This event will deliver technical sessions related to the acceleration of server-based networking data planes and VNFs using SmartNIC hardware within the framework of the NFVi and orchestration components in the OPNFV Danube software platform. Virtual switching data planes using Open vSwitch (OVS) and FD.IO (with VPP) will be discussed and offload architectures for such data planes into SmartNIC platforms will be presented. Extension of such data planes for VNF specific requirements utilizing micro-VNF sandbox functions utilizing P4 and/or C language programming will be presented and discussed. Early work defining VNF acceleration architectures and APIs for SmartNIC-accelerated data planes and VNF sandbox extensions will be presented and discussed, followed by a proposal to create a collaborative project to complete the definition of such an API within the frameworks of OPNFV and ETSI. In addition, a proposal for a Pharos community lab related VNF acceleration will be put forward by the Open-NFP organization.