STORDIS has launched two bare-metal switches powered by the fully programmable Barefoot Tofino ASIC. The STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches (APS) would offer comprehensive 1588v2 time synchronization support, as well as providing more powerful processing, higher memory and greater in-built storage capacity.
STORDIS’ new, more powerful and feature-rich bare-metal switches have been built in response to customer requirements across a variety of markets including telecoms, finance, media and broadcast, cyber security, industry and academia.
“After delivering P4 trainings for Barefoot in Europe and speaking to customers, we found that users needed a more powerful hardware platform to capture the full benefits of the Tofino ASIC’s programmable architecture,” said Alexander Jeffries, CEO of STORDIS. “Support for time synchronization is also essential to engineer solid business advantage across a range of industries. These are the first switches to go beyond simply swapping out the chipset in a standard OTS bare-metal switch. We have put a lot of thought and research into building a broader, open hardware architecture that supports real-world use cases. And we will be releasing the full switch specifications and design documents to the Open Compute Project.”
Support for 1588v2 time synchronization on the STORDIS APS range is also designed to enable users to program more advanced, often application-level functionality into the network. For example, accurate time stamping enables more efficient 5G features development in Telco environments, IP Studio and live digital broadcast for media companies, and can be essential for accuracy within financial trading environments.
Both switches are available from early April 2019 from STORDIS.
STORDIS APS Hardware Specs, OCP
Alongside support for boundary and transparent clock time synchronization, both new switch models sport an 8-core CPU, 128GB SSD and 32GB of RAM. The 25G platform (see below) is also the only Tofino based switch to have 1G support, delivering backward-compatibility that would be essential in many markets.
The first two switch models in the STORDIS APS series include:
- STORDIS BF2556X-1T – 48x25G/8x100G, supporting speeds of 1, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100G, based on the Barefoot Tofino 2.0Tbps ASIC, 8-core CPU, 128GB SSD, 32GB RAM, 1588v2 support, 1 x 1PPS SMA connector, 2x SFP SDN controller ports, support for 1G on ports 1 to 16
- STORDIS BF6064X-T – 64x100G, support speeds of 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100G, based on the Barefoot Tofino 6.4Tbps ASIC, 8-core CPU, 128GB SSD, 32GB RAM, 1588v2 support, 2x RJ45 SDN controller ports
The switches come with AC and DC power supply options, and a 12V DC pass-through module (PTM) is also available for the use in OCP racks.
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Software Defined Networking
The STORDIS switches incorporate two dedicated SDN controller ports, allowing for “easy and redundant” integration into a broader, unified SDN architecture. With the flexibility of the programmable Barefoot Tofino ASIC using P4, customers can develop specific, business-orientated data-plane code, which can be controlled through open controllers such as ONOS.
The new STORDIS switches will support a range of commercial switch operating systems including Kaloom and NoviFlow, with further options to be announced in the near future. In addition, there is support for open source options, such as Open Network Linux (ONL), SONiC and Ubuntu. There is also support for the Open Networking Foundation’s ‘Stratum’ project (based on ONL).
Continuing STORDIS’ support for the open networking community, the design documentation of both switches has been submitted to the Open Compute Project (OCP) with the intention of receiving the OCP Accepted recognition. The STORDIS APS line would be the first Tofino-based switches submitted to OCP with time synchronization support. In addition, a 2U OCP rack-mount shelf will also be submitted to receive the OCP Accepted recognition mark. This will be the first 2U switch rack-mount shelf submitted to the OCP.