Why OpenFlow Hub?

For many of us who have gotten involved with OpenFlow over the last few years, the starting point was openflow.org and noxrepo.org. We read the spec, downloaded NOX and one of the OpenFlow software switches, played with the learning switch example and then started experimenting from there. It was fun.

As corporate interest around OpenFlow has grown and the “state of the art” is increasingly pushed forward by commercial products rather than the academic community, a lot of the leading edge work is now hidden from view. Many of the people who have been involved in OFH have been, admittedly, a part of this trend – a number of us work for various companies involved in OpenFlow.

That is part of why a group of us got together to start this site. The goal was to create a soap box for people leading interesting OpenFlow-related projects. We believe that even in a landscape of increasingly commercial activity, there is plenty of room (or even a necessity) for open source utilities, reference implementations, teaching aids, test tools, experimental designs and even community alternatives to commercial products. *All* OpenFlow projects are welcome here.

The initial projects you see were originally written by Big Switch Networks and Stanford, with additional projects and authors coming over the next few months. If you have a project and you’re looking for a place to host-and-boast, we hope that The Hub can be a part of your plans. We offer a set of customizable tier-1 tools to help you best manage your project: Confluence (wiki), Jira (bugtracker), and vBulletin (forum). We also have a (small) team here to help you to get the word out about your project.

We are comitted to keep OpenFlow Hub separate from any commercial efforts. OpenFlow Hub will host any OpenFlow project, even if it goes against anyones commercial strategy. You pick what license you like, you retain all ownership of your project and you are free to take it somewhere else if you ever want to.

If you have a project you’d like to host on the Hub, just drop us a note at projects@openflowhub.org and we’ll set it up.

Guido, David, Kyle & Alex for the Hub Team

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