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Building a fast, virtualized data plane with programmable hardware

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Building a fast, virtualized data plane with programmable hardware
Network virtualization allows many networks to share the same underlying physical topology; this technology has offered promise both for experimentation and for hosting multiple networks on a single shared physical infrastructure. Much attention has focused on virtualizing the network control plane, but, ultimately, a limiting factor in the deployment of these virtual networks is data-plane performance: Virtual networks must ultimately forward packets at rates that are comparable to native, hardware-based approaches. Aside from proprietary solutions from vendors, hardware support for virtualized data planes is limited. The advent of open, programmable network hardware promises flexibility, speed, and resource isolation, but, unfortunately, hardware does not naturally lend itself to virtualization. We leverage emerging trends in programmable hardware to design a flexible, hardware-based data plane for virtual networks. We present the design, implementation, and preliminary evaluation...
Muhammad Bilal Anwer, Nick Feamster
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where SIGCOMM
Authors Muhammad Bilal Anwer, Nick Feamster
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