MEF to host industry’s first LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Hackathon at GEN15, 16-18 November 2015

Date: Thu, 09/17/2015 - 16:27

MEF to host industry’s first LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Hackathon at GEN15, 16-18 November 2015

Supported by Cisco DevNet, LSO Hackathon will focus on development of LSO APIs, SDN controller plugins, and LSO orchestration solutions

The MEF is pleased to announce that it will host the industry’s first LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Hackathon at the global GEN15 conference ( being held on 16-19 November 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.
“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,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems. “This innovation needs standardization 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,” stated Nan Chen, President of the MEF. “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 standardized interoperability. We believe that the MEF LSO Hackathon also is going to help break down informal silos within our member organizations by encouraging hands-on, cross-departmental hackathon teams.”

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.

Hackathon Schedule
The LSO Hackathon will take place during 16-18 November alongside the main GEN15 conference.
•         Monday, 16 November:  Preparatory workshop
•         Tuesday, 17 November – Wednesday, 18 November:  Coding and collaboration

Hackathon Participation & Registration
There are 50 open seats for qualified experts to participate in the LSO Hackathon. The recommended background for participants include one or more of the following:
•         OpenDaylight or OPNFV community members / contributors
•         Software developers from service providers and technology vendors
•         Network engineers, architects, designers, etc. from service providers
•         MEF specification contributors
•         MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECPs).

Above, Nan Chen, President of the MEF 

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