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Project: Yardstick - Infrastructure Verification

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The goal of the Yardstick Project is to verify the infrastructure compliance when running VNF applications.

NFV Use Cases described in ETSI GS NFV 001 show a large variety of applications, each defining specific requirements and complex configuration on the underlying infrastructure and test tools.The Yardstick concept decomposes typical VNF work-load performance metrics into a number of characteristics/performance vectors, which each of them can be represented by distinct test-cases.

The project's scope is to develop a test framework, test cases and test stimuli. The methodology used by the Project, to verify the infrastructure form the perspective of a VNF, shall be aligned with ETSI TST001.

  • Meetings:
    • Weekly coordination meeting: Thursdays 14h00 UTC, see Meeting details
    • Work meetings:
      • IRC only - channel: #opnfv-yardstick
      • Mondays & Thursdays UTC 8h30 - 9h00
      • Mondays UTC 15h00 - 16h00
    • Design sessions and Cross-OPNFV Projects cooperation: see details


The following are in the project scope:

  • Decompose VNF work-load performance metrics into a number of characteristics/performance vectors, identifying and categorizing the metrics related to characterization of the infrastructure, develop test case examples to realize the metrics;
  • Enable verification of more complex test cases by developing functionality to run parallel testing, inject fault, test multiple topologies, test scenarios.
  • Methodology for verifying infrastrucuture from the perspective of a VNF aligned with ETSI TST 001.


Contact Yardstick

You can reach us in any of the following ways: post your suggestion is the relevant page, contact us on IRC channel #opnfv-yardstick or send an e-mail to with [opnfv-tech-discuss][Yardstick] <your text> on the subject

Reference Material

OPNFV Summit, Nov 9-12 2015

Presentations and Demos

  • Test & Performance Weekly Meeting, October 1st


  • Test & Performance Weekly Meeting, September 3rd


  • Test & Performance Weekly Meeting, August 27th


  • Test & Performance Weekly Meeting, August 20th


  • Test & Performance Weekly Meeting, June 18th



yardstick installation (OPNFV YouTube channel)
virtual Traffic Classifier demo (OPNFV YouTube channel)
ApexLake demo (OPNFV YouTube channel)


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yardstick.txt · Last modified: 2016/03/23 09:15 by Ana Cunha