Open-NFP Announces Dataplane Acceleration Developer Day 2016

Second annual developer conference will focus on extensive hands-on dataplane programming on SmartNICs for COTS Servers using C, P4, OVS, and eBPF

SANTA CLARA, CA. – October 3, 2016
– Open-NFP, a worldwide, community-driven organization focused on research and development in datapath offloads and acceleration for SDN and NFV applications, announced today that it will host the upcoming Dataplane Acceleration Developer Day (DXDD) on November 10, 2016 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The DXDD will bring together researchers, developers, students and industry affiliates for hands-on training that satisfies a critical modern data center need – the ability to change network behavior of COTS server networking hardware at the speed at which one can change software.

Designers and operators of modern data center networks desire the ability to evolve the features they require in their networks to meet the needs of new cloud workloads and changing traffic patterns. The DXDD will feature extensive hands-on training that will enable participants to rapidly develop or add new networking features into production and ready-to-deploy COTS server networking hardware. The following industry-leading topics ranging multiple programming methods will be the focus of the training: SmartNIC dataplane programming using the P4 programming language, implementation of network functions such as time stamping, probing, and micro VNF using C, as well as implementation of seamless and hardware-agnostic dataplane acceleration using Open vSwitch (OVS), and Enhanced Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) technologies.

Since its introduction in November 2015 and first annual developer conference (previously named ‘P4/C DevCon’), Open-NFP membership has grown and now hosts over 20 open research and development projects from academia and industry. Relevant software and sample datapath libraries are all hosted on GitHub, enabling collaborative development across distributed teams. To further its education and collaboration goal, Open-NFP recently completed its 6-part “Summer Webinar Series” set of live online instructional seminars that focused on P4 language programming techniques, applications and usage. These webinars are now all available on-demand with additional online training seminars expected in the future.

“We are excited to put together and host our second annual developer conference, featuring a compelling lineup of industry experts sharing their expertise,” said Dr. Bapi Vinnakota, managing director of Open-NFP. “Developers wishing to discuss today’s dataplane acceleration challenges, and further their own practical knowledge, will appreciate the opportunity for detailed technical discussions and interaction with their peers from leading companies and research/university institutions around the globe. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the academic, industry and research communities to further enhance their programming education and productivity.”

Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing and to ensure your seat at the conference. University students with valid accreditation receive a 50 percent registration discount. Sponsorships of and speaking opportunities at DXDD 2016 are now available.

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About Open-NFP is a worldwide, community-driven organization that enables open and collaborative research in the area of network function processing in server networking hardware. The organization is designed to serve the growing need from the academic and data center networking communities to conduct cutting-edge research and development in the areas of server-based networking datapath offload and acceleration techniques. The organization’s website is designed to be a common repository of open source networking datapath P4/C application code and research papers. For more information please visit

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