IP Infusion's ZebOS Routing Speeds Development with NPF Compliance

8/27/2003 - IP Infusion, a leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, announced that its ZebOS® Advanced Routing Suite (ARS) is compliant with the recently defined Network Processing Forum (NPF) software implementation agreements, including the IPv4 Unicast Forwarding Service API and Interface Management API. Implementing NPF agreements can speed development time and lower costs by providing a common set of APIs for networking hardware vendors deploying network processors, co-processors and protocol software.

"The NPF is pleased that IP Infusion has implemented the software agreements. Support of the agreements by independent software houses like IP Infusion will accelerate the adoption of network processor technology," stated Misha Nossik, Chairman of the Board of the Network Processing Forum.

IP Infusion has enhanced its Network Processor Application Program Interface (NPapi) to support the NPF IPv4 Unicast and Interface Management agreements. Networking vendors who choose to deploy ZebOS software and processors from vendors supporting NPF-defined software interfaces can now reduce the effort required to integrate control plane to data plane software.

"IP Infusion intends to continue implementing NPF software agreements as they are approved,” added Gary Hemminger, Vice President of Marketing at IP Infusion. “As the software infrastructure supporting the network processor industry continues to expand and diversify, it will be imperative that standard common interfaces are deployed.”

The IPv4 Unicast Implementation Agreement, approved in April 2003, describes service API definitions for IPv4 Unicast forwarding. Functions defined include input/output parameters, return code specifications, and detailed usage notes for a range of API related to IPv4 Unicast route table management. The Interface Management Agreement, meanwhile, provides API specifications for creating, deleting and managing interfaces. Also in the agreements are specifications for respective completion callback and event handler routines.

About IP Infusion
IP Infusion is a leading provider of intelligent networking software for enhanced IP services. The company's software includes core routing and switching technology that enables equipment vendors, service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises to rapidly build and provision a broad range of standards-based and value-added IP services. Founded in 1999, IP Infusion has employees in San Jose, California; Cary, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; and Europe. The company has a growing global customer base in the wired and wireless networking markets and has alliances with industry leading network processor (NPU) suppliers. IP Infusion is a member of the Network Processing Forum, Intel® Communications Alliance, and an active participant in the IETF. For more information about the company and its products call 408/794-1500 or visit www.ipinfusion.com.

ZebOS is a registered trademark and IP Infusion and the ipinfusion logo are trademarks of IP Infusion Inc.

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