Welcome to Barefoot Forum for Advanced Switching Technology Education and Research Program

Thank you for your interest in our technology! We would love to help you continue your groundbreaking research in the field of networking. Here at Barefoot, we are proud that we have busted the myth that “Performance” and “Programmability” cannot be delivered together. Barefoot TofinoTM, our first Ethernet switch runs at 6.5Tb/s and is fully P4-programmable. With Tofino you can try out new forwarding plane functions by describing them in P4, compiling and running on Tofino. We like to say that if your P4 program fits on Tofino, it always runs at line-rate.

We are seeing tremendous interest across the research community for access to Tofino-powered platforms and we wanted to do our part. As such, we set out to facilitate a way for the large number, variety, and geographic distribution of research organizations to gain access to these platforms and software in a scalable way. Introducing the Barefoot Forum for Advanced Switching Technology Education and Research Program (FASTER), a private, online, forum-based, non-commercial, self-support portal created to provide a community in which the members can help support each other. By actively sharing questions, knowledge and experience with each other, members will help promote the advancement of the community.

Program Admission Requirements

Keep in mind, applicants must meet the requirements set forth below. Please review the following list before applying:

    • Confidentiality Agreement - A Software License and Confidentiality Agreement (SLACA) shall be executed as-is by the professor or the research chair. This is a standard agreement accepted by over 100 Universities and Research Organizations from around the world. If you believe modifications to the agreement are absolutely necessary, please note the current wait time for legal review is approximately 3-6 months.

    • Support - Barefoot is currently limited in its ability to service and support this interest from the large number, variety, and geographic distribution of all of the research organizations. As such, all participants acknowledge and agree that Barefoot will not be able to provide any direct support. Instead, participants shall seek support in the FASTER forum from other FASTER community members. The forum is open to all FASTER Program participants.

    • Training & Primary Contact - To help ease participant onboarding and training, Barefoot has offered access to a limited space paid 3-day intensive training program (Barefoot Academy). At least one member of the research organization shall attend a training session offered by Barefoot Academy within 3 months of joining the FASTER program. The participant who attends Barefoot Academy on behalf of their group shall be the primary contact for the online self-support forum. This individual shall review all questions posed by the group in advance of posting to the forum.

    • Barefoot Tofino Switch - All FASTER members are responsible for acquiring a Barefoot Tofino Switch from a Barefoot Partner. Barefoot will not be selling or loaning any switches and all members are expected to have their own plan to acquire a switch.

    • Participation & Code of Conduct - Participants are highly encouraged to share questions, knowledge and experience with each other to help promote the advancement of the community. All groups shall actively engage and answer at least (1) question per quarter in the FASTER forum. Members are expected to conduct themselves appropriately when participating.

    • Publication Review - To help preserve Barefoot’s confidentiality, all participants planning to publicly publish information relating to Barefoot technology agree to submit a draft of the proposed publication for review at least (10) days in advance of needing approval.

    Failure to comply with the aforementioned terms by any participant of your organization will result in suspension of all members of your organization from the Barefoot FASTER forum.

    Final qualification and approval is subject to Barefoot’s review of your submitted application

Join the Program

To become part of this program, the professor or the research chair needs to follow the steps below:

  • 1

    Review the Barefoot FASTER
    program overview

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  • 2

    Submit the Barefoot
    FASTER application

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  • 3

    Receive decision on your
    application and execute program agreement

  • 4

    Get onboarded to the Barefoot
    FASTER portal and kick off your research!

Thanks again for your interest in our technology and your plans to embark on this great journey with us to change the future of networking!