Santa Clara, CA – November 17, 2015 – Netronome, a leading provider of high-performance intelligent networking solutions, today announced its inaugural P4/C developer’s conference for networking data path experts designing or conducting research on host-based networking applications. P4, a high-level data path programming language defined by the P4 Consortium, is a promising technology that can be augmented with C-based applications to enable hardware-accelerated and host-based networking data path functions such as virtualization, security, traffic management, and telemetry applications.
At the conference, commercial and academic developers will learn about the Netronome® Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes the open-source P4 compiler and its C compiler. The IDE can be used to develop new networking data path applications that can be programmed into a high-performance intelligent server adapter. Developers will be taught how to use the IDE as well as learn to write P4-only, P4 and C, and C-only data path applications through five hands-on labs.
Host-based networking adoption has evolved rapidly, thanks to the adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). It improves the efficiency of data centers and enables rapid innovation and fast feature roll-outs. P4/C-based data path programming in hardware—such as Netronome’s intelligent server adapters—can help not only maintain those benefits, but also increase performance and efficiency. More than fifty experts from companies such as AT&T and Ericsson, and universities such as MIT and USC, are registered for the conference.
All proceedings from the conference will be made available on the new community-driven Open-NFP.org web portal that will be introduced at the conference. The site will also provide a foundation for continued work by P4/C developers with tools, libraries, and hardware-related information.