To meet the need to more predictably plan, procure and deploy virtual networks, we are announcing the Industry Standard Benchmarking (ISB) for NFV initiative at Layer 123 SDN & OpenFlow World Congress today. Working with partners such as AT&T, Intel is placing the ISB collaboration at the heart of our efforts to accelerate NFV adoption and to enable the deployment of high performance virtualized networks. This transformation of the network can be done faster and in a more deterministic way with ISB by benchmarking real world workloads to generate authoritative metrics based on standardized test tools and methodologies.
As a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project, Intel and our ecosystem partners are announcing a set of concrete ISB contributions to the OPNFV Yardstick project. These contributions include:
- Integrating the Virtual Switch Performance (VSPERF) test framework into Yardstick to measure different virtual Switch (vSwitch) choices.
- Evolving the Yardstick framework to a consistent/extensible test-architecture for performance testing of Network Services (vs. individual technology ingredients) engaging on a roadmap to include a full Management and Orchestration (MANO) stack as well as commercial VNFs’.
- Contributing the ISB test harness enhanced with the TRex open source traffic generator.
- Providing Intel lab infrastructure to support test projects. Intel is currently hosting over 50 servers in the Intel OPNFV lab and is donating another 18 servers to be hosted by the Linux Foundation.
Following a long-term roadmap and Intel commitment to invest into characterizing network function performance– spanning host and multi-VM packet processing to virtualized network services - success for ISB goes beyond the provision of software and hardware. Working with the OPNFV community in the Yardstick project, we are inviting Communication Service Providers to participate by contributing KPIs, traffic profiles and other metrics to ensure the viability of the test scenarios as virtualized networks evolve, mature and scale. Collaborating on ISB will allow the industry to obtain objectively measured best-of-breed virtualized network solutions optimized for industry standard high volume servers, thus charting a path to predictable NFV deployments everywhere.