Customers working on high speed and complex Broadcom StrataXGS chipsets such as Trident2/Tomahawk or a DNX chipset such as Qumran/Jericho tend not to upgrade their SDK as they are not 100% confident of the implication and downtime. However, upgrading their SDK allows them to take advantage of the following:
- Improved software design of the APIs
For example: Before GPORT was introduced, customers needed to invoke different APIs for similar functions. With GPORT, customers can call a single API for a particular function, and the SDK will identify the type of GPORT and call the appropriate API.
- Accommodate significantly modified andextended device functions
Older SDK versions may not support all the features that the hardware supports. In these cases, customers need to develop SoC scripts to achieve the desired functionality, and, additionally, must maintain the scripts.
- Warm Boot
Support for Warm Boot has been improved in newer versions of the SDK, resulting in less downtime during software upgrades.
- Improved efficiency
Newer versions of the SDK contain many bug fixes, so that customers do not have to investigate issues that are already resolved.
- Supporting the SDK
Customers who do not upgrade to a newer SDK may find it difficult to get patches for the issues they encounter, as these issues might already be fixed in the latest version of the SDK.
At IP Infusion, we have a deep knowledge of the Broadcom SDK, clear understanding of new feature developments, and an in-depth understanding of the bug fixes. We can recommend when it’s the right time for you to upgrade the SDK, based on your deployment scenarios, and help you to achieve the upgrade with minimal downtime.