Programmability is a hot topic in networking. It’s a key element in automation and orchestration.
A startup called Barefoot Networks is taking programmability to a new level with Tofino, a switch ASIC that lets customers program how the chip processes packets, and lets users customize and create features.
While the sample size is very small (just 29 respondents), the majority say they aren’t interested: 55% said they probably couldn’t find a use for a programmable ASIC, and another 17% said an outright “no.”
However, 17% are willing to take some time to think about use cases, and 11% are ready to get started right away.
If you’re interested in learning more about programmable silicon, check out Barefoot’s Networking Field Day presentation.