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Kyle Alspach

Barefoot Tofino

If Barefoot Networks is right, the concept of software-defined networking should extend all the way down to the level of switching chips. Their Tofino chips are the world's first "fully user-programmable" switching chips; that is, the chips themselves can be programmed to the liking of the network owner, meaning that networks can be much more finely tuned to their specific processing needs. The bottom line, according to Barefoot Networks, is that Tofino allows "network designers and architects to create the features they need in their own networks" while "making those features transportable across different switching systems."

 
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