byWilbur_Smith09-06-201710:23 AM - edited 09-06-201710:25 AM
As I was thinking through a topic for this blog entry, I remembered a conversation with a fellow SE describing their customer’s first demo with our new SLX router: “…yeah, and he thinks Air Traffic Controller is a blast!”
Though I didn’t get it initially, the comment was a joking reference to the underlying Linux OS that SLX-OS is built on. It took some Googling to learn Air Traffic Controller is a TTY Console-based game that has survived as a port into Linux. Still confused? Don’t worry, because the Internet is amazing at stuff like this: https://ttygames.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/air-traffic-controller
So is there really a hidden console game on Brocade’s newest routing platform, the SLX? Not quite, but it is inside the Third Party VM (TPVM) that can be deployed on SLX. What’s the TPVM and why should customers care? Before answering, let’s take a step back.