Minimizing Rulesets for TCAM Implementation

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Minimizing Rulesets for TCAM Implementation
—Packet classification is a function increasingly used in a number of networking appliances and applications. Typically, sists of a set of abstract classifications, and a set of rules which sort packets into the various classifications. For packet classification at line speeds, Ternary Content-Addressable Memories (TCAMs) have become a norm in most networking hardware. However, TCAMs are expensive and power-hungry. Hence, a packet classification ruleset need to be minimized before populating the TCAM. In this paper, we formulate the Ruleset tion Problem for TCAM as an abstract optimization problem based on two-level logic minimization, and propose an exact solution and a number of heuristics. We present experimental results with two different datasets—artificial filter sets generated using ClassBench tool suite and a real firewall Access Control List (ACL) from a large enterprise. We observe an average reduction of 41% in artificial filter sets and 72.5% reduction in the ...
Rick McGeer, Praveen Yalagandula
Added 24 May 2010
Updated 24 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Rick McGeer, Praveen Yalagandula
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