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SwitchBlade: a platform for rapid deployment of network protocols on programmable hardware

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SwitchBlade: a platform for rapid deployment of network protocols on programmable hardware
We present SwitchBlade, a platform for rapidly deploying custom protocols on programmable hardware. SwitchBlade uses a pipeline-based design that allows individual hardware modules to be enabled or disabled on the fly, integrates software exception handling, and provides support for forwarding based on custom header fields. SwitchBlade's ease of programmability and wire-speed performance enables rapid prototyping of custom data-plane functions that can be directly deployed in a production network. SwitchBlade integrates common packet-processing functions as hardware modules, enabling different protocols to use these functions without having to resynthesize hardware. SwitchBlade's customizable forwarding engine supports both longest-prefix matching in the packet header and exact matching on a hash value. SwitchBlade's software exceptions can be invoked based on either packet or flow-based rules and updated quickly at runtime, thus making it easy to integrate more flexibl...
Muhammad Bilal Anwer, Murtaza Motiwala, Muhammad M
Added 06 Dec 2010
Updated 06 Dec 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where SIGCOMM
Authors Muhammad Bilal Anwer, Murtaza Motiwala, Muhammad Mukarram Bin Tariq, Nick Feamster
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