Association for Computing Machinery
The increase of the web traffic has created the need for web switches that are able to balance the traffic to the server farms based on their contents (e.g. layer 7 switching). In this paper the authors present a web switch implemented in a multiprocessor reconfigurable platform augmented with hardware co-processors. The system supports the TCP splicing scheme to accelerate the routing of the packets by forwarding packets at the IP layer after a connection has been spliced. The processors are alleviated using special co-processors for the management of the spliced connection and the URL string parsing.