2014 Recipients

CQR 2014, May 13-15, Tucson, Arizona

“L7 Packet Switch: Packet Switch Applying Regular Expression to Packet Payload”

Shogo Ando and Akihiro Nakao, The University of Tokyo

Abstract – Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is widely studied in research community. Although OpenFlow switches are considered one of the promising SDN technologies, even the latest version of OpenFlow (1.3) only handles 40 tuples including Layer 2 to Layer 4 (L2–L4) headers. However, application developers and end users may not often find ”flow” based traffic control. In this paper, we propose L7 Packet Switch, which is a technique for controlling the packets based on the payload of the Layer 7 (L7) instead of the L2–L4 header information. L7 Packet Switch maintains TCP flow information and performs regular expression matching to L7 payload. If a packet in a flow matches a regular expression, the packets belonging to the same flow are controlled by the same rule, i.e., actions such as deflecting a flow to specific output ports. L7 Packet Switch also provides Southbound API so that the regular expressions to be applied and the corresponding actions can be specified on the fly. We implement L7 Packet Switch on FLARE node which is a programmable node using Click. We also evaluate the performance and show the possibility of operation in a network environment of 10 Gbps.

“Performance evaluation of Flow-Aware Multi-Topology Adaptive Routing”

Robert Wo´ jcik (AGH University), Jerzy Domz˙ał (AGH University), Zbigniew Dulin´ ski (Jagiellonian University), Piotr Gawłowicz (AGH University), Dawid Kowalczyk (AGH University)


Abstract – We evaluate a new approach to routing packets in IP networks: Flow-Aware Multi-Topology Adaptive Routing (FAMTAR). FAMTAR combines flow-aware traffic management and an adaptive routing mechanism. FAMTAR allows to create and use additional paths when such demand occurs. The evaluation demonstrates that it is possible to significantly increase the amount of traffic sent in a network in a given time.