``Force10 Networks® has
leveraged NetBSD® as
the foundation for the Force10 Operating System (FTOS). Based
on the open source UNIX-like system, FTOS provides the software
scalability and resiliency that powers the Force10 TeraScale E-Series® family of
See our full press
release for more details.
Some technical details that did not make it into the press
release: Today, many of the worlds largest Gigabit Ethernet and
10 Gigabit Ethernet networks depend on Force10 Networks. The
TeraScale E-Series switches/routers support this by
providing features like massive scalability, 1260 Gigabit
Ethernet ports or 224 Ten Gigabit Ethernet ports per
chassis. The machines are battle tested and provide full
function L2 switching and L3 routing.
Internally, they are equipped with PowerPC CPUs, and for
communication, dedicated 100M Ethernet networks are used in each
system that connect the Route Processor Module (RPM) and line
cards that are for system control.
There are three active CPUs on the primary RPM, and a CPU on
each line card that are all active in the control
While data itself is forwarded by the hardware, management
overhead exists if you consider running 1.500 VRRP groups, 600
OSPF neighbors, BFD on thousands of ports, ARPs on thousands of
ports, collecting statistics on thousands of ports etc. All
this work is done by the
Force10 Operating System, FTOS''.
TeraScale E-Series Products