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OPNFV Projects

The activities of the Community are organized into projects, which are targeting different areas within the scope of OPNFV including all the support functions to create and maintain the infrastructure and toolchains we use.

Project lifecycle overview

OPNFV defines four maturity levels that each project goes through during its lifecycle. The procedure of moving from one level to the next one is independent from the releases of OPNFV and the pace depends on each individual project.

The lifecycle of the projects is depicted on the following diagrams:

Project states

Project state Description
Proposal The first step for a project is the project Proposal state. This phase has to include a clear project scope and plan. At this stage the project does not need to have a full list of resources, but the indication to work on having resource coverage and diversity for the work they are planning.
Incubation When a project moves to Incubation level, it has to have the proper resource coverage and a minimum diversity. At this stage the project is still considered to be nascent, the work following the Agile flow described in the development process can be started.
Mature In order to move to Mature level the project has to be considered as stable. It also has to successfully participate in multiple OPNFV releases before this stage.
Integration The highest state a project can reach is Integration, at this level it is considered to be an integral part of the OPNFV reference platform and/or ecosystem.
Archived Regardless of the level of the project it can happen during its lifecycle that the activities within it are stopped. The project can be archived because of failure or the lack of resource coverage, etc. or it can successfully accomplish its goals and considered to be finished. In either case the project should be removed from active state and has to be moved to the Archived stage.


Moving between levels can only be done by official review procedures.


During the reviews the candidate projects are evaluated based on predefined metrics and KPIs. The target numbers may vary for the different levels.

  • Longevity of the project
  • Active, diverse community
  • Project follows OPNFV release cadence
  • Requirements have resulted in corresponding implementations
    • Comprehensiveness and maturity of the artifacts (code, test cases, documentation) the project produces including contributions/code to partner/upstream projects where applicable
    • Mature testing/integration success for defined environments (OPNFV and/or partner/upstream projects, which is applicable or both)
  • Community
    • Size and diversity of the active community (number and diversity of people contributing)

Creation review

  • Proposal posted for two weeks:
    • Name (trademark) is okay
    • Project contact name and email
    • Description is complete
    • Scope and project plan is well defined
    • NFV requirement identified or new proposal prepared
    • Resources committed
    • Contributors identified
    • Committers to be elected by contributors
    • Meets BoD policy (IPR)
    • Proposal has been socialized with potentially interested or affected projects
    • Proposal email to TSC mailing list
  • Review by TSC: Confirm that the proposal is complete and the above listed requirements are met
  • Simple majority approval by voting TSC members

Graduation review

  • Graduation proposal posted for two weeks
    • Can demonstrate stable output (code base, documents) within its history of releases in accordance with release policy
    • Fulfils the applicable metrics defined above
  • TSC review and simple majority approval by voting TSC members for graduation
    • Review metrics are defined in order to have a common set of criteria each project can target and be evaluated against in a unified manner

Integration review

  • Integration proposal posted for two weeks
  • The project fulfils the applicable metrics from the set defined above and additionally the ones below:
    • Project is active
    • Project is shown to be viable component of OPNFV Reference Platform
    • Project build and test scripts have been created to work with the rest of Platform build
    • Project shown to not break continuous development and integration environment
  • History of releases in accordance with release policy
  • TSC review and simple majority approval by voting TSC members
  • Integration review assesses projects based on the metrics of the graduation review. In addition the project is required to have confirmed longevity (project is active for at least one year, participates in release activities, and has release plans outlined to stay active for at least another year)

Termination review

  • Termination proposal posted for two weeks
    • States reason for project termination being sought
      • Termination proposal to include acceptable triggers for termination
      • (e.g. protracted idleness, or request by the project)
    • Estimates impact on other projects and how to mitigate
    • Removal will not break Reference Platform builds
    • Location identified and links created for the archived project
  • Simple majority approval by voting TSC members
  • If no approval, remains in pre-reviewed state
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