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Blog posts tagged 'Networking and Traffic'

How IPv6 deployment is growing in U.S. and other countries

Posted about 2 weeks ago

To better understand our own IPv6 traffic, Facebook has been measuring IPv6 adoption rate around the world, and we are happy to announce that we are sharing this information at Read more...

Open-sourcing Katran, a scalable network load balancer

Posted about a month ago

Facebook is open-sourcing the Katran forwarding plane software library, which powers the network load balancer used in Facebook's infrastructure. Katran offers a software-based solution to load balancing with a completely reengineered forwarding plane that takes advantage of two recent innovations in kernel engineering: eXpress Data Path (XDP) and the eBPF virtual machine. Read more...

Fabric Aggregator: A flexible solution to our traffic demand

Posted about 3 months ago

The disaggregated design provides the flexibility, capacity, and speed to address our current needs and our future growth. Read more...

Jay ParikhEngineering

Global connectivity: Working together to bring more people online

Posted about 4 months ago

Today at Mobile World Congress, Facebook is announcing a number of new initiatives with partners to bring more people online. Read more...

David MortensonEngineering

2017 Year in review: Better global networks

Posted about 6 months ago

Looking back at the new technologies and advancements from Facebook engineering in 2017. Read more...

Open/R: Open routing for modern networks

Posted about 7 months ago

The open source platform spans a wide variety of network domains and designs and enables rapid innovation in network functions. Read more...

FCR: Open source command runner for network devices

Posted about 10 months ago

FCR allows applications to connect and run commands on thousands of network devices. Read more...

Steering oceans of content to the world

Posted about 10 months ago
blog post · Infra · Networking and Traffic

Edge Fabric makes Facebook's edge networking faster, less congested, and more flexible. Read more...

Omar BaldonadoEngineering at Facebook

Networking @Scale 2017 Recap

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Networking and Traffic · @Scale

More than 600 engineers gathered at our third Networking @Scale conference to discuss innovations in network engineering, services, and hardware and IPv6 applications. Read more...

Building Express Backbone: Facebook’s new long-haul network

Posted about a year ago

Increased bandwidth demand for replication of rich content like photos and video challenged the classic backbone network design. Read more...

Eran TalEngineering

OCP Summit 2017 — Facebook news recap

Posted about a year ago

This year's announcements included an end-to-end server refresh, product updates, and new partner collaborations. Read more...

Designing 100G optical connections

Posted about a year ago

The single-mode optical transceiver enables Facebook's data centers to serve traffic at 100 Gb/s while keeping power consumption low and increasing efficiency. Read more...

Disaggregate: Networking recap

Posted about a year ago

Industry leaders in networking engineering share how disaggregating hardware and software fosters innovation. Read more...

Building Zero protocol for fast, secure mobile connections

Posted about a year ago
blog post · Mobile · Networking and Traffic · Security · Android · iOS · Performance

The protocol introduces several changes that help make mobile connections more efficient and secure. Read more...

The growing ecosystem around open networking hardware

Posted about a year ago

Several companies have developed solutions around Facebook's open networking technologies. Read more...

Glenn RivkeesEngineering

Legacy support on IPv6-only infra

Posted about a year ago

A series of changes to Facebook's load balancers allows IPv4 traffic to be served on its IPv6 data center infrastructure. Read more...

Roy ZhangEngineering

Favorite hacks of 2016

Posted about a year ago

Company hackathons spurred the development of several new products and tools in 2016. Read more...

Introducing Backpack: Our second-generation modular open switch

Posted about 2 years ago

Together with Wedge 100, Backpack brings us one step closer to the fully open 100G data center. Read more...

Introducing Community Cellular Manager: A management and deployment suite for small-scale cellular networks

Posted about 2 years ago

CCM is designed for reliable operation in environments with unreliable power and backhaul, providing fully disconnected operation for local voice and SMS services. Read more...

An open approach for switching, routing, and transport

Posted about 2 years ago

Facebook used Open Packet DWDM — a packet transponder and open line transport system with open optical specifications — to develop a new transponder platform called Voyager. Read more...

Ryan MackEngineering

Networking @Scale Boston

Posted about 2 years ago
blog post · @Scale · Networking and Traffic

Our third @Scale conference in Boston focused on the growing challenges engineers face scaling applications and services to millions and sometimes billions of people. Read more...

Wedge 100: More open and versatile than ever

Posted about 2 years ago

The specification for Facebook's second-generation top-of-rack switch has been accepted into the Open Compute Project. Read more...

Najam AhmadEngineering

Building one of the highest-capacity subsea cables in the Pacific

Posted about 2 years ago

Increased capacity, flexible traffic routes, and adaptable system equipment are all things we look for when we consider new projects. Read more...

Angelo FaillaEngineering

DHCPLB: An open source load balancer

Posted about 2 years ago

From hackathon prototype to internship project, the new load balancer is now deployed across Facebook's server fleet to manage DHCP traffic. Read more...

Robotron: Top-down network management at scale

Posted about 2 years ago

The system's top-down approach translates human intentions into a set of distributed, heterogeneous configurations to manage Facebook's global network. Read more...

Kashif AliEngineer at Facebook

Introducing OpenCellular: An open source wireless access platform

Posted about 2 years ago

The platform can be configured as a network-in-a-box or cellular access point and supports wireless network standards from 2G to LTE. Read more...

Omar BaldonadoEngineering at Facebook

Growing the Wedge/Wedge 100 community

Posted about 2 years ago

Starting late last year and into 2016, we've seen several groups and companies start to experiment and develop on top of Wedge. Read more...

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