Open-Source FD.io Project Accelerates Networking with Fourth Release

Monday Jun 12th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Linux Foundation Collaborative Project now benefits from better performance and security capabilities.

As bandwidth demands grow so too are demands on both virtual and physical networking infrastructure. The FD.io (Fast Data) project is an open-source effort that aims to help advance the state and speed of networking transport.

FD.io issued its 17.04 software release on June 8, providing an updated set of new and improved networking projects. The FD.io project became a Linux Foundation Collaborative project in February 2016 and has been steadily advancing ever since.

At the core of FD.io is a technology called Vector Packet Processing (VPP) that provides a high-speed packet processing engine. In a recent video interview with EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco commented that OVS (Open virtual Switch) is fine as a virtual switch, which is where it is being used today. He added that for really high-performance packet processing, then VPP can start to be used.

The FD.io 17.04 release is comprised of several different sub-projects beyond just VPP that help to accelerate networking.

  • Honeycomb is a generic NETCONF/RESTCONF java-based management agent.
  • CSIT provides continuous system integration and testing
  • ONE (Overlay Network Engine) ) is a VPP project that enables programmable dynamic Software Defined overlays
  • TREX is a stateful traffic generator

As part of the 17.04 release, the VPP project within FD.io benefits from new hardware acceleration capabilities that will improve encrypted IPsec VPN traffic. The improved hardware support for IPsec, will also benfit the IPv6 address support that FD.io 17.04 also integrates. Containers also get a boost in the FD.io 17.04 release with the debut of the experimental TCP Host Stack feature, which aims to help improve container networking capabilities.

"As the universal dataplane, FD.io is helping enable the developer community achieve the highest performance, throughput, and resource efficiency in networking across all deployment environments," David Ward, FD.io Board Chair and SVP, CTO and Chief architect of Engineering, Cisco said in a statement. "The latest 17.04 release delivers enhanced capabilities for packet forwarding, cloud, NFV infrastructures, and more."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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