Intel announced the FM6700 chipset at the Intel Developers Forum in Sept and I missed this particularly interesting piece of information that will upset the OpenFlow haters:
For the SDN networks, the FlexPipe frame processor can be used to parse and process SDN packets. The switch also supports 4,000 complete OpenFlow 12-tuple table entries that can be searched in a single pass for added performance. There are also flexible tagging and tunneling options, including the ability to provide both an SDN and tunneling proxy for connected hosts.
This chipset supports 4000 fully extended OpenFlow tuples which is insane given the current technology. You can do a LOT with 4000 flows in a switch. And with Intel technology it’s hopeful that a full OpenFlow physical network will be more practical within the forseeable future. And check this out:
At the platform level, we’ve introduced Seacliff Trail, a top-of-rack switch network reference platform for OEMs and ODMs that is based on the FM6764. It offers 48 SFP+ 10GBE ports and four QSFP+ 40GBE ports, and can drive up to 7m of direct attach copper without the need for additional PHY chips on the board.
Speeds and feeds are covered when compared to Broadcom and you can expect prices to be lower because the PHY modules are integral to the FM6700 silicon.