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2020 SEBA/VOLTHA Community Award Recipients Announced

Jul 8, 2020
Denise Barton
Denise Barton About the author

ONF is very pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Community Contributor Awards for ONF’s broadband projects (SEBA and VOLTHA). During Saurav Das’ live keynote presentation, “SEBA’s Evolution in 2020 and Looking Forward”, delivered as part of  the virtual ONF Spotlight – Broadband forum on July 8th, he announced recipients of the awards. Award recipients were nominated by the community in recognition of their efforts.

Two award categories of Community Contributor Awards are cited – one for individuals who have continued to make contributions to the projects over multiple years and one for individuals who began making significant project contributions over the past year. 

Congratulations and a warm thanks to all of this year’s award winners! The ONF open source broadband projects have significantly benefited from the efforts of these community contributors as well as many others.

SEBA/VOLTHA Community Award – Multi-Year Contributor

Girish Gowdra, ONF

  • Outstanding technical contributions spanning multiple years
  • A key contributor to the OLT adaptor and agent activity and a key architect of the broader codebase
  • Led the BAL brigade through multiple BAL versions
  • Debugged many many issues in the code base with his full stack knowledge. 
  • Helped many with code reviews and manual testing of their patches
  • Has brought significant knowledge of software architecture and coding practice along with attention to detail helping everyone improve their contributions

 

Matt Jeanneret, AT&T

  • Outstanding technical contributions spanning multiple years
  • A key architect and contributor to the VOLTHA codebase, and especially the ONU adaptor and OMCI library 
  • Manual testing of several contributions, which was invaluable during the SEBA surge while the automated testing environment was maturing 
  • Has brought significant knowledge of software architecture and coding practice along with attention to detail helping everyone improve their contributions 
  • Many thoughtful code reviews which is a tedious and often under-appreciated job that he willingly took on to improve everyone’s code quality

 

Khenaidoo Nursimulu, Ciena

  • Outstanding technical contributions spanning multiple years
  • A key contributor to the VOLTHA-Go activity and a key architect of the broader codebase
  • Has brought significant knowledge of software architecture and coding practice along with attention to detail helping everyone improve their contributions. 
  • Many thoughtful code reviews which is a tedious and often under-appreciated job that he willingly took on to improve everyone’s code quality

 

Matteo Scandolo, ONF

  • Outstanding contributions to the scalability of VOLTHA through his work leading the BBSim and Scalability brigade
  • Excellence in testing for scale and ability to track down and fix scaling issues
  • Single handedly developed the scale testing environment, the scale test tool BBSim, and automated scale tests. 
  • Strong contributions across the codebase, with the ability to make contributions to all parts of the code and test infrastructure, greatly improving the quality of the project

 

SEBA/VOLTHA Community Award – Contributor

Scott Baker, ONF

  • Leadership excellence of the FCAPS and POD management brigade, as well as major contributions in a number of technical areas 
  • One of the most prolific developers taking on issues and solving them
  • Brings an enthusiastic can-do attitude to everything he takes on that greatly influences the success of all team members

 

Burak Gurdag, Netsia

  • Major contributions to the BAL brigade, in testing BAL versions and contributions to the OpenOLT Agent
  • Brings deep knowledge and understanding of the BAL software and good field deployment insights to the project
  • Many thoughtful code reviews, a tedious and often under-appreciated job that he willingly took on to improve everyone’s code quality

 

Kent Hagerman, Ciena

  • Significant contributions to the VOLTHA core making it much more modular, simple, and performant
  • Many thoughtful code reviews, a tedious and often under-appreciated job that he willingly took on to improve everyone’s code quality

 

Jason Huang, EdgeCore

  • Outstanding support of Edgecore devices and excellence in BAL brigade contributions
  • Handles all Edgecore patches while providing support for the Edgecore devices used in the development and test networks for all of the VOLTHA community
  • Known for his prompt and thorough attention to support needs helping everyone be more productive

 

Esin Karaman, Netsia

  • Major contributions of multicast functionality to the SEBA platform, a key feature required by the operators 
  • Delivery of a very high quality multicast implementation on time

 

Suchitra Vemuri, ONF

  • Outstanding leadership of the test automation effort, a critical undertaking that would not have happened without her. 
  • Led the ONF QA team and the Test and Automation brigade putting in countless hours developing automated test infrastructure and test cases while helping everyone debug issues found in testing
  • Surge would not have happened without her contributions and leadership

 

Hardik Windlass, Infosys

  • Excellence in the end-to-end testing of the Deutsche Telekom solution and for finding and helping to fix failure scenarios
  • Strong knowledge across the code base coupled with excellence in testing, finding, debugging, and fixing issues

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Denise Barton
Denise BartonMarketing Director