Broadcom SDKLT: a Step Forward Towards an Open Networking Ecosystem!

By on February 1, 2018
Pin It

“We are delighted to announce another industry first with our fully open source SDKLT to accelerate the development and deployment of Broadcom’s switch silicon,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager of switching products. “SDKLT brings a fresh, state-of-the-art software development approach to the broader community of network software developers where they can now fully and directly control and monitor the rich switch feature set optimized for SDN and cloud use cases.”

Broadcom announced the immediate availability of SDKLT, the industry’s first fully open source Software Development Kit (SDK) for Ethernet switch ASICs.  SDKLT offers a revolutionary table-driven approach to configure Ethernet switch ASICs, and is built to accelerate the software development of high-performance networking infrastructure.  The release of SDKLT further establishes Broadcom’s position as the market leader in not only providing Ethernet switch silicon, but also in delivering an open, scalable, and high-performance switch SDK.

The first open source offering of SDKLT is based on the BCM56960 Tomahawk® switch, the industry’s most popular data center ToR and fabric device, and is supported by a wide and robust group of ecosystem partners.  SDKLT open source code is now available on GitHub and the logical table APIs are Apache 2.0 licensed.  This enables users to build, customize, and share innovation across a wide range of switch platforms and developers.

By offering a complete open source SDK, Broadcom takes a significant step forward towards fulfilling the vision of an entirely open networking ecosystem. Now, hardware vendors, network OS providers, and SDN controller developers can readily build and customize their switch APIs. They can also freely redistribute their enhancements and leverage the community to quickly deliver high-quality solutions to the market.

More detailed information are available in the original post on

About Luca Ruggeri

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *