OpenFlow-Data Plane Abstraction Networking Software
Product Code: OF-DPA Software
OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) software enables development and deployment of scalable and high-performance OpenFlow-based Software-Defined Networking applications on widely deployed Broadcom-based switches.
OF-DPA is compliant with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) OpenFlow v1.3.4 specification. It defines and implements a hardware abstraction layer that maps the industry-leading StrataXGS® switch architecture to the OpenFlow™ 1.3.4 logical switch pipeline. OF-DPA enables OpenFlow performance at scale by utilizing the multiple hardware tables available in physical switches.
The OF-DPA specification and API are openly published. Reference implementations on multiple ODM- and OCP-compliant switch platforms are provided to enable a community and academia-based development ecosystem. It enables ODMs and OEMs to provide support for OpenFlow 1.3.4 on their deployed platforms with a software upgrade. Any OpenFlow v1.3.4-compliant controller and agent can be integrated with OF-DPA to enable popular SDN use cases such as Virtual Tenant Networks, Network Virtualization, Traffic Engineering and Service Chaining. Additional service provider use cases like MPLS-TP, OAM and protection switching have been added in OF-DPA 2.0.
OF-DPA software is available in two packages:
- An OEM & ODM Development Package (ODP), which is a full source code package distributed under Broadcom SLA.
- A Community Development Package (CDP), which is an Open API library with Application Development Kit distributed on GitHub.
- White Paper: Engineered Elephant Flows for Boosting Application Performance in Large-Scale CLOS Networks
- Product Brief: OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch Pipeline Specification and Software
- Specification: OpenFlow™ Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) Specification
- Technical Brief: Demonstration of End-to-End SDN-Enabled Enterprise Packet Transport Networks
- OpenFlow v1.3.4 pipeline mapping for StrataXGS switch silicon
- Openly published OF-DPA architecture specification, API Library and Application Development Kit
- Rich set of APIs to enable integration with OpenFlow Agent software
- Extensible APIs to support future versions of OpenFlow Protocol
- Portability across StrataXGS and StrataDNX architectures
- Supports SDN use cases including Virtual Tenant Networks, Network Virtualization, Traffic Engineering, MPLS, OAM and Protection Switching
|Dell is the first OEM to offer a Broadcom-based OF-DPA solution integrated on their N30xx family of 1 Gb Ethernet Layer 3 switches. After the upgrade, Layer 3 capabilities in the switch can optionally be configured by an external SDN controller optimized for scalability and performance. Learn more||China Mobile and Broadcom are collaborating on chip level solutions that are OF-DPA 2.0-based for transport networking. The solutions enable a wide array of existing switch solutions that can be rapidly deployed to meet China Mobile's Super-PTN application requirements and to unleash the full potential of OpenFlow™ over merchant silicon. Learn more|
|ZTE is adding OpenFlow™ capabilities to current and next generation CPE and hub nodes. ZTE’s OpenFlow™ solution is based on OF-DPA. Learn more||Accton is a leading provider of open network solutions. Broadcom and Accton have collaborated to port OF-DPA to multiple members of the Accton’s Edgecore open switch product line. Learn more|
|Advantech is a leading provider of embedded and automation products and solutions. Broadcom has worked closely with Advantech on porting OF-DPA to multiple members of their switch product family, all based on the industry leading Broadcom StrataXGS® architecture. Learn more||Using open Ethernet switch hardware and sophisticated SDN control software, Big Switch delivers networking solutions designed for enterprises, cloud providers and service providers. Broadcom uses Big Switch’s Indigo Project as the primary OpenFlow™ agent in OF-DPA. Learn more|
|Interface Masters, based in the Silicon Valley, is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Broadcom and Interface Masters jointly developed one of the first Open Compute Project Switches, which also supports OF-DPA. Learn more||Inventec is a leading original design manufacturer making a wide variety of computing and networking products, including high performance bare metal switches. Inventec works closely with Broadcom on porting OF-DPA to its switch product family. Learn more|
|The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN and OpenFlow® technologies and standards. The ONF has worked closely with Broadcom to integrate OF-DPA into Atrium, an open SDN software distribution running on bare metal hardware. Learn more||Quanta and Broadcom have worked together on porting OF-DPA to multiple members of the Quanta Cloud Technology network switch product family, all based on the industry-leading Broadcom StrataXGS® architecture. Learn more|
|Znyx is among the first companies shipping and openly promoting a Broadcom OF-DPA platform. Learn more||Datacom Telematica provides complete solutions, from backbone to access, with product lines including technologies like Metro Ethernet Switches, MSAN, GPON, NG-SDH and access products built on copper or fiber infrastructure. Datacom is integrating OF-DPA into its products. Learn more|