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Open Networking Foundation Announces Launch of Atrium SDN


February 18, 2016

The Open Networking Foundation, which seeks to advance the use of software-defined networking (SDN), has announced the latest release of its Atrium SDN software distribution that now supports the OpenDaylight software development platform.

The Atrium SDN stack – which means to give enterprises a complete set of programming tools including the components from the Border Gateway Protocol, Open Networking Operating System, and Open Compute Project – will continue to support the Open Networking Operating System controller and gains support for the OpenDaylight controller. The Linux Foundation controls both those projects, so it should not come as a surprise that Atrium will make that jump. Bithika Khargharia, the director of product and community management at the Open Networking Foundation, commented on the transition and how Atrium can give businesses the tools they need to make their operations more efficient.

“In this release of Atrium, the porting to OpenDaylight provides a large and vibrant community with a new vehicle for adopting open SDN,” Khargharia said. “ONF is actively creating an ecosystem and the architecture needed to assist network operators to more easily build custom solutions and allow vendors to take advantage of common building blocks, reducing their development costs, and improving interoperability.”

The promise of interoperability has become one of the key selling points of SDN. Key networking components, such as that shown in the link above, can work alongside one another in within systems such as the Open Network Operating System. Beyond that, SDN also gives network functions a chance to run on any type of hardware. If the operating system itself can recognize a variety of vendors’ hardware components, the overlying software can do the same.

This release marks the second for Atrium. Its first, which took place last year, focused on properly handling flow objectives and device drivers. The latest release will incorporate those efforts into the OpenDaylight device identification and driver module; additionally, it will use OpenFlow hardware switches to incorporate the Atrium router into the framework of OpenDaylight. Furthermore, the latest release will address the Open Network Operating System by adding support for interior gateway protocols.

The 2016 release of Atrium is currently available for download and experimentation by interested parties.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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