Trio of Suppliers Creates OpenFastPath Foundation

By Paula Bernier December 08, 2015

ARM, Enea, and Nokia Networks last week announced the creation of the OpenFastPath Foundation. The effort aims to accelerate the delivery of software-defined networking applications.

More specifically, OFP will deliver a high performance user space TCP/IP stack based on the Free Berkeley Software Distribution operating system; optimize for OpenDataPlane programming interfaces; make it available for all major processor architectures, including ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, and x86; address the requirements for core and radio applications in the cloud; and consolidate best practices found in existing proprietary IP fast-path implementations.

"Hardware vendors, application developers and system integrators in the networking ecosystem will benefit greatly from OFP as a common high-performance IP stack, and will be able to focus on their respective differentiation,” said Daniel Forsgren, senior vice president of product management with Enea AB, a software provider that offers real-time operating systems and Linux.

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ARM is, of course, a microprocessor company. And Nokia Networks is a network equipment and software provider, and the company that is planning to acquire Alcatel-Lucent. Nokia offers a Telco Cloud line of solutions aimed at expediting new service introductions, lowering costs, addressing fluctuating customer and service demand, and delivering a better customer experience, according to the company. The company in September of last year came out with a VoLTE cloud solution that leverages network functions virtualization; a network orchestrator called Cloud Network Director, which controls everything going on in the operator cloud – managing demand, assigning bandwidth, and handling other resource assignments based on demand at any particular time; services that help operators plan, build, secure, and operate their own cloud networks; and a certification program.

The OFP is yet another organization that is promoting open source and SDN. Others include Floodlight, Flowscale, Flowvisor, Jaxon, Mininet, Nodeflow, NOX, Open Platform for NFV Project, Open Network Operating System, OpenContrail, OpenDaylight, OpenvSwitch, Pantou, POX, and Routeflow.

The network functions virtualization and software-defined market is poised to grow at a 86 percent compound annual growth rate to reach $2 billion this year and more than $45 billion five years from now.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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