SCTE/ISBE Goes Open-Source for Adaptive Power Play

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its international arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), said they are tapping the open source community to accelerate adoption of the organization’s Adaptive Power Systems Interface Specification (APSIS), which is designed to reduce power consumption in next-gen network equipment.

Under the plan, SCTE/ISBE will work with the OpenDaylight open source community to support the APSIS standard (SCTE 216 2015) by developing code based on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Energy Management framework.

SCTE/ISBE said they have made an open call for code contributors.

Frank Sandoval, senior director, software engineering, Comcast VIPER Platform Analytics and chair of the APSIS working group within the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program’s Energy Management Subcommittee, and Derek DiGiacomo, senior director, information systems and energy management for SCTE/ISBE, will serve as committers of the Energy Management plug-in project within OpenDaylight.

APSIS is one of more than a dozen standards linked to SCTE Energy 2020, an initiative that has identified targets that include a 20% reduction of power consumption on a unit basis, a 25% reduction in energy costs on a unit basis, a 10% reduction of grid dependency and an optimization of technical facility and data center footprints by 20%. 

Last year, Arris, WES and Concurrent Thinking Ltd. showed proof of concepts of new adaptive power technologies.

“Aligning power consumption with the ebbs and flows of service use can drive down energy use and improve service delivery,” said Sandoval, in a statement. “APSIS enables operators to use the principles of Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization to dramatically reduce overall power usage while improving reliability and quality of service. This is not only good for the environment, but it also helps lower costs.”

“Achieving our Energy 2020 goal of cost avoidance of $1 billion by the end of the decade requires our industry to mobilize all available technology resources,” added Dave Fellows, co-founder and CTO of Layer3 TV and chief scientist of the Energy 2020 program.  “Partnering with the OpenDaylight community allows us to dramatically expand the quantity and quality of resources that can be devoted to the creation of APSIS-compliant products.”