Nick McKeown, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Barefoot Networks, reviews the current state of network switches. The slow development time and functions fixed in silicon show why a programmable switch is appealing. Barefoot Networks sees this as the next evolution of domain specific processors, in the same vein as Java and OpenCL. Barefoot's take on this is Tofino, a P4 programmable network switch.
Recorded at Networking Field Day 14, in Silicon Valley, on January 18, 2017. For more information, please visit barefootnetworks.com or TechFieldDay.com/event/nfd14/