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Comparison of freeware open source switch software?
- Subject: Comparison of freeware open source switch software?
- From: jfbeam at gmail.com (Ricky Beam)
- Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:09:49 -0500
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]>
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On Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:17:59 -0500, Hank Nussbacher <hank at efes.iucc.ac.il>
> so to clarify I am interested only in bare-metal or whitebox swicthes
> and freeware, open source software.
It's my understanding that there simply is no such thing. Because none of
the HARDWARE has open source code. Sure, anyone can write software to
spirit packets between NICs (linux and *BSD has had that capability for
decades.) But doing that "at scale" with the various manufacturers SoCs
requires vendor specific code to setup and control the chip. The broadcom
"NDK" is just a shim on top of a pre-compiled proprietary SDK blob.