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Facebook, Google, Big Switch Demo Network Operating Systems Built on Open Hardware

March 19, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Facebook, Google, and Big Switch Networks at this week’s Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit will demonstrate three approaches to network operating systems all built with Open Network Linux (ONL) and all running on OCP switch hardware. ONL is a Linux distribution for bare metal switches. It’s one of OCP’s several open hardware projects and is available on 68 different hardware platforms. It’s the single largest open source project in OCP with contributions from more than 30 different organizations, said to Kyle Forster, founder of Big Switch Networks.