The Linux Foundation Hosts ‘DANOS’ Project, a Unified Network Operating System
LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — #OpenNetworking Summit – The #LinuxFoundation today announced the Disaggregated Network Operating System ( #DANOS) project to enable community collaboration across network hardware, forwarding and operating system layers. DANOS is initially based on @AT&T’s “dNOS” software framework of an open, cost-effective and flexible alternative to traditional networking operating systems. As part of The Linux Foundation, it will incorporate contributions from complementary open source communities to build a standardized distributed Network Operating System (NOS). NOS creation has historically been challenging due to the complexity and magnitude of software and hardware requirements — as each device in the network needs its own operating system. However, the growth of open source combined with advances in both software and hardware, has fostered an ecosystem of advanced networking applications, new and open technologies, and building blocks on which to host an open and flexible NOS. “We are pleased to welcome DANOS to The Linux Foundation community of open, collaborative innovation,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking, The Linux Foundation. “DANOS will provide an open NOS framework that leverages existing open source resources and complementary platforms such as switches and white box routers. We invite others in the broader ecosystem to join the effort to accelerate innovation and creation of an industry-standard disaggregated NOS.” “As far as we know, DANOS is an industry first: an open-source, carrier-grade operating system for wide area networks,” said John Medamana, Vice President, Packet Optical Network, AT&T. “DANOS is a milestone for us and the industry, and we’re excited to see how developers and other users implement and build upon it.” Supporting Quotes: “The FRRouting team welcomes DANOS to the Linux Foundation,” said J.R. Rivers, CTO of Cumulus Networks. “With 3,413 commits from 68 authors and 42 organizations in the last year, the team continues to build the most full-featured, high-performance open routing stack available.” “On behalf of OpenSwitch I’d like to welcome DANOS to open source NOS and Disaggregated Networking,” said Alley Hansen, Board Chair, OpenSwitch, and Director, Strategy Networking Dell. “We look forward to the collaboration with DANOS on leveraging the work OPX has accomplished in order to drive more value for operators and to accelerate the adoption of composable networks.” “ONF has been a champion of disaggregation, white boxes and open source and in this regard, we are happy to see DANOS launched as a carrier-grade, open source network OS for white boxes,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF. “We are looking forward to DANOS and ONF’s recent open source platform Stratum, thin switch OS, working together.” “SDKLT is a revolutionary, feature-rich open source Software Development Kit, which enables a new approach to switch configuration,” said Eli Karpilovski, Director of Marketing, Switch Products at Broadcom. “Broadcom is thrilled to showcase how this mature switch SDK can advance Linux Foundation projects such as DANOS.” “We’re excited to see the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) as the hardware abstraction layer for DANOS, which will enable DANOS to work across the wide set of switches and switch ASICs that implement SAI,” said Dave Maltz, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Corp.