Networking

Scalable Network Virtualization Using FPGAs

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Executive Summary

Recent virtual network implementations have shown the capability to implement multiple network data planes using a shared hardware substrate. In this project, a new scalable virtual networking data plane is demonstrated which combines the performance efficiency of FPGA hardware with the flexibility of software running on a commodity PC. Multiple virtual router data planes are implemented using a Virtex II-based NetFPGA card to accommodate virtual networks requiring superior packet forwarding performance. Numerous additional data planes for virtual networks which require less bandwidth and slower forwarding speeds are implemented on a commodity PC server via software routers.

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