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The ONF and P4.Org Complete Combination to Accelerate Innovation in Operator-Led Open Source

Becomes a Project Hosted by ONF

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 9, 2019– The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) today announced that it has completed the combination with P4.org, and will host all P4 activities and working groups moving forward. The ONF will bring the P4 work under its umbrella of operator-led open source SDN projects, and, as with all ONF projects, the ONF will aim to strategically align P4 activities with the Linux Foundation to advance our shared mission of promoting open source as a tool for transformation and innovation.  The P4 project will continue to operate as before with minimal disruption while benefiting from strategic alignment with ONF and from ONF’s operational infrastructure and expertise. 

“The entire ONF team is extremely pleased to be joining with
the P4 community to grow our combined ecosystem.  We see great synergy between all the ONF
projects and P4, and our Stratum and COMAC projects are already making use of
P4 in innovative ways.  More closely
aligning our activities will be of benefit to both communities, and we expect
P4 to play a pivotal role as we continue to pursue the broader Next-Generation
SDN agenda,” said Guru Parulkar,
executive director and board member for the Open Networking Foundation

“P4.org helped grow the fledgling P4
language into the de-facto industry standard way to describe how switches,
routers and NICs process packets. The synergies with ONF are clear: Both
organizations develop community-owned open-source software for networking. It's
time for P4.org to be part of a larger, more established organization that can
keep it open, independent and steadily growing for many more years to
come," said Nick McKeown, Stanford
Professor and co-founder and board member of the ONF and P4.org

Practical Impact for P4 Members
Practically speaking, moving the P4 project under the umbrella of the ONF is intended to be minimally disruptive to the P4 community.  Specifically

  • All the P4
    properties are still active (like p4.org,
    github.com/p4lang/, etc.)
  • All P4 mailing
    lists remain active
  • All P4 working
    groups remain active and under the same leadership
  • All P4 members
    can continue to work on all P4 related activities
  • As before, no
    fees are required to continue to participate in all P4 activities

About P4.org
The P4 Language Consortium is a non-profit organization building a thriving open source community dedicated to the use and improvement of the P4 language. It helps promote standardization and improvement of the P4 language and enables participants to develop new technologies that function in accordance with the P4 language specification. P4.org has over 100 members from industry and academia.

About the Open Networking Foundation:
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is an operator led consortium spearheading
disruptive network transformation. Now the recognized leader for open source
solutions for operators, the ONF first launched in 2011 as the standard bearer
for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Led by its operator partners AT&T,
China Unicom, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Google, NTT Group and Turk Telekom,
the ONF is driving vast transformation across the operator space. For further
information, visit https://onfstaging1.opennetworking.org


Media Contact:

Greg Cross
PR for the Open Networking Foundation
email: greg@onfstaging1.opennetworking.org