May 4, 2020—

A Conversation With Mario Baldi – Pensando Distinguished Technologist

By: Silvano Gai

This article was originally posted on Silvano Gai’s blog and can be found here.


In the previous posts, I discussed the relevance of the P4 standard in the Pensando Systems Capri ASIC.

In this podcast, I interview Mario Baldi, a well known P4 expert, and ask him to explain to you what P4 is. Mario has also his own blog at

You can find the official P4 website at

Mario just attended a virtual P4 Round-Table and he wrote a blog post about it.

There is also a video of a Roundatable on Programmable NICs:

and a talk about DSC architecture:

My book has a full Chapter on P4 (Chapter 11). Don’t Forget that Pearson/Addison-Wesley has a special offer on my latest book. To save 35% on the book or eBook go to the informit website and use code FUTUREPROOF during checkout to apply the discount.

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