Nebula Award Winners

2019 Nebula Award Winners What is the Nebula Award?

The Nebula Award recognizes teams of employees for their accomplishments. The team demonstrates hard work and determination for a particular project or task which could include a development sprint team or a team established to complete a short term project. 

The Nebula award is awarded twice each year during the Summer and Winter. The winning team receives a cash bonus that is split evenly between team members. This is a great way to award teams and student employees for going above and beyond the call of duty within their testing groups. 

Congratulations to our award winners!

Summer 2019: PoE Team

2019 was an exciting and challenging time for the PoE team, Marc Tausanovitch, Joe Lagasse, Tim Ryan, and Matt Dodge, where they were faced with the monolithic goal of developing a full test solution of HW and SW for the upcoming ‘Gen-2’ Ethernet Alliance Certification Program. This testing solution needed to evaluate the conformance of ‘4-Pair’ PoE devices. These PDs (Powered Device) and PSEs (Power Sourcing Equipment) are defined in Clause 145 of IEEE 802.3, generally recognized as one of the most convoluted and controversial standards in recent IEEE 802.3 history.

One of the greatest opportunities an IOL employee encounters during their time at the lab is to put their mark on a test tool that will get use for years to come.  Sometimes this means improving an existing tool for further test coverage or to improve testing efficiency. Other times, a team is essentially starting from a blank slate. The current PoE team has been an impressive example of the latter.

This PoE team has been impressive with the undertaking of this project from both an internal and external perspective. The team learned to act as IOL representatives exemplifying our thought leadership by working with experts in the Industry. From frequently changing test plan procedures, to unforeseen development challenges, great progress only occurred because of an understanding and commitment to the common goal, and hard developed team dynamic. 

Winter 2019: OPNFV Team 

The OPNFV Team, Parker Berberian and Sawyer Bergeron, have done outstanding work in the Lab as a Service (LaaS) project, working directly with the Linux Foundation and the open source community  to develop and deploy the LaaS 2.0 implementation. This new release enables community users to book multiple hardware resources (servers), while configuring the underlay networking to create a single larger resource that can be used for OPNFV or ONAP deployments and development support. This work has required large scale improvements to the existing infrastructure, including control of the switches to automatically provision the networking to meet the user's requirements. To enable that feature, Parker and Sawyer had to create information models to capture the user's configuration via the web portal, and then the lab back-end systems act upon that configuration. Parker and Sawyer regularly participate in Linux Foundation meetings, providing status updates and reports on their development progress, while also supporting users of the service, answering questions, and providing debugging support. They both respond extremely well to feedback from the industry and their peers, and have helped set a positive feel to the Open Source efforts (OPNFV, DPDK, OFA, etc.) within the UNH-IOL. Their leading role in this Linux Foundation project has helped pave the way for future open source projects and collaboration.