Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Broadcom Releases Open Switch APIs

Broadcom released an Open Network Switch Library (OpenNSL) of APIs that enable the development of new applications on top of Broadcom StrataXGS switches.

The OpenNSL software platform map Broadcom's Software Development Kit (SDK) to an open north bound interface, enabling the integration of new applications and the ability to optimize switch hardware platforms. Examples include network monitoring, load balancing, service chaining, workload optimization and traffic engineering.

Broadcom said it is working with leading software developers on new network applications based on these OpenNSL APIs. In addition, Broadcom provides reference code for applications leveraging unique Broadcom switch functionality. The OpenNSL package supports a suite of network monitoring and analytics tools known as BroadView instrumentation for its Tomahawk and Trident II switches.

"We have been working closely with our partners on the OpenNSL project and expect continued support and growth of the community on this initiative," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Switch. "Our software is designed to give developers direct access to Broadcom's rich feature set, enabling a higher degree of programmability and providing better control and management of the network."