During a keynote at the 2019 Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit in San Jose, today debuted Minipack, a modular whitebox network switch platform it claims is the first of its kind with an “open” design.

“We are excited to work with the community to develop an ecosystem around Minipack,” said director of engineering at Facebook Hans-Juergen Schmidtke in a statement. “[It’s] the next generation of open, modular switch platforms that is more flexible, scalable and efficient for modern data centers.”

The Minipack AS8000 Switch — which was developed by Edgecore Networks, the division of Accton Technology specializing in traditional and open network solutions — is based on Broadcom’s StrataXGS Tomahawk III Switch Series, but occupies a smaller footprint while delivering more compute power at

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