About Compass Networks
Compass Networks is a next generation networking company. Its photonic backplane technology, icPhotonics™ powers ultra-bandwidth dense networking devices that bring networking into the age of modularity and virtualization. Our icPhotonics™ technology is the world’s first commercial silicon for inter-chip optical interconnect. Its routers and SDN Forwarding Planes are a new breed of scale-out networking devices, enabling SDN-based, simplified architectures in service provider networks.
The world runs on data but today’s high-speed carrier grade routers are costly, power-hungry and extremely complex to scale.
At the heart of the problem lies a simple truth: high-speed router technology evolution has reached a near-plateau; a profound technology shift is required to make the future of networking more scalable and sustainable. Compass Networks’ icPhotonics™ technology, the world’s first optical chip-to-chip interconnect, enables this revolution, resulting in higher-speed networking elements (routers and SDN Forwarding Planes) with a smaller footprint and lower power requirements. What’s more, Compass-EOS networking elements enable a distributed networking architecture made of modular building-blocks that can scale simply and easily, just like servers are added to scale data centers.
This inherent innovation drives the new generation of system developed by Compass Networks: the SDN Forwarding Plane. The SDN Forwarding Plane takes its instructions from processes in the cloud and defines in detail what each flow in the plane is doing in a packet-by-packet basis, supporting SDN/NFV based open-standard protocols. It lets Service Providers incrementally scale through the simple addition of more devices, just like servers are used to scale data centers today.
High-performance networking requires ultra-fast data transfer between microchips. Electronics-based interconnect requires compromises between data speed and interconnect distance; these compromises act as a bottleneck within any router, requiring a costly and power-hungry switching fabric and midplane that further increase router footprint, management and maintenance requirements.
Compass Networks’ routers and SDN Forwarding Plane along with their icPhotonics™ interconnect provide a simple and more scalable alternative to today’s multi-chassis solutions, enabling a distributed switching architecture of mo