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Linux Foundation Launches New Open Programmable Infrastructure Project (OPI)

Linux Foundation Launches New Open Programmable Infrastructure Project (OPI)

The Linux Foundation has announced the new Open Programmable Infrastructure (OPI) Project to drive the development of open standards for new class of Cloud Native infrastructure.

The new project is designed to facilitate the simplification of network, storage and security APIs within applications to enable more portable and efficient applications in the cloud and datacenter across DevOps, SecOps and NetOps. Hence, the OPI project will foster a community-driven open ecosystem for next-generation architectures and frameworks based on Data Processing and Infrastructure Processing Units (DPU and IPU) technologies.

“When new technologies emerge, there is so much opportunity for both technical and business innovation but barriers often include a lack of open standards and a thriving community to support them,” said Mike Dolan, senior vice president of Projects at the Linux Foundation.

“DPUs and IPUs are great examples of some of the most promising technologies emerging today for cloud and datacenter, and OPI is poised to accelerate adoption and opportunity by supporting an ecosystem for DPU and IPU technologies.”

Founding members of OPI include Dell Technologies, F5, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, NVIDIA and Red Hat. The Linux Foundation further stated that a growing number of contributors are also part of the OPI project actors, representing a broad range of companies in fields ranging from silicon and device manufactures, ISVs, test and measurement partners, OEMs to end users.

As planned, the new project will make effort to define DPU and IPU, delineate vendor-agnostic frameworks and architectures for DPU- and IPU-based software stacks applicable to any hardware solution, enable the creation of a rich open source application ecosystem, integrate with existing open source projects aligned to the same vision such as the Linux kernel, and create new APIs for interaction with, and between, the elements of the DPU and IPU ecosystem.

According to the Linux Foundation, several working groups are already active, the initial technology contributions will come in the form of the Infrastructure Programmer Development Kit (IPDK) that is now an official sub-project of OPI governed by the Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®) recently announced the general availability of a cloud native developer bootcamp.