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RiceNIC: a reconfigurable network interface for experimental research and education

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RiceNIC: a reconfigurable network interface for experimental research and education
The evaluation of new network server architectures is usually performed experimentally using either a simulator or a hardware prototype. Accurate simulation of the hardwaresoftware interface within the network subsystem is challenging due to the interactions of multiple asynchronous systems. Small timing inaccuracies in such a system can perturb the hardware and software state yielding potentially misleading results. Hardware prototypes show more promise because they are real-world implementations, not simplifications. Existing Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) are unsuitable for prototyping as they lack the capability and/or flexibility for advanced networking research. RiceNIC is an open network interface prototyping platform for public use. This reconfigurable and programmable Gigabit Ethernet NIC is designed to address the dilemma of how to accurately evaluate new ideas in network server architecture, and is built for use in experimental research and education. The flexibili...
Jeffrey Shafer, Scott Rixner
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Updated 16 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where EXPCS
Authors Jeffrey Shafer, Scott Rixner
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