ONF Fall 2013 PlugFest

Nov. 4–8, 2013 / Spirent, Sunnyvale, California

This is the fourth private Open Networking Foundation Interoperability PlugFest event and the first hosted at Spirent Communications in Sunnyvale. The Testing and Interop Working group is tasked to coordinate two PlugFest Events per year.

The event is open to ONF members (and partner Universities) only. Press and other media are not invited unless by special arrangement. The cost of the event will be covered by ONF membership. Companies cover their own travel and shipping expenses.

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Location Contacting the Lab  
Registration Schedule  


  • Staging: October 31 – November 1, 2013
  • Additional Staging: November 3, 2013 (by appointment only)
  • Testing: November 4 – 8, 2013


  • Attendee Registration Due: October 18
  • Test Plan Outline Submission Due: October 18
  • Equipment Registration Due: October 18
  • Equipment Shipping Arrival Due: November 1*

*Each company will be responsible for shipping their own equipment. Spirent will start receiving equipment on Oct 28. Equipment must be received by November 1. Please ship equipment to the following address:

Attn: Paul To / Plugfest
Spirent Communications Inc
1325 Borregas Avenue / Sunnyvale, CA 94089 / USA
Phone +1 408 203 3867


Spirent Communications
1325 Borregas Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Spirent’s campus includes plenty of free parking. There will be several meeting rooms available for private conferences with conference phones and video conferencing equipment.


Country Inn Suites Sunnyvale
1300 Chesapeake Terrace / Sunnyvale, CA 94089 / Phone +1 408 747 0999
Request the Spirent rate: $139.00

Larkspur Landing Sunnyvale
748 North Mathilda Avenue / Sunnyvale, CA 94086 / Phone +1 408 733 1212
Request the Spirent rate: $179.00

Staybridge Suites Sunnyvale
900 Hamlin Court / Sunnyvale, CA 94089 / Phone +1 408 745 1515
Request the Spirent rate: $165.00


Registration is limited to 50 individuals so the number of attendees per company may be limited. We expect to provide remote access to equipment, and remote participation through Adobe Connect or Webex.

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Testing Goals

This event will give vendors the opportunity to perform interoperability testing with other vendors’ software and hardware. In many cases this may be pre-release hardware or software. This is considered a non-disclosure event, covered by the ONF membership agreement. Only high-level results and participation will be shared outside the ONF.

This event is expected to show improvements and progress in implementations since the previous PlugFest. We expect vendors to use this event to test new features, features that have not been interoperability tested before or features that experienced issues in previous interoperability testing that need retesting. This is not a showcase or demonstration event, although vendors may use this as a proof of concept event in preparation for more public testing.

This event will primarily focus on testing of OpenFlow® 1.3. The format will be somewhat different from previous events.

Initial testing will be 1 controller to 1 switch. Each controller vendor will pair up with a switch vendor to run through a series of standard tests defined by the Testing and Interop Working Group. Once standard tests are completed, additional tests may be run to verify basic interoperability of functions required for controller/application specific test plans to be run later in the week.

Once every switch vendor has had the opportunity for 1:1 testing with each controller vendor, we will move on to stage 2 testing with small topologies of 2 or 3 switches per controller. Initial topology selection will be made based on interoperability results from the 1:1 testing. Each controller vendor will run through another series of basic interoperability tests as defined by the T&IWG before moving on to their submitted test plan.

There will be multiple small topology slots to allow as many switch vendors to participate with as many controller vendors as possible.

The final stage will be to enlarge test topologies for relevant test cases and vendors that are able to successfully complete the small topology test cases.

To submit a Test Plan, fill out the test plan portion of the registration form. Test Plan outlines must be submitted by October 18. Please include the following:

  • General Description
  • All required OpenFlow® Features
  • Time Required to Complete Test Plan

Test plan submissions will be evaluated by the Testing and Interop Working Group.

Results will be shared in the form of a whitepaper describing the environment and general descriptions of test cases. In additional technical document will report many of the issues encountered. The purpose of the technical document is to provide feedback to the ONF standards development teams and guidance to implementers. Both documents will be authored and reviewed within the Testing and Interop WG prior to publishing. Public documentation of prior events is published on the ONF Specification – Testing page.

Contacting the Lab

Paul To
paul.to@spirent.com / Phone +1 408 203 3867
Note: Sunnyvale is in the Pacific Time zone and observes DST.


Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided each morning. A working lunch will be provided on-site each day. ONF will host a dinner out one evening. Spirent will host an evening reception with food and drinks.

Wednesday, October 30
10:00 am – 5:00 pmspacerPre-Staging
Thursday, October 31
10:00 am – 5:00 pmspacerPre-Staging
Friday, November 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pmspacerPre-Staging
Sunday, November 3 (by appointment only)
10:00 am – 5:00 pmspacerPre-Staging
Monday, November 4
7:30 am    spacerLab opens. Breakfast available.
8:00 am – 9:30 am Final Staging
9:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome and Kick-Off Meeting
10:00 am – 6:00 pm 1:1 Testing
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wrap Up
7:00 pm   Lab Closes

Tuesday, November 5
7:30 am   Lab opens. Breakfast available.
8:30 am   Day 1 Recap
9:00 am – 6:00 pm 1:1 Testing
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wrap Up
7:00 pm   Lab Closes
7:00 pm   ONF Dinner. Location TBD.

Wednesday, November 6
7:30 am   Lab opens. Breakfast available.
8:30 am   Day 2 Recap
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Small Topology Testing
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wrap Up
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tours
7:00 pm   On-site Reception
8:30 pm   Claim laptops from secured room

Thursday, November 7
7:30 am   Lap opens. Breakfast available.
8:30 am   Day 3 Recap
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Small Topology Testing
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Large Topology Testing
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Wrap Up
7:00 pm   Lab Closes

Friday, November 8
7:30 am   Lap opens. Breakfast available.
8:00 am   Day 4 Recap
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Large Topology Testing
1:00 pm   Wrap Up Meeting
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Teardown
5:00 pm   Lab Closes

Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement

All participants (one per company) are mandated to complete an ONF non-disclosure agreement binding their behavior and speech regarding events at the plugfest. The agreement will be binding on plugfests in 2013 and 2014. Companies not submitting the ONF non-disclosure agreement will not be allowed to participate in the plugfest. Given the channels that such documents often need to take, participants are encouraged to begin the submission and approval process for this document immediately.

pdfNDA (please download)

Additionally, PlugFest participants are reminded that all activities will take place on the grounds of an ONF member company, which has a reasonable expectation of privacy and confidentiality on its premises. Participants are expected to respect those areas and information that are identified as “off limits” by the event host.