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BroadView™ is a software suite that offers programmable access to the internals of a switch in a fast and scalable manner. It delivers breakthrough solutions for dataplane tasks such as monitoring, congestion control and advanced troubleshooting. The software is offered as an open source for faster innovation and easier integration.
Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are fundamentally transforming data networks by disaggregating vertically integrated boxes and promoting open source technologies. Traditional analytics tools are not good enough to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by SDN such as network programmability, automation and optimization. Broadcom BroadView™ offers rich congestion analytics by facilitating real-time gathering of telemetry in a scalable manner, enabling pro-active congestion monitoring and mitigation. NFV-based multi-tenant networks offer greater ROI to companies, however, such networks are complex to troubleshoot because of lack of visibility. Advanced packet tracing features of BroadView™ delivers unprecedented visibility into packet flows, reducing complexity and increasing optimization of network resources.

BroadView™ API is supported across the industry-leading Broadcom silicon portfolio and delivers excellent application portability and better ROI.

BroadView™ 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


  • Buffer statistics tracking
  • Packet tracing and injection
  • Black hole detection
  • Performance metrics for BST
  • Drop counters due to congestion
  • Support for StrataXGS and StrataDNX silicon families
  • Reference implementation for applications: OpenStack, OpenDaylight, Ganglia
  • Open source with Apache 2.0 license


  • Carrier and Service Provider Servers (Processors)
  • Routers
  • Software-Defined Networking Solutions
  • Top-of-Rack Switches

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