OpenCompute Switches, A Cross-Post

Isaac (.ike) Levy ike at
Fri Feb 21 00:23:45 EST 2014

On Feb 21, 2014, at 2:08 PM, "Isaac (.ike) Levy" <ike at> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Apologies in advance, this is certainly a sort of cross-post, as a sort of rallying cry.
> Remember the ancient discussions about wishing we had 48 network ports, on a piece of hardware running *BSD?  Well, if anyone wants to join me, I'm dipping my toe in on list over at the OpenCompute networking project, I'd love to have more NYC*BUG folks over there who care about the networking (and switching hardware):
> (The list appears to be quite light traffic.)
> I think showing a strong and constructive *BSD presence there is both relevant, and useful.
> Best,
> .ike

A URL dump followup, Just in case folks don't know much about the OpenCompute project:

Here is that Intel "Wish-ware" spec, from the OpenCompute (facebook) project.

What follows, is a URL dump of related press/pr articles, some fluffier than others, but all on the right track IMHO...

And even broader, the new buzzword, "Software Defined Networking", (SDN):

Just sounds a lot like a UNIX box with lots of nics.  Hrm, if Wikipedia says "Software Defined Networking" is real, it must be, right? :)

But whatever, if this SDN vocabulary is what it takes to drag networking out of the dark ages, I'm all for it :)


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