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Huawei shares POF project source code

Posted: 27 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Huawei  open-source  Protocol-Oblivious Forwarding  software-defined networking  OpenFlow 

Huawei has launched an open-source website for the Protocol-Oblivious Forwarding (POF) project. The open-source project is now open to the public at The prototype demonstrates the feasibility and capability of POF.

Users can freely download and run the software, modify the source code, or develop new features. This can also be used as an experimental platform to try out novel network applications.

POF is a software-defined networking (SDN) forwarding plane technology that aims to enhance the OpenFlow specification with support for arbitrary forwarding protocols and packet formats. The open-source project provides source code and documents for POF Controller and POF Switch prototypes. The POF Controller is a BSD/Apache-licensed and Java-based OpenFlow controller. It provides a GUI for switch control and configuration. The POF Switch is a BSD-licensed and Linux C-based virtual switch.

Through this open-source initiative, Huawei hopes to spark wider interest in both the industry and academia to further advance the protocol-oblivious forwarding technology and make SDN forwarding planes more open and programmable.

“We believe that openness and software-based programmability of forwarding devices can help increase the adoption of OpenFlow, particularly in the carrier space where we see a huge potential for simplification,” said Justin Joubine Dustzadeh, VP, technology strategy and CTO of networks at Huawei Technologies.

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