Pica8 Employs Broadcom's Trident II

By Paula Bernier October 13, 2014

Pica8 Inc. is the first network OS to support L2oGRE, L3oGRE and NVGRE overlay methods, all of which are available in the Trident II chipset it is leveraging. Trident II also enables Pica8 to mimic memory allocation schemes so Linux-based systems can scale. 

The software-defined networking startup explained all this in an announcement released today that outlined how and why it’s using Broadcom’s Trident II chipset in the Pica8 bare metal networking operating system, which is known as PicOS. The combined solution allows optimal CPU performance to support applications, and scaling of virtual environments, the companies say.

Pica8 also noted its support in PicOS of Open-vSwitch so the solution can easily be added to existing environments.

There’s been a flurry of recent news from Pica8.

Earlier this month the company said it now supports the Open Network Install Environment recently accepted by the Open Compute Project Foundation. ONIE, which comes already loaded on bare metal switches from a number of vendors, is a boot loader that defines a standard method of loading network operating systems on any ONIE-compatible hardware. ONIE also includes a modern Linux kernel. The goal of ONIE is to expedite the widespread adoption of bare metal switches by making it easier and more affordable for users to buy and deploy standards-based network hardware.

Others in the ONIE ecosystem include Accton Technology Corp., Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Inventec Corp., Mellanox Technologies, Quanta, and XPliant.

Pica8 also this month announced $12.5 million in Series B funding. Led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Cross Head and Pacific Venture Partners, this brings Pica8’s total funding to more than $20 million. The company will use the money to accelerate its software development and go-to-market strategy.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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