KNITS: Switch-based Connection Hand-off

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KNITS: Switch-based Connection Hand-off
—This paper describes a mechanism allowing nodes to hand-off active connections by utilizing connection splicing at an edge-switch serving as a gateway to a server cluster. The mechanism is primarily intended to be used as part of a content aware request distribution strategy. Our approach uses an extended form of network address translation which maps inbound connection information (ie. address, port, and sequence number) to a separate outbound connection. A key difference in our approach is that while the switch performs network address translation and TCP splicing, the actual hand-off is triggered by the back-end nodes. This relieves the switch of performing any application layer responsibilities. Nodes may hand-off connections by first initiating a new connection to the destination and then sending a message to the gateway which splices the two connections together. The gateway modifies subsequent packet headers in order to create a transparent hand-off. This mechanism requires...
Eric Van Hensbergen, Athanasios E. Papathanasiou
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Updated 15 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2002
Authors Eric Van Hensbergen, Athanasios E. Papathanasiou
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