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Arrillaga Alumni Center: 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Sponsored by: Netronome, AT&T, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Barefoot Networks
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Tuesday, May 24 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
High-Speed Forwarding: A P4 Compiler with a Hardware Abstraction Library for Intel DPDK

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In cooperation with Ericsson our team from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary works on a P4 compiler that separates the hardware specific and hardware independent program functionalities. According to this design, the core compiler generates a target independent core program that relies on a target-specific hardware abstraction library representing an abstraction layer between the actual hardware and the P4 program. This design enables us to switch to a new hardware without writing a new P4 compiler and recompiling the original P4 program, since the core program always remains the same and the underlying target-specific library will only be changed. In this talk, we will present the current status of our target independent core compiler, the challenges we faced during the development, an Intel DPDK-based implementation of the hardware abstraction library and the performance test results. According to the first experiments, our DPDK-based L2 switch compiled from a P4 code can reach 9.1 Gbps forwarding rate on a single core setup with 10 Gbps line cards and Ethernet probe packets of 64 bytes. The testbed preparation for 40 Gbps and other more complex scenarios is on going. 

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Sándor Laki, ELTE

Sandor Laki is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary. His research interests focus on active and passive network measurement techniques, traffic analytics, IP geolocation and algorithmic aspects of communication networks. Since 2015, he is a senior member of the Communication Networks Laboratory - a joint laboratory... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 4:20pm - 4:40pm
McCaw Hall - Presentations