Lime Micro (Guildford, UK), provider of open source Software Defined Radio products for 2G to 5G wireless networks, has announced its collaboration with the CORD Project – this work forms a key part in Lime’s commitment with service and solutions providers to drive innovation around open source CORD-based platforms to solve the challenges in universal and reliable cellular coverage.
Building on the success of the original CORD Project, an open source project that delivers cloud economics and agility to the telco central office, the MCORD expands the scope of the proof-of-concept to include specific uses cases of SDN (software defined networking) and NFV (network function virtualzation) for mobility wireless applications. The ability to seamlessly integrate new technologies such as Cloud RAN (radio access network) (C-RAN), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and virtualize core functions such as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) provide an innovative and scalable solution for many of the issues faced by carriers as they expand existing networks and look to the needs of the future.
“Lime Micro recognizes the potential of ONOS as an open source SDN platform and the service provider solutions it enables. The MCORD architecture combined with our open source virtualized RAN hardware implementation, should bring about the basis for highly innovative application enabled services,” said Ebrahim Bushehri CEO of Lime Micro.
“We recognize that building a CORD reference implementation is an ambitious initiative that relies on community collaboration. We’re pleased to welcome Lime Micro to the CORD Project and look forward to the development of new and varied services and applications that the company and its ecosystem of suppliers will bring to market,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of ON.Lab’s CORD Project. “CORD Project and Lime Micro both share a vision to build mobile networks using open networking technologies.”
CORD is advancing an integrated solutions platform that allows service providers to exploit merchant silicon, white boxes, and open source software platforms to offer today’s traditional connectivity services, as well as tomorrow’s cloud-based services, to residential, enterprise and mobile customers.
ONOS (https://wiki.onosproject.org/display/ONOS/Downloads) and CORD (https://opencord.org/download/) are available for download. More information about partnerships, features, and joining ONOS and CORD is also available online.
CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacentre) brings datacentre economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org. https://opencord.org
CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation (https://www.linuxfoundation.org) the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.
Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) is a non-profit organization founded by SDN inventors and leaders from Stanford University and UC Berkeley to foster open source communities for developing tools and platforms to realize the full potential of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies. ON.Lab provides engineering resources on behalf of the open source ONOS, CORD, and Mininet projects among others. For further information on ON.Lab, visit https://onlab.us.
Lime Microsystems, designer and manufacturer of Field Programmable RF transceivers produces software configurable chips that can run any mobile standard and any mobile frequency and have been used in mobile base stations and small cells, SDR platforms, indoor navigation and machine-to-machine communication systems. https://www.limemicro.com