Open Source SDN/NFV/MEC Toolkits & Testbeds Work Group within the IEEE SDN Initiative

Research and development around Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is vast and testbeds and related toolkits in academia addressing SDN, NFV, Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and 5G technologies are being set-up. A strong impact on the industry is anticipated.

The present work group addresses the difficulty to maintain an overview of the available toolkits and to identify their proper operation and which combinations make sense. The group aims to provide a living catalogue of available open source toolkits in the SDN/NFV/MEC context allowing PhD students around the world to get started in these technologies.

With the involvement and support from the community the toolkits can be extended and valuable input to emerging standards and products can be provided.

Main objective of the Working Group is to enable academia and industry with a maintained living catalogue of SDN/NFV/MEC related Open-Source Software Toolkits with the purpose of setting-up Open Testbeds.

Towards an NFV/SDN/MEC Taxonomy and Reference Architecture

So far, for a quick start the following technology domains are foreseen:

  • SDN Switches, Controllers, APIs, OS
  • NFV Virtual Infrastructure
  • NFV Service Chaining and NFV/SDN Programming
  • NFV VNFs for different domains:
  • End Systems
  • vRAN
  • Virtual Core Networks
  • Multimedia Services, e.g. vIMS
  • M2M/IOT
  • Disruptive VNF architectures
  • MEC

(List might be adapted according to the evolving requirements)

Who we are

The original idea for this Work Group is a result from the UNIversities for Future Internet (UNIFI, project (2012-2015).

Both academia and industry from all around the world support this Work Group:


Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, BT, KDDI



TU Berlin, TU Munich, Uni Würzburg, Germany
University of Bologna, Italy
UPMC, France
Aalto University, Finland
Karlskrona, Sweden
University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
University de Chile, Chile
University des los Andes, Columbia
University of Campinas, Brazil
Hannoi University for Science and Technologies, Vietnam
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Tokyo University, Japan

Fraunhofer FOKUS is one of the drivers for this new Work Group.

FOKUS has 15 years of experience in Open-Source toolkits for applied R&D within the converging telco and internet domain. The institute is a global pioneer in providing open testbeds and the related toolkits for emerging and disruptive telecoms technologies for major universities, research institutes, and global industry players (operators, vendors, integrators). The Fraunhofer FOKUS toolkits are used by many researchers and R&D Projects around the globe as an alternative solution to standard-based but specific vendor products.


Work Group Chairs

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz
Head of Competence Center NGNI
Fraunhofer FOKUS
Berlin, Germany
Email: thomas [dot] magedanz [at] fokus [dot] fraunhofer [dot] de


Prof. Dr. Christian Rothenberg

Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation (DCA)
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FEEC)
University of Campinas
Campinas, Brazil
Email: chesteve [at] dca [dot] fee [dot] unicamp [dot] br