Freescale simplifies Software-Defined Networking with embedded software

March 04, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Intended to advance implementations of software-defined networking, Freescale has introduced OpenFlow-Compatible software integrated on QorIQ multicore processors. VortiQa SDN solutions running on Freescale QorIQ communications processors streamline the creation of highly optimised SDN system-level solutions

The VortiQa SDN solutions include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimised to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors.

The software comes with pre-integrated, commercial-grade OpenFlow-compatible data plane software to give OEMs and ODMs a jump-start in designing high-performance, optimized SDN system-level solutions. The software is engineered to help QorIQ customers shorten design cycles and improve the manageability of networks, while helping network operators reduce OPEX and CAPEX.

According to Raja Tabet, vice president of software and systems for Freescale’s Digital Networking business, “For customers ready to take advantage of Software-Defined Networking, Freescale’s QorIQ processors and VortiQa SDN solutions provide an optimised SDN platform created with the specific requirements of the SDN/NFV era in mind.”

VortiQa SDN solutions establish a primary building block for the design of SDN/OpenFlow-compatible customer premise and enterprise network equipment such as secure routers and gateways based on Freescale communications processors. Networking solutions for data centre and cloud deployments including private, public and hybrid clouds will also benefit.

The VortiQa SDN solution is compatible with the OpenFlow 1.3.X open standard and extends to cover protocols Layer 4 and above. In addition to dedicated data plane software, the solution includes an embedded SDN controller implemented in C language for compact embedded designs, and is supported with applications including Linux® IPsec and others. VortiQa SDN solutions are optimised and validated on Freescale processors before they are delivered to customers to enhance customer time-to-market, and are backed with commercial support and services.

“ONF member companies are actively driving the commercial adoption of open SDN and supporting the needs of end users, both through organisation involvement and their own product development,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “In particular, software development has been an area of high demand with the progression of the open SDN movement, and we in ONF are charged up to see our member companies addressing