of years. This innovation needs standardisation and open sourcing, and the MEF’s LSO Hackathon is an important contribution to the shift of this part of the SDO ecosystem towards strengthening standards in a fast and adaptable way. This is part of a trend that Cisco is proud to be encouraging and actively supporting.”
“The MEF takes collaboration with other SDOs very seriously, as evidenced by our new UNITE program
that we started in mid-2014. What the LSO Hackathon does is take that collaboration to a new level, superseding reliance on the formal, but slower, liaison process by introducing new software-oriented approaches to accelerating standardised interoperability. We believe that the MEF LSO Hackathon also is going to help break down informal silos within our member organisations by encouraging hands-on, cross-departmental hackathon teams.” stated Nan Chen, president of the MEF.
LSO hackathon objectives
The key objectives of the first LSO Hackathon are to develop and implement:
- APIs (Application Program Interfaces) based on the emerging LSO Presto API framework.
- OpenDaylight SDN controller plugins to support LSO Presto APIs.
- LSO orchestration solutions, including a prototype LSO Orchestrator with a GUI that is oriented around CE 2.0 service orchestration.
These first LSO Hackathon objectives are based on the contributions and projects being led by Cablelabs and CenturyLink, two very active participants in the MEF.