Network Software Developers – Are you Part of the Future?

By Elizabeth Warner, Published: 01/26/2017, Last Updated: 01/26/2017

The Intel® Software Innovator program supports innovative, independent developers who display an ability to create and demonstrate forward-looking projects. Through their expertise and innovation with cutting-edge technology, innovators demonstrate a spirit of ingenuity, experimentation, and progressive thinking that inspires the greater developer community in key focus areas. The Intel Software Innovator Program has several technical focus areas that are broken into different branches of the program, and in this article we are featuring Networking.

Intel® Networking Developer Zone

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) requires flexibility in packet processing functions that in turn requires software implementation of the data plane. The Networking program supports the developer working on enabling SDN and NFV on x86 based high volume servers. Intel® architecture provides a standard, reusable, shared platform for SDN/NFV that is easy to dynamically upgrade, maintain, and scale.

Program Tools and Support

In order to support this program Intel has several tools including the Intel® Networking Developer Zone which is a web portal with a wealth of content on various building blocks of a virtualized network with forum support. In addition there are live trainings and meetups to help technical professionals in the network industry to improve their knowledge of key Intel® technologies, industry trends, and technical aspects of NFV deployments. Most of the face-to-face technical trainings are accessible remotely to developers worldwide. There is also an interactive portal called Developer Mesh; a place for developers to post their projects and collaborate with each other. Comprehensive online training is available at the Intel® Network Builders University consisting of a broad collection of online content.

Who Should Participate in this Program?

Network software developers, both new and experienced, especially those developers who have worked in the old way of developing the network and help them move onto new. Developers who are working on projects that Intel feels will move the eco system forward will have more specialized targeted support through the Intel® Software Innovator Program.

Networking Meetups

The program hosts Meetups in both the Bay Area and Bangalore (watch this space for more locations) where engineers and architects from Intel, the Intel eco-system partners, and independent industry key players talk to our developers about their work in the SDN and NFV area. In addition to technical talks the meetups offer deep dive technical labs every quarter as well as tutorials in various conferences. Developers have the opportunity to discuss new project ideas, some of which may be rewarded by being recognized in front of the community with hardware, tools, and the engineering support needed to work on their solution.

Current Meetups, most of which can be joined via a Skype call, include:

Bay Area
March 1: Intel® Developer Zone NFV/DPDK Dev Lab (Must Apply)
April 6: Cloud Networking Deep Dive

March 7: SDN/NFV industry standard DevOps implementation, Benchmarking and Testing

Who Will the Next Developer Be?

Applications like WhatsApp, vChat, Skype, Facebook Messenger, etc. have dried the revenue stream for the telecommunications (TELCO) operators. They are looking for the developer in the garage who will come up with the next app that will bring back the revenue stream to them. Intel wants to support our TELCO operators by supporting our developers to create that killer app. The question is who will the next developer be? We hope it’s you.

Want to learn more about the Intel® Software Innovator Program?

You can read about our innovator updates, get the full program overview, meet the innovators and learn more about innovator benefits. We also encourage you to check out Developer Mesh to learn more about the various projects that our community of innovators are working on. Visit the Intel® Networking Developer Zone for specific information on the networking branch of the innovator program.

Interested in more information? Contact us on Twitter - Bob Duffy and Wendy Boswelland Sujata Tibrewala 

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