[P4-discuss] P4 support on network switches

Syed Faraz Ali farazali86 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 06:14:30 EDT 2016

Hello Vladmir,

Thanks a lot for pointing me to this direction. I read that Barefoot will
be shipping the Tofino hardware in the fourth quarter of 2016. Still I
couldn't find the datasheet of the switch anywhere.

I would be glad to know further details about the switch. Like if it is a
baremetal or whitebox switch? NOS is proprietary or open-source NOS can run
on it like Pica8, OpenFlow protocol support, etc.


On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 1:24 AM, Vladimir Gurevich <
vladimir.gurevich at barefootnetworks.com> wrote:

> Hello Syed,
> I'd like to direct your attention to the website of Barefoot Networks
> <https://barefootnetworks.com> (https://barefootnetworks.com), the
> company I work for. If you search the Internet, using, for example, the
> term "p4 switch Barefoot" you will see that we've recently announced a
> fully-programmabe 6.5Tbps switch and P4 is exactly the language that the
> switch is programmed in.
> You can also visit p4.org and learn about (and download if you like) the
> behavioral model (BMv2) as well as a reference data plane program
> (switch.p4) that was successfully integrated in a number of open-source
> projects, including OpenSwitch and SONiC.
> Happy hacking,
> Vladimir
> On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:11 AM, Syed Faraz Ali <farazali86 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> My question is related to P4 support on network switches.
>> I googled and names of Netronome, Xilinx, Huawei, Intel, etc. popped up
>> that they demonstrated P4 running on FPGAs and NICs.
>> Is there any vendor who support P4 language on hardware switches?
>> Also, P4 language has its own P4 software switch. Are there any other
>> vendors (like OVS or Ericsson softswitch) where P4 can run?
>> Thanks in advance!
>> Regards,
>> Faraz
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> --
> *Vladimir Gurevich*
> *Barefoot Networks*
> *Technical Lead, Customer Engineering*
> Email: vag at barefootnetworks.com
> Phone: (408) 833-4505
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