March 14, 2019

Barefoot Networks to Showcase Programmable Data Plane Use Cases with SONiC and Other Solutions at Open Compute Project Global Summit 2019

Multiple demonstrations and presentations in collaboration with Microsoft, SK Telecom, Stordis and Kaloom will highlight P4 programmability use-cases for enterprises, carriers and cloud operators

San Jose, Calif.--March 14, 2019--Barefoot Networks, a provider of high-performance and fully programmable networking solutions, today announced that it will be sponsoring Open Compute Project Global Summit 2019, March 14-15, in San Jose, Calif., with several demonstrations and presentations highlighting the power of P4-programmability and programmable data planes for open infrastructure.

The growth of cloud computing over the past year has accelerated the pressure on networks to be more flexible and nimble than ever before. While disaggregation and availability of mature disaggregated network operating systems have enabled agility in control and management planes, true network agility can not be achieved without a dataplane that is fully programmable in an open language. Hence, only the combination of an operating system such as Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) based on Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), Barefoot Tofino and P4 can truly unlock the potential of a next-generation cloud network.

“Since announcing SONiC support at OCP Summit 2018, Barefoot has worked closely with Microsoft to expand the set of SONiC capabilities on Tofino as well as number of customers using SONiC in production,” said Ed Doe, Chief Business Officer, Barefoot Networks. “Delivering a unique approach to high availability features, such as fast reboot and warm reboot in addition to advanced features like VxLAN and data plane telemetry based on Dtel SAI APIs and Smart Programmable Real Time INT (SPRINT), has allowed us to accelerate customer adoption of SONiC on P4-programmable data planes.”

Yousef Khalidi, CVP, Microsoft Azure Networking said, “Driven by the increased need for open cloud networking, the SONiC and SAI communities have made tremendous advancements over the past year. Barefoot Networks has advanced SONiC on a P4-programmable data plane with an increased number of supported use-cases such as bare metal ToR and spine and is demonstrating on a diverse set of switch platforms at this year’s OCP Summit.”

Located at booth A18, Barefoot Networks will host various demos in its booth and those of its partners at the show. See “Bringing OCP Vision to Reality with Programmable Data Planes: A Progress Report” blog for more information on the demonstrations and presentations that will showcase the tremendous progress in adoption of P4 and programmable data planes that Barefoot Networks, together with its partners, have achieved over the past year.

Available joint demonstrations include:

  1. Disaggregated Chassis with SONiC and VxLAN
    Location: Microsoft, Booth A6
  2. Network Infrastructure High Availability with SONiC Warm Reboot
    Location: Microsoft, Booth A6
  3. Uncompromised Dataplane Telemetry on Multi-vendor Cloud fabric with Barefoot Tofino and Barefoot Deep Insight
    Location: Barefoot Networks, Booth A18

To meet with Barefoot at OCP U.S. Summit, please contact

About Barefoot Networks

Barefoot Networks launched in 2016 after two years of developing technology that built switch silicon with a forwarding plane that is defined in software while not compromising on performance. Barefoot empowers network owners and their infrastructure partners to design, optimize, and innovate to meet their specific requirements and gain competitive advantage. In combining the P4 programming language with fast programmable switches, Barefoot has also created an ecosystem for compilers, tools, and P4 programs to make P4 accessible to anybody. Backed by Google Inc., Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, Alibaba, Tencent, and by premier venture capital firms Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Andreessen Horowitz, Barefoot Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

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