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Building a Robust Software-Based Router Using Network Processors

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Building a Robust Software-Based Router Using Network Processors
Recent efforts to add new services to the Internet have increased interest in software-based routers that are easy to extend and evolve. This paper describes our experiences using emerging network processors—in particular, the Intel IXP1200—to implement a router. We show it is possible to combine an IXP1200 development board and a PC to build an inexpensive router that forwards minimumsized packets at a rate of 3¢ 47Mpps. This is nearly an order of magnitude faster than existing pure PC-based routers, and sufficient to support 1¢ 77Gbps of aggregate link bandwidth. At lesser aggregate line speeds, our design also allows the excess resources available on the IXP1200 to be used robustly for extra packet processing. For example, with 8 £ 100Mbps links, 240 register operations and 96 bytes of state storage are available for each 64-byte packet. Using a hierarchical architecture we can guarantee line-speed forwarding rates for simple packets with the IXP1200, and still have extra c...
Tammo Spalink, Scott Karlin, Larry L. Peterson, Yi
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Type Conference
Year 2001
Where SOSP
Authors Tammo Spalink, Scott Karlin, Larry L. Peterson, Yitzchak Gottlieb
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