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OPNFV Data Plane and VNF Acceleration Mini-Summit

OPNFV Data Plane and VNF Acceleration Mini-Summit

Monday, June 12

9:00 - 12:30

This event will deliver technical sessions related to the acceleration of server-based networking data planes and VNFs using SmartNIC hardware within the framework of the NFVi and orchestration components in the OPNFV Danube software platform. Virtual switching data planes using Open vSwitch (OVS) and FD.IO (with VPP) will be discussed and offload architectures for such data planes into SmartNIC platforms will be presented.  Extension of such data planes for VNF specific requirements utilizing micro-VNF sandbox functions utilizing P4 and/or C language programming will be presented and discussed.  Early work defining VNF acceleration architectures and APIs for SmartNIC-accelerated data planes and VNF sandbox extensions will be presented and discussed, followed by a proposal to create a collaborative project to complete the definition of such an API within the frameworks of OPNFV and ETSI.   In addition, a proposal for a Pharos community lab related VNF acceleration will be put forward by the Open-NFP organization. is a worldwide, community-driven organization to enable open and collaborative development in the area of data plane acceleration for network functions processing in server networking. Open-NFP hosts over 40 open projects and has over a 100 developers from Service Providers, OEMs, research institutions and academia. The portal also offers developers support with a P4 and C-based data plane software development environment and open source code related to Netronome Agilio SmartNICs. A number of Open-NFP activities and projects are around service provider applications, in areas such as NFV data plane acceleration, hardware accelerated VNFs, security, and in-band network telemetry.  The Open-NFP community and available resources are ideally suited for developing and testing VNF acceleration using SmartNICs using specifications developed in OPNFV.



9:00 - 12:30

此次小型峰会将提供有关加速基于服务器的网络数据平面和在OPNFV Danube软件平台中NFVi和业务流程组件框架内使用SmartNIC硬件的VNF的技术会议。会议将讨论如何使用Open vSwitch(OVS)和FD.IO(与VPP)进行虚拟交换数据平面,并介绍如何将此类数据平面卸载到SmartNIC平台中的架构。该会议还将介绍和讨论使用基于P4或C语言编程的微型VNF沙箱功能扩展VNF特定要求的数据平面。并且,会议还将介绍和讨论SmartNIC加速数据平面和VNF沙箱扩展定义的VNF加速架构和API的早期工作,然后提出建立一个合作项目,以完成OPNFV和ETSI框架内的这种API的定义。此外,Open-NFP组织还将提出一项关于VNF加速的Pharos社区实验室的建议。

Mini-Summit Agenda:

9:00 – 9:15 AM:
Welcome and introduction

9:15 – 10:00 AM:
NFVi acceleration models and offload architectures for OVS and VPP data planes.  The role of SmartNICs for NFVi acceleration will be discussed.

10:00 – 10:45 AM:
VNF acceleration models and offload architectures for NFV.  The role of SmartNICs for VNF acceleration will be discussed.

10:45 – 11AM:

11:00 – 11:30AM
An open API model for enabling NFVi and VNF acceleration, including the use of sandbox functions using P4 and/or C programming languages.  Proposal to collaborate on the definition of an open API within the context of an OPNFV project.

11:30AM – 12:15PM
Proposal for developing and testing VNF acceleration utilizing resources and support from the Open-NFP community.  A brief introduction to available resources including SmartNIC data plane development tools, and proposal for a VNF acceleration-focused Pharos community lab

12:15 – 12:30PM
Summary, call to action, adjourn



Please note there is no cost to participate. You will only be charged a cancellation/no-show fee of $50 if you do not cancel by 8:00 PST on Wednesday, June 7 or no-show for the event.


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