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ONOS Project’s SDN Release, Goldeneye, Advances Service Provider Capabilities for High Availability, Scale and Performance

June 15, 2016

Rapidly growing open source project sustains quarterly release cadence

MENLO PARK, Calif. June 15, 2016ONOS® Project today announced the availability of “Goldeneye,” its seventh release of the leading open source Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Operating System. Designed by Service Providers for Service Providers, ONOS is designed with scale, High Availability (HA), strong performance, and the right abstractions. A rapidly growing community and broad set of industry stakeholders support ONOS as it continues its quarterly release cadence and expands in size, diversity, and technical contributions at every layer of the software stack to deliver a comprehensive set of service provider use case solutions. ONOS Project is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

Today’s Service Providers face the dual challenge of building out the datacenter and network infrastructure required by glut of mobile data, without the agility or cost model needed to support the demand. SDN and NFV solutions are emerging to address this pain point, enabling service providers to take control of their infrastructure, advance cloud and Internet innovations and reduce capital and operational costs. Developed into commercial products and deployed into large production networks, ONOS enables compelling SDN and NFV use cases and solutions, including NREN deployments, traffic engineering, multicast content distribution, VPLS, SDN-IP peering, packet-optical convergence and [A, R, E, and M]-CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter).

ONOS scale, performance and HA facilitates separation of control from forwarding devices and creation of a logically centralized control, bringing the real disruptive SDN value proposition to Service Providers. Additionally, ONOS’ growing support of southbound protocols, such as NetConf/Yang, BGP-LS, PCEP, TL-1 and others, enables ONOS utilization with legacy devices to help Service Providers incrementally deploy SDN.

“Thanks to the broad range of Service Providers, industry leaders and developers actively contributing to and developing ONOS, the project is promoting network disruption through open source software and whitebox switches, while providing incremental SDN delivery to support migration and evolve carrier networks. ONOS is the only SDN control plane that can support both disruptive and incremental SDN for Service Providers,” said Vice President of Engineering at ON.Lab, Bill Snow.

Notable technical contributions to Goldeneye include the following:

The full list of ONOS features provided in the Goldeneye release can be found here.

ONOS Technical Performance White Paper
In the spirit of providing the networking Community with useful performance benchmarks, ONOS collaborates with the OpenDaylight project, also hosted by The Linux Foundation, to establish a common methodology for performance evaluations of SDN control planes.

“ONOS continues its demonstrated leadership in scale, performance, and HA,” said ON.Lab Chief Architect Thomas Vachuska. “Every release of ONOS is tested for various performance, scale and HA metrics, established in the comprehensive Technical White Paper published in April 2015, and we continue to meet and exceed the April 2015 results, which remain the best reported results in the industry.”

Support from the ONOS community partners and collaborators who contributed to Goldeneye:

“AT&T values our collaboration with ON.Labs on ONOS,” said Tom Anschutz, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T. “Among many improvements, we found the work in Goldeneye on programmatic abstractions both simplifies application programming as well as reduces time to adapt to new hardware. So we are really happy with the new capability supporting the Intent framework through the Flow Objectives subsystem. Moreover, the exemplary applications have helped both to mature ONOS as well as the entire SDN ecosystem. Thanks to all the additional applications, working with ONOS feels less like working with a bare Linux kernel and more like working with an entire distribution.”

“Adaptive Flow Monitoring (AFM) improves flow statistics monitoring accuracy without imposing any additional performance overhead to the core of ONOS,” said Taesang Choi, principal research staff and UST adjunct professor at ETRI. “Its capabilities are realized by collecting flows in fine grained multiple intervals in such way that best reflects flow characteristics of various flow length.”

“In the Goldeneye release, ONOS demonstrated the important capability of controlling Dis-aggregated ROADM software and hardware components in E-CORD configuration,” said Hisayuki Sekine, head of the network solutions business unit of Fujitsu. “Fujitsu is very pleased to contribute to the overall design of E-CORD, the 1FINITY T100 transponder blades and related southbound software components to make E-CORD successful.”

“We are pleased to see ONOS steadfastly making progress in adoption of variety of deployable use cases and improving the code quality simultaneously,” said Ayush Sharma, CTO and SVP of the Networks business division of Huawei. “We also witnessed it gaining traction with carrier customers and wider community, in particular China Unicom deploying its first commercial version with our support. We are committed to continuously invest and contribute in this endeavor.”

ONOS Community Expands, Meets at ONOS/CORD Mini Summit
The ONOS community comprises a core engineering team at ON.Lab, along with developers from Service Providers, vendors and Research and Educational Networks spanning across industries. Additionally, the following organizations recently joined ONOS as collaborators: Argela, Calix, IPT Solutions, SDNLAB and Villa-Tech.

Whether an individual or an organization, as an open source project all are encouraged to get involved with the growing ONOS community today. Download and test ONOS, join the project as a member and be sure to check out the live ONOS demonstration at the ONOS and CORD Mini Summit co-located at OPNFV Summit in Berlin, Germany on Monday, June 20.

About the ONOS project
ONOS is the open source SDN networking operating system for Service Provider networks architected for high performance, scale and availability. The ONOS ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative. The ONOS ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative. These include AT&T, China Unicom, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson, Fujitsu Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation and Nokia. See the full list of members, including ONOS’ collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with ONOS at

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


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Vice President of Engineering at ON.Lab