The technology that the new foundation will promote has been some time in the making, growing out of a six year collaboration between Stanford and the University of California Berkeley. The results are what ONF calls “Software-Defined Networking,” or SNF. SNF incorporates a software interface referred to as “OpenFlow” and a set of global management interfaces upon which management tools can be built. The essential goal appears to enable the creation of “programmable networks” (large and small) that can have “fast lanes” that give priority of transmission to specified data.
Notwithstanding the group of powerhouse companies that are apparently now going to adopt SNF, a picture of the developers of the OpenFlow specification reveals, not surprisingly, a group that looks fresh out of a university computer lab. According to The OpenFlow Website,
It will be interesting to watch this one, and in particular what shows up at its Web site and when. Meantime, take a look at the NYT article, which takes a deep dive into what the business/technical mission is all about.