OF-DPA Software

OpenFlow-Data Plane Abstraction Networking Software

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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 Activeed. 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.





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 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 Logo 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 Logo

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


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Agema Systems is a leading provider of high performance open-platform white box networking solutions that are available in bare metal or pre-loaded with third party extensible modular network operating systems (NOS). They provide customers freedom to implement software solutions that best fit their needs. Agema has integrated OF-DPA into its portfolio of open-networking products based on Broadcom switch ASIC technologies. Learn more


big switch networks

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


datacom 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
interface masters

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 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


qct 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 Znyx is among the first companies shipping and openly promoting a Broadcom OF-DPA platform. Learn more RunSDN RunSDN is an innovative company focused on developing end-to-end Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions for Carriers and Enterprise - SD-WAN and Transport SDN. Key element of the solutions is OpenFlow SDN controller - RunOS, supporting switches based on Broadcom chipsets with OF-DPA. Learn more


  • OpenFlow v1.3.4 pipeline mapping for StrataXGS switch silicon
  • Openly Activeed 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


  • Software-Defined Networking Solutions

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