Dent Guiding Principles

  • Utilize Linux Kernel, Switchdev and other linux based projects as the basis for the solution (without abstractions and overhead)
  • Treat ASIC and Silicon for Networking/Datapath as any other hardware
  • Simplify abstractions, API, drivers and low level overhead that currently exists in these switches and other open software.
  • Unify the community of Silicon Vendors, ODM, SI, OEM, End Users across many verticals.
  • Solve the Networking Operating System challenge for Distributed Enterprise Edge use case and expand into other use cases such as Enterprise Datacenter

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“Arthur” Release (v1) Q4 2020

Feature List

  • NAT-46,44, and PT
    • NAT on pure Layer-3 port
    • NAT on VLAN tagged port (bridge)
    • NAT support across LAG port
  • Configuring 802.1q interface (IpRoute2, Ifupdown2)
    • Configure using IpRoute2
    • Configure using ifupdown2
  • configuring IP on 802.1Q interface
    • Configure using IpRoute2
    • Configure using ifupdown2
  • Routing on 802.1Q interface
    • Configure static routing using IpRoute2
    • Configure routing using FRR
  • PoE controller
    • Support for DNI platforms
    • Support for Accton platforms
    • Support for new ODM platforms
  • Telemetry
    • Platform Telemetry
    • Network Telemetry
  • Netconf
    • Netconf Edit
    • Netconf Get
    • Netconf replace
  • gNMI
    • gNMI get
    • gNMI set
    • gNMI subscribe
    • gNMI response
  • Configuration schema modelling
    • YANG modelling for platform
    • YANG modelling for Network
  • Dynamic Routing
    • Support for OSPF via FRR
    • Support for ISIS  via FRR
  • Scale & Performance Improvements
    • Improve Firewall Scaling numbers
    • Improve Firewall Programming Performance
    • Resource management for ACLs
    • Add Flags to recognize LOCAL Ips
  • Dataplane policing
    • BUM traffic Policing
    • Data packet policing
    • Control packet policing
  • User application support
  • Extend TC persistency tool for policers
  • IPv6 parity with IPv4
  • And others

“B” Release (v2) Q1 2021

Feature List

  • VxLAN – Needs Marvell SwitchDev support
  • IPv6
  • NAT – Needs SwitchDev support
  • Static / Dynamic
  • NetConf/OpenConfig – In FRR
  • PPPoE
  • EVPN Multihoming (Coming in  FRR 7.x)
  • Anycast Gateway
  • 801.x

“C” Release (v3) Q3/Q4 2021

Feature List

  • MCLag
  • 802.1br
  • Port Security

Major known features and milestones may be noted here. This is not a commitment but plan of work. This list is obviously neither complete nor guaranteed.

DentOS Architecture Diagram

DENT OS Architecture Diagram

Hardware Compatibility List

SpeedVendor/ManufacturerDescriptionASICdentOS Release
10GDNI48x10G SFPMellanox SpectrumV1
10GDNI48x10G SFPMarvell Aldrin 2V1
1G +10GDNI48x1G PoE + 4x10G SFPMarvell AC3XV1
1G +10GDNI48x1G + 4x10G SFPMarvell AC3XV1
10GEdgecore48x10G SFPMarvell Aldrin 2V1
1G + 10GEdgecore48x1G + 4x10G SFPMarvell AC3XV1
1G + 10GEdgecore48x1G PoE + 4x10G SFPMarvell AC3XV1
10GWNC48 x 10G SFP+Marvell Aldrin2V1
1GWNC48 x 1G with PoE+
4 x 10G SFP+
Marvell AC3XV1
1GWNC48 x 1G
4 x 10G SFP+
Marvell AC3XV1