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2023 OCP DENT Mini Summit Part 8: Open Source PoE and DENT

By April 11, 2024Blog, Community News

This blog post is the eighth in a series of 10 summarizing the sessions from the OCP DENT Mini Summit. Please see previous posts here:

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The DENT community hosted a Mini Summit during the OCP Global Summit to gather industry leaders, engineers, developers, and stakeholders interested in DENT within the framework of the OCP.

Amazon’s Carl Roth, a Senior Software Engineer, explained how in today’s enterprise networking landscape, the absence of a comprehensive open source Power over Ethernet (PoE) tool has hindered innovation and flexibility. Without a unified solution, network administrators have grappled with fragmented approaches to PoE management, often relying on proprietary software with limited functionalities.

Commitment to open-source ethos has culminated in the development of a PoE tool integrated seamlessly within DENT, its enterprise NOS. This solution not only caters to diverse PoE standards but also introduces support for Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)-based negotiation, enhancing precision and efficiency in power allocation.

Roth offers a comprehensive overview of the software and hardware architecture underpinning Amazon’s PoE tool within DENT. From the implementation of L1 negotiation to the intricacies of L2 negotiation, every aspect has been meticulously crafted to ensure optimal performance and compatibility.

By embracing open-source principles, Amazon has not only addressed a longstanding gap in enterprise networking but also fostered a culture of collaboration and innovation. The availability of Amazon’s PoE tool as part of DENT empowers network administrators to leverage cutting-edge technology while retaining the flexibility and transparency inherent in open-source solutions.

Active community engagement and the prospect of upstreaming the solution underscore Amazon’s commitment to driving progress in the field of network infrastructure.

Through innovation, collaboration, and a steadfast dedication to open-source principles, Amazon has set a precedent for the industry, paving the way for enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and scalability in PoE management. 

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