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NEP group refines Carrier Grade Linux req’s guidelines

Nov 30, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

The Scope Alliance has updated its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) “profile” paper, which aims to guide Linux standards bodies, distributors, and application providers in meeting NEP (network equipment provider) requirements. Operating System Profile, Version 1.1, prioritizes CGL 3.2 requirements and roadmap items in greater detail than did the first version.

Scope was founded last January by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, and Siemens, and today boasts 20 members, including Ericsson, Huawei, Lucent, Artesyn, Diversified Technology, Flextronics, GoAhead, HP, Intel, Interphase, Kontron, RadiSys, Samsung, Sun, and Wind River. The group aims to accelerate the adoption of off-the-shelf hardware and free software in the telecommunications industry, by serving as a liaison between standards bodies and commercial interests.

Scope published its first CGL profile paper in June. That paper broke down the OSDL's CGL 3.2 specification requirements and roadmap technologies, listing each as either “mandatory,” “desirable,” “not desirable,” “not required,” or “in OS already.”

The new paper adds greater granularity, breaking each CGL 3.2 requirement and roadmap technology into more specific individual components, each of which is then prioritized according to the same five-term scale. Scope says the updated profile reflects the expectations of NEPs for Linux operating systems today, pinpoints their priorities among “roadmap” CGL 3.2 items for tomorrow, and also identifies “extended NEP requirements not currently addressed in the CGL Requirements Definition 3.2.”

Scope says it worked closely with the OSDL in creating the new CGL profile paper, and expects the two organizations to “continue their efforts to maintain alignment” between the CGL specification and NEP needs.


The updated Linux profile (Ver 1.1) is available immediately and may be viewed and downloaded from the documents area of the Scope Alliance website.

Scope also maintains an ATCA profile paper aimed at guiding PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) in maintaining AdvancedTCA specifications, and TEMs (telecommunications equipment providers) in applying them.

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