Networking

ServerSwitch: A Programmable and High Performance Platform for Data Center Networks

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Executive Summary

As one of the fundamental infrastructures for cloud computing, Data Center Networks (DCN) have recently been studied extensively. The authors currently use pure software-based systems, FPGA based platforms, e.g., NetFPGA, or OpenFlow switches, to implement and evaluate various DCN designs including topology design, control plane and routing, and congestion control. However, software-based approaches suffer from high CPU overhead and processing latency; FPGA based platforms are difficult to program and incur high cost; and OpenFlow focuses on control plane functions at present. In this paper, they design a ServerSwitch to address the above problems. ServerSwitch is motivated by the observation that commodity Ethernet switching chips are becoming programmable and that the PCI-E interface provides high throughput and low latency between the server CPU and I/O subsystem.

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