xPF: Packet Filtering for Low-Cost Network Monitoring
Source: Columbia University
The ever-increasing complexity in network infrastructures is making critical the demand for network monitoring tools. While the majority of network operators rely on low-cost open-source tools based on commodity hardware and operating systems, the increasing link speeds and complexity of network monitoring applications have revealed inefficiencies in the existing software organization, which may prohibit the use of such tools in high-speed networks. Although several new architectures have been proposed to address these problems, they require significant effort in re-engineering the existing body of applications. This paper presents an alternative approach that addresses the primary sources of inefficiency without significantly altering the software structure.