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Assembling the set of selected components defined by the RDs into a platform enables a proof-of-concept to allow the test and trial of the design. These platforms are called Exemplar Platforms and each of them will be based on a Reference Design and will serve as reference implementations. These platforms are designed to make it easy to download, modify, trial and deploy an operational instantiation and thereby speed up adoption and deployment.

Board Approved Process for Reference Designs

July 2018 the ONF Board approved the following official processes for reviewing, approving, licensing and releasing Reference Designs:

ONF Reference Design Process and Procedure Overview FINAL.pdf

This process is driven by the TLT and the ONF Partners on the Reference Design Teams (RDTs).  Once a Draft version is approved, it is released to ONF members for review.  This process is outlined visually here:

Please refer back to the RD process document for additional details.


Update (November 30th, 2018)

Draft Reference Designs Now Available for Member Review

Earlier this year, we ONF operators started work on four reference designs (RDs) as part of the new new ONF strategic plan, with a goal to drive ONF open source solutions into production. All four of these RDs , SEBA RD and ODTN RD, have completed the first phase, are now available in draft form, thanks to the work done by the respective reference design teams comprised of the Operator Group and aligned ONF Supply-chain Partners. These four RDs have been approved by the TLT to proceed to the ONF Membership review phase, prior to public release as ONF Board approved ONF Reference Designs.  

Registered individuals from ONF member companies may access the draft RDs and provide feedback by clicking on the RD of interest below. (See note below if you have difficulty getting to these wiki pages.)1)

Virtualized Broadband:  SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) Reference Design

2) Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) Reference Design


NFV Fabric: ONOS/Trellis NFV Fabric Reference Design

Next Gen SDN:  Unified, Programmable, and Automated Networks (UPAN) Reference Design

4) ONOS/Trellis NFV Fabric

Disaggregated Optical Networking:  Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) Reference Design

How to Gain Member-Only Access to Reference Designs

You may already have an registration, but the RD sites use an registration.  If you don't have an account you need to use the link below the Log In - “No username and password? Sign up here.”. It is advised you use your work email address so we can identify your company and grant you member-only access rights.