Long Live Tofino™

APS Networks Doubles Down with P4-programmable Switching.

As some of you may have noticed, the Barefoot Networks website now redirects you to the Intel® Programmable Ethernet Switch products page. This is the final step of integrating the Barefoot product portfolio under the Intel umbrella. It means the Barefoot brand, the one that introduced P4-programmable switching to the world, has a new pair of (Intel) shoes. We will miss that cheeky five-toed logo, but the end, as they say, is just the beginning... 

First, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams, “don't panic!” the range of Tofino™ products is here to stay and is going from strength to strength. It seems like Intel is putting significant commitment behind the Tofino™ switch platform. For example, the release of the Tofino™ 2 platform offers significant performance gains, and the original Tofino™ platform still has a long life ahead.

More than this, we wanted to clarify what the rebranding means, in practical terms, for our customers: 

The P4 language: P4 is an open source initiative and will continue to thrive as a project of Open Networking Foundation (ONF). For more details on the P4 language, please visit p4.org.

Intel® Connectivity Education Hub:The new central hub is a one-stop site that encompasses all information pertaining to events, courses, and online videos required to get up to speed with P4 and the Tofino™ product range. The individual components of this hub are outlined below:

  • Intel® Connectivity Academy: Barefoot Academy is now the Intel® Connectivity Academy and will still offer a catalog of advanced online video classes with all the course materials required to get up to speed with P4 programming, Intel® P4 Studio and the Intel® Tofino™ series.
  • Intel® Connectivity Advanced Online Videos: BEACON is now the Intel® Connectivity Advanced Online Videos and will maintain the repository of advanced online videos that broaden the learning experience of Intel® Tofino™ and Intel® P4 Studio.
  • Intel® Connectivity Research Program: The FASTER program is now the Intel® Connectivity Research Program and continues to provide the ability to connect with other researchers and end users in a global forum environment to collaborate and share ideas on P4 technology.


The start-up Barefoot Networks is no more, but is now a business unit in the Data Platforms Group within Intel and the range of P4-programmable Tofino™ switches is very much here to stay.

We'd love to hear from you if you've got any questions or queries around the branding transition, or if you just want to reminisce about Barefoot. You can reach us at enquiries(at)aps-networks.com
 

Sarah Wagner

Blogs

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