Category Archives: FBOSS

Broadcom offers devs a peep-show inside its switches

download (1)Open Compute Summit : When Facebook started down the path of creating the Open Compute Project (OCP), part of its reasoning was that too many vendors hide the underlying silicon from the world of users. That part of the project seems to be having its desired effect, with Broadcom using the OCP Summit to announce that it’s going to give developers API access to its silicon under Facebook’s FBOSS operating system and Microsoft’s Switch Abstraction Interface (the latter also shown off at the summit for the first time).

Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary

Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP) switch, code-named Wedge, likely won’t displace entrenched networking vendors like Cisco. But here’s why it will be revolutionary: It addresses the need for application-specific networking. Wedge uses commodity hardware in the form of a microserver plus an open-source operating system code-named FBOSS. Wedge and FBOSS  give networking teams the flexibility to create custom switching platforms for specific uses, from both the hardware and software aspects.