LAS VEGAS Ethernet switch chip developer Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. announced an effort at the Interop show here on Wednesday (April 30) to provide open-source methods for developing protocol middleware for LAN switching.
Mike Zeile, vice president of marketing at Fulcrum, said the motivation for creating the ControlPoint Developer Alliance was self-evident. "We had worked with LVL7 [Systems Inc.] in the past as a softwa" Zeile said. "We needed to provide people with a rich software environment that wouldn't become captive to one of the bigger semiconductor companies."
The goal of the alliance is to create a network operating system for 10-Gigabit Ethernet. Fulcrum said it will provide some home-grown traffic-management and quality-of-service software for its Ethernet switches, Green Hills secure OS and development tools. Continuous Computing will provide high-availability software from ATCA environments and Xorp will provide an open-source routing environment.
Other members of the alliance include Liquid Computing, Nimbus Data Systems, Open Grid Computing, Panasas, Quadrics and SMC Networks.
Zeile said all members have agreed to make software enhancements made to Fulcrum's ControlPoint environment available to any other alliance member.