Nokia, ARM, Enea Form OpenFastPath (OFP) Foundation

Nokia Networks accelerates performance of SDN-ready applications through OpenFastPath Foundation.

December 3, 2015

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nokia Networks, ARM and Enea have established the OpenFastPath (OFP) Foundation, an initiative that combines the advanced technologies and security features of the telco world with the open source approach of the IT domain. A growing community of engineers can now accelerate the development of high throughput, low latency user space network applications that utilize IP packet processing.

The development of the telco cloud creates requirements for the IP transport network, as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions rely increasingly on transport layer capabilities. The OFP Foundation is a non-profit, open-source software initiative dedicated to lowering technology barriers and fostering innovation in this area. It aims to create a vibrant open-source community around a standardized, accelerated TCP/IP stack that provides top performance for SDN-ready network functions. For operator networks, the new fast-path stack means reduced IP latency, higher capacity and thus faster packet forwarding, and lower implementation costs.

In addition to the three founding members, the initiative is supported by several industry players including AMD, Cavium, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard and Linaro.

The OFP Foundation initiative at a glance:

  • Aims to deliver a high performance user space TCP/IP stack.

    • Builds an open source community to develop a best-in-class IP stack.

    • Offers an opportunity to consolidate best practices and innovation found in existing proprietary IP fast-path implementations.

    • TCP/IP stack implementation is based on the open-source Free Berkeley Software Distribution (FreeBSD) operating system, and includes User Datagram Protocol (UDP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), and Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP). New functions will be added in the future.

    • Optimized for OpenDataPlane (ODP) programming interfaces, with a focus on leveraging hardware acceleration through ODP.

    • Will be available for all major processor architectures, including ARM, x86, MIPS and PowerPC.

    • The TCP/IP stack meets the stringent requirements for core and radio applications in the cloud.

      Nokia Networks

      ARM Ltd.

      Enea AB

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