In­dus­try’s first fully open source SDK announced

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Broad­com Lim­ited has announced the im­me­di­ate avail­abil­ity of SDKLT, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ta­ble-driven ap­proach to con­fig­ure Eth­er­net switch ASICs. This is sup­pos­edly the in­dus­try’s first fully open source soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit (SDK) for Eth­er­net switch ASICs, and has been built to accelerate the soft­ware de­vel­op­ment of high-per­for­mance net­work­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

With the re­lease of the open sourced SDKLT, Broad­com is es­tab­lish­ing its po­si­tion as the mar­ket leader in not only pro­vid­ing Eth­er­net switch sil­i­con, but also in de­liv­er­ing an open, scal­able and high-per­for­mance switch SDK. By of­fer­ing a com­plete open source SDK, Broad­com takes a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward to­wards ful­fill­ing the vi­sion of an en­tirely open net­work­ing ecosys­tem.

Now, hard­ware ven­dors, net­work OS providers, and SDN con­troller de­vel­op­ers can read­ily build and cus­tomise their switch APIs. They can also freely re­dis­tribute

their en­hance­ments and lever­age com­mu­nity sup­port to quickly de­liver high-qual­ity so­lu­tions to the mar­ket.

The in­no­va­tive, log­i­cal ta­ble-based ap­proach used in SDKLT greatly sim­pli­fies the task of con­fig­ur­ing the fea­ture-rich Eth­er­net switch sil­i­con in use to­day. The new switch soft­ware ap­proach em­pow­ers data cen­tre op­er­a­tors with greater con­trol over their in­fra­struc­ture re­sources. The open sourced SDK in­tro­duces new ways to mon­i­tor, an­a­lyse and pro­vi­sion switch re­sources by us­ing in­dus­try stan­dard au­to­ma­tion tools.

Broad­com shared that the newly launched soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit brings a fresh, state-of-art soft­ware de­vel­op­ment ap­proach to the broader com­mu­nity of net­work soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, where they can now fully and di­rectly con­trol and mon­i­tor the rich switch fea­ture set op­ti­mised for SDN and cloud use cases.

SDKLT open source code is now avail­able on GitHub and the log­i­cal ta­ble APIs are Apache 2.0 li­censed. This en­ables users to build, cus­tomise and share in­no­va­tion across a wide range of switch plat­forms and de­vel­op­ers.

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