OpenFlow® Conformance Certification

Conformance Testing Program Overview

The OpenFlow® specification is the first Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standard and a vital element of an open software-defined network architecture. The OpenFlow® Conformance Certification for networking vendors demonstrates compliance with the OpenFlow® specification for hardware such as switches and routers, as well as the network software.

labToday's customers are looking for deployment-ready solutions for their networking environments and future looking for compatibility with the increasing number of SDN solutions built on the OpenFlow® specification. An ONF OpenFlow® Conformance certification is the highest level of assurance available in the market today to validate product conformance with a specific version of the OpenFlow® specification. All Conformance testing is performed by independent, accredited testing labs around the world, providing both impartial validation and ONF endorsement. Recently, ONF announced the expansion of the Conformance Testing program to include testing for non-ONF members, to enable broader adoption of Open SDN. 

Certificate of Conformance and Logo usage:

openflow-certified-smVendors that earn an ONF Certificate of Conformance gain the right to use the globally-recognized ONF OpenFlow® Conformant logo for their compliant products and website. The logo identifies the version of the OpenFlow® specification to which the product conforms. It can be used on physical products, software documentation, websites, and marketing material, as described in the ONF trademarklogo guidelines, and conformant logo guidelines. Vendors that earn Certificates of Conformance are also listed on the ONF website, providing an additional competitive advantage.

To learn more about the ONF OpenFlow® Conformance Testing Program, please download our program brochure.

Available Certificates

Available ONF OpenFlow® Conformance Designation Types

OpenFlow Switch v1.3.4
The Basic Single Table Conformance Test Profile is primarily based upon features listed as mandatory in the Openflow Switch Specification 1.3.4.

OpenFlow Switch v1.0
ONF offers OpenFlow® Switch Specification 1.0.1 Certificates of Conformance for Full Conformance, Layer 3 Conformance, and Layer 2 Conformance. Vendors have three certification options because support of some applications does not require the use of all 12 match fields described in the OpenFlow® Switch Specification 1.0.0 (Errata 1.0.1). To allow support of "specialized" devices designed to support only a specific subset of functions, three profiles were defined to specify required match fields to support the most common applications.

Please refer to the OpenFlow® Test Specification for more detailed information on test cases and profile requirements. Specific test requirements and costs for each certificate are available from the test lab.

Authorized Test Labs

ONF Authorized Conformance Testing Labs: Trusted Partners for Your Products

Beijing Internet Institute (BII)
incntre-logoONF has selected Beijing Internet Institute (BII) as its first international certified conformance testing lab in Asia. BII is an independent, private company with a keen interest in promoting the development of the Next Generation Internet: IPv6 and SDN, focusing on Technology Research, Promotion, Testing & Certification to support a secure, stable, extensible and interoperable Internet. The certified testing lab establishes conformance testing in China and provides SDN technical testing services to global clients. BII’s testing lab in China evaluates vendors’ networking products for interoperability, conformance, function, and performance. The company will expand its evaluation services by partnering with ONF to test SDN and OpenFlow® conformance. The lab will also offer organizations the opportunity to receive OpenFlow® certification of their products.

Criterion Network Labs
Bangalore, India
incntre-logoONF has selected Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs) as the first certified conformance testing lab in India. CNLabs, an independent division of Criterion Networks India Pvt. Ltd, is a network interoperability lab dedicated for testing emerging networking products, technologies and solutions. The current offerings of CNLabs include conformance, performance and interoperability testing services for IPv6 and SDN enabled network products, protocols and technology solutions.

As an ONF-accredited testing facility, CNLabs establishes OpenFlow® conformance testing capabilities in India and provides SDN testing services to global clients. Vendors can engage CNLabs to evaluate their networking products for conformance, performance, and interoperability and receive OpenFlow® certification through ONF’s Conformance Testing Program.

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
Daejeon, Korea
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has completed SDN Testing Labs Validation and Proficiency Requirements and is now an Authorized SDN testing Lab. incntre-logo ETRI has a network testing lab dedicated to testing networking products, technologies and solutions through industry collaboration. The network testing lab, accredited by Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, is focused on research and development of technology, standards and test methods for network devices.

ETRI is a global ICT research institute, founded in 1976, it has been making immense effort to provide Korea a remarkable growth in the field of ICT industry. ETRI delivers Korea as one of the top ICT nations in the World, by increasingly developing world’s first and best technologies.

Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
incntre-logoONF has selected Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) as the first independent lab approved for ONF OpenFlow® Conformance Testing. As part of Indiana University (IU), InCNTRE is a hub of education, research, training, and development for the adoption of the OpenFlow® specification and other standards-based Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies. Through initiatives such as the SDN Interoperability Lab, the Summer of Networking internship program, and networking research collaborations, InCNTRE has developed resources that will accelerate the next generation of networking. InCNTRE has long been a part of the SDN ecosystem, and is delighted to be accepted as ONF’s first authorized OpenFlow® Conformance Testing program.

Network Benchmarking Lab (NBL) at National Chiao Tung University
nblNBL (Network Benchmarking Lab), hosted by National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan as a test service and tool provider, is a third-party laboratory dedicated to functionality, conformance, interoperability, performance, and stability testing on switch/router, security, wireless, and VoIP products.  In addition to common test methodologies and tools, NBL utilizes campus real traffic for live and replay testing and a generic test framework for automatic script-based testing.  Through industrial and academic collaboration, NBL now offers conformance, robustness, and interoperability test services and tools for SDN-enabled appliances and applications to global clients.

Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) hosted by China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT (CATR)
Beijing, China
CTTL-LogoONF welcomes Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) hosted by China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT to the family of certified conformance testing labs.  CTTL, founded in 1981, has labs in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Chongqing and is focused on research & development of technology, standards and test methods for telecommunication network equipment.  In addition, CTTL provides a variety of services including products inspection, test & verification, metrologyy for test instruments and evaluation of communication software.  We provide comprehensive services and support to government departments, network operators, product designers and manufacturers.  CTTL has established its quality system according to the ISO/IEC 17025 and achieved successful accreditation certificates from China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) and foreign accreditation bodies (e.g. DakkS, Germany).  CTTL also offers equipment testing & inspection services as well as calibration & metrology services for manufacturers of measuring instruments.

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL)
Durham, New Hampshire, USA
ONF has selected University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) as a certified conformance testing lab. The UNH-IOL is a neutral, third-party laboratory dedicated to testing data networking technologies through industry collaboration.

Approved Test Tools

For OpenFlow®  v1.3 Basic Single Table




For OpenFlow®  v1.0

 OF Test