IP Infusion and Barefoot Networks Partner To Bring High-Performance P4-Programmable Switching Solution to Market

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2018IP Infusion, a leader in disaggregated networking solutions, today announced the company has entered into a strategic technology partnership with Barefoot Networks. Leveraging P4-programmable Barefoot Tofino Ethernet switch ASIC series, the partnership will create the industry’s most programmable and highest performance 10/25/40/100 Gbps Ethernet switching solution.

IP Infusion OcNOS™ is the industry’s first full-featured network OS for bare metal switches. OcNOS supports network disaggregation not just in data center and DCI but also in other areas such as access, aggregation, enterprise, cell sites and core. Barefoot Deep Insight is the world’s first network monitoring system, providing a ready-to-use production software solution that leverages the full power of Inband Network Telemetry (INT) to garner predictive insights and per-packet visibility into the network infrastructure. It analyzes INT data to detect anomalies in the network including microbursts, congestion problems and load balancing issues.

Both companies are collaborating to address the challenges of operating large-scale networks, such as dynamic changes in traffic patterns and application behavior, real-time visibility and performance issues. Using OcNOS as a NOS and Deep Insight as a real-time analytics platform to visualize INT, Barefoot and IP Infusion will jointly present the solution to mutual customers and develop the market for key targeted segments, including financial applications. The solution is available and will be showcased at the IP Infusion booth at the upcoming OCP U.S Summit.


“Network operators need more control and visibility to keep up with the scale of today’s data centers and dynamic application workloads in a virtual, containerized environment. By integrating the advanced features in OcNOS with programmable silicon from Barefoot, we are giving network operators full control and flexibility to solve their application needs and provide end-to-end visibility,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion.

The collaboration between IP Infusion and Barefoot provides customers with:

  • Carrier-grade NOS with robust L2 and L3 stack for enterprise and service provider applications
  • A P4 programmable data plane which enables IP Infusion to serve different markets / use-cases with the same chip. Fast reboot capability can be leveraged to restart the chip with a new P4 program
  • Barefoot Smart Programmable Real-time INT (SPRINTTM) delivering packet-level visibility into traffic patterns, path changes, micro-bursts, congestion and latency spikes
  • Seamless out of the box integration with Barefoot Deep Insight enabling advanced network performance monitoring and anomaly detection in real time with nanosecond accuracy and granularity

Low-latency, high-performance networking in data centers is a key requirement in mission-critical application environments. These range from financial networking applications, such as high-frequency trading (HFT) and high-speed data feed delivery to and from exchanges, to cloud networking and high-performance computing (HPC) applications. These environments need to support high-performance Ethernet speeds (10/40/100/400 GbE speeds), as well as programmable control and data planes based on open standards, wrapped as a highly-reliable, disaggregated solution that consumes minimal space and power footprint within the data center.

“Barefoot is pleased to partner with IP Infusion, bringing their network operating system, OcNOS, to platforms based on our P4-programmable Tofino series of switch silicon,” said Craig Barratt, CEO of Barefoot Networks. “With the ability to adapt the forwarding plane of the network with P4 and Tofino and the availability of a feature-rich and a mature control plane, which takes advantage of new features like INT, customers can create solutions to deliver new applications and services that are not possible with existing fixed-function silicon-based systems.”

At the 2018 Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit (Booth C12), to be held March 20 – 21 at the San Jose Convention Center, IP Infusion will be demonstrating how the companies are solving end-to-end network visibility challenges. This is accomplished by combining the capabilities of OcNOS with a fully programmable P4 data pipeline from Barefoot SPRINT and network performance monitoring and anomaly detection using Barefoot Deep Insight.

About IP Infusion

IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators with over 500 customers and thousands of deployments. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness.

IP Infusion is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD. Additional information can be found at http://www.IPInfusion.com.

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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 https://barefootnetworks.com/. Follow us on Twitter: @barefootnetwork. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barefootnetworks. Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/barefoot-networks.