Join the Intel® Connectivity Research Program

Become a member of the community and collaborate with industry peers to create the next generation of networking innovation where performance and programmability can be delivered together.

Advance Your Groundbreaking Networking Research

The project invites research organizations to access Intel® Tofino™ series platforms and software in a scalable way. Intel® Tofino™ runs at 6.5 Tb/s and is fully P4 programmable. Explore new forwarding plane functions by describing them in P4, then compiling and running them. If your P4 program fits on Intel® Tofino™, it always runs at line rate.

The Intel® Connectivity Research Program provides a private online community group in which members support each other by sharing questions, knowledge, and experience. The goal is to expand understanding of networking possibilities and ignite development of innovative solutions that improve people’s lives.

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Program Membership Requirements

To join and participate in the Intel® Connectivity Research Program, applicants must meet the following obligations.

Confidentiality Agreement

A software license and confidentiality agreement (SLACA) shall be executed as is by the professor or research chair. This is a standard agreement accepted by over 100 universities and research organizations around the world. If you believe modifications to the agreement are absolutely necessary, please note the current wait time for legal review is approximately three to six months.


All participants acknowledge and agree that Intel will not be able to provide any direct support. Instead, participants should seek help from other members in the Intel® Community—Connectivity Research Program Private Group. The private group is open to all Intel® Connectivity Academy (ICA) Research Program participants.


To get you started with a foundation, Intel is offering access to a paid level 1 ICA course, subject to limited availability. At least one member of the research organization shall be an ICA graduate so as to assist other members. The research group should register for training within one month of joining the Intel® Connectivity Research Program for level 1 training to take place within the subsequent eight months if no one else has yet completed the training.

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Intel® Tofino™

All member organizations are responsible for acquiring a switch with Intel® Tofino™. Intel will not sell or loan any switches and all members are expected to have their own plan to acquire a switch. Please refer to the following partner websites for more details:  Edge-core and  Netberg.


Participants are highly encouraged to share questions, knowledge, and experience with each other to help promote the advancement of the community. All groups shall actively engage and answer at least one question per quarter in the Intel® Connectivity Research Program Private Group.

Code of Conduct

Participants are expected to treat each other with respect. Forum postings should be constructive. Offensive, misrepresented, harmful, infringing, and unlawful comments or content are unacceptable. User or member group accounts may be suspended if proper conduct is not maintained.

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Publication Review

To help preserve Intel confidentiality, all participants planning to publicly publish information relating to Intel® technology agree to submit a draft of the proposed publication for review at least 10 days in advance of the desired approval date.

Failure to comply with the aforementioned terms by any participant of your organization will result in suspension of all members of your organization from the Intel® Connectivity Research Program.

Final qualification and approval of your submitted application are subject to Intel’s review.

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