ETSI OSM organizes its first fully remote Hackfest with a record number of participants.


Sophia Antipolis, 16 March 2020

These are special times where many face-to-face meetings are being postponed or canceled. But when the going gets tough, the tough gets going and ETSI OSM opted for reorganizing its Hackfest, originally planned as a physical event in Madrid from 9 to 12 March 2020, as a fully remote event. What originally seemed a huge challenge due to the hands-on approach and the high level of interaction required in a Hackfest, proved possible in a record time thanks to the outstanding engagement of the OSM community and the means provided by ETSI, making this Hackfest one of the best attended ever. The 4 days of Hackfest were run in parallel with the OSM Mid-Release EIGHT meeting and the OSM Ecosystem Day, also held remotely.

With more than 20 hours of presentations, hands-on sessions and demos led by key contributors from the OSM community, the Hackfest gathered over 100 highly motivated participants, who were able to complete hands on sessions remotely on a shared lab environment provided by ETSI, through their Hub for Validation and Interoperability (HIVE). 

“We are amazed by the traction and outcome of our first remote Hackfest and mid-Release meeting,” says the newly elected OSM Technical Steering Committee Chair, José Miguel Guzmán. “The high participation and the amount of interaction and collaboration seen last week during the technical discussions (despite the remote conditions) are a clear sign of the robustness of the project and the commitment of the community towards delivering Release EIGHT and bringing OSM to production.”

The support of cloud-native network functions, one of the key features delivered in OSM Release SEVEN, was one of the most expected sessions of this Hackfest, and provided OSM users an excellent opportunity to experiment with cutting-edge cloud native scenarios and build network services leveraging on a huge ecosystem of over 20,000 pre-existing production-ready applications.

Overall, the Hackfest offered a wide range of sessions, including an overview of the OSM architecture, the installation of OSM in Kubernetes, system monitoring, network services instantiation, high performance and autoscaling, automation of VNF Day 1 and 2 operations, and the end-to-end onboarding in OSM of a cloud-native Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

During the OSM Ecosystem Day held on Thursday, 12 March, various organizations in the OSM ecosystem shared the way they are using and deploying OSM today and how it is helping them to achieve their goals. Presentations and demos covered a wide range of aspects from research activities in academia to production deployments and commercial initiatives, most of them focused in 5G use cases. All the Hackfest and Ecosystem Day material, presentations and artifacts are available on the OSM wiki, and the recordings of the sessions are available on the OSM YouTube channel.


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