Making software-defined networking (SDN) scalable, deploying SDN-friendly containers, SDN's role in IoT and lots more are on the list of topics that speakers will explore at next month's Open Networking Summit, which promotes open source SDN technologies.

The summit, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, will take place in Santa Clara from March 14-17. The Linux Foundation on Tuesday released the first list of speakers and topics. The complete program will be available next week.

We think these sessions are especially worth noting based on what the Linux Foundation has released so far:

  • Using SDN and Connectionless for IoT Devices, Anna Cui, AT&T
  • Container Network Interface: Network Plugins for rkt, Kubernetes and Beyond, Brandon Philips, CoreOS
  • Exploration of Large Scale Virtual Networks, David Wilder, IBM
  • ONOS and OpenDaylight: Crossing the Chasm, Mathieu Lemay, Inocybe Technologies
  • Project Atrium: SDN Based Routing & Fabric Solutions, Saurav Das, ONF

The event will also feature keynotes and plenary sessions from representatives of organizations like the Open Compute Project, Cisco, AT&T and -- presumably to give a taste of where capital investment in the SDN field is headed -- Andreessen Horowitz.

The summit looks to be enterprise-heavy, with less attention to how SDN is being used in other segments of the open source ecosystem. But that may be what makes it interesting, since it suggests that large businesses are now eager to adopt open source SDN solutions.