Here are a few items to keep an eye on:
Community: There are talks of how to improve the community experience (Dave Neary, Red Hat) and building products out of ODL (Colin Dixon and Davin Avery of Brocade). Coordinating volunteers, avoiding overlapping projects, and keeping an open source project marching on schedule is an art. There are numerous talks and tutorials on the code base.
New ideas: There is a “pitch” session called “SDN Dragon’s Den” where people get to spend 5 minutes pitching their SDN app idea to ODL technologists and developers. Perhaps we’ll get a peek at some wild networking ideas that eventually get traction.
Vendors: Brocade seems to be lending lots of support for ODL, as evidenced by creating products based on it and by sending the most registrants to the conference, followed by Cisco, Huawei, HP, Intel, Oracle, Ericsson, NEC, Dell, and AT&T (according to an ODL tweet). Brocade is presenting numerous talks including a keynote by Kelly Herrell, and Kevin Woods is one of the panelists in the Dragon’s Den.
NFV: There are many talks of carrier (NFV) uses, such as Huawei, AT&T (several keynotes), and speakers from vendors such as HP (Prodip Sen, HP NFV CTO), ConteXteam (now part of HP; Ariel Noy and Gal Maizner), and Ericsson (Chris Price) are giving talks. Since there are other open source projects with common use cases such as OPNFV (Open Platform for NFV), ONOS from ON.lab, and ODL itself, it would be interesting to understand how ideas cross-pollinate. There are talks that discuss the intersection of the OpenStack Neutron and ODL communities as well.
Policy frameworks: This is a hot topic in the area of cloud orchestration. There is a panel moderated by Craig Matsumoto (SDxCentral) and Cisco (Mike Dvorkin, Mike Cohen), HP (Mahesh Venkat), and Styra (Tim Heinrich) will compare the various projects and frameworks.
I can’t cover it all here, but those were a few items that caught my eye. More details are available at the event website here. See you in Santa Clara!