Facebook promises release of own ‘modular routing platform’


Facebook has promised to open source a “modular routing platform” it says powers many of its own networks.

“Open/R” was developed to power Facebook’s Terragraph WiFi networks. Now The Social Network says the more it played with the code, the more it became apparent it was fit for general purpose networking.

The platform looks to offer a different take on software-defined networking and to the development of interoperable networks.

“To create an interoperable standard, the industry’s process is often lengthy due to code being built independently by multiple vendors and then slowly deployed to their customer networks,” writes Facebook’s Petr Lapukhov. “Furthermore, every vendor has to accommodate for the demands of numerous customers — complicating the development process and requiring features that are not always useful universally.”

Read more at The Register.