Monday, October 1, 2012

Big Switch's Rob Sherwood to Chair ONF's Architecture Working Group

Rob Sherwood, who is Principal Architect at Big Switch Networks, has been appointed chair of the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) new Architecture & Framework Working Group (ArchWG). The ONF ArchWG will map out the scope of SDN in terms of architecture and framework for OpenFlow and other components. 
At Big Switch, Sherwood is credited with developing and evangelizing the emerging OpenFlow standard and network virtualization. He has been heavily involved in the standards development and evolution since OpenFlow 0.82 and was most recently vice-chair for the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group; he has also been recognized twice as an ONF "Outstanding Technical Contributor."  
Dan Talayco, another Member of the Technical Staff at Big Switch Networks, serves as vice-chair of the ONF's Hybrid Programmable Forwarding Plane Working Group.
"The efforts of the Architecture and Framework Working Group are of central importance to all of ONF's work and to everyone interested in SDN," said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. "This working group will help us advance the adoption of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol, and the deep SDN expertise possessed by active ONF members will lead the industry to rapidly utilize the OpenFlow framework for implementation on hardware forwarding, hypervisor, and applications targets as well as the all-important provision of valuable services built on the OpenFlow foundation."

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