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Chaired by: Nick McKeown, Stanford University; Jen Rexford, Princeton University.
Sponsored by: Netronome, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco & Barefoot Networks.
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Wednesday, November 18 • 10:20am - 10:45am
Silicon Independence in Networking: Configuration, Monitoring, and Transformation

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Achieving switch silicon independence is appealing for cloud vendors because it enables separation of concerns. Ideally, network fabrics can be built from forwarding silicon that provides the best combination of: raw forwarding speed, scale, and latency for a minimum level of  monitoring and packet stream transformation. Doing so requires: i) a standard software stack to run local services and to manage local configuration; ii) a standard forwarding model to express what switch monitoring means; and iii) a standard calculus to express the set of transformations supported on individual packets. The community is making good progress on the first goal of standardizing the software stack. In this talk, we argue for the benefits and challenges associated with the second two requirements. Today, switches export such wildly different monitoring and transformation capabilities that developers are forced to either push functionality to the programmable edge of the network or to customize the entire hardware/software stack to the APIs and capabilities of a single vendor.

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Amin Vahdat, Google

Amin Vahdat is a Google Fellow and Technical Lead for networking at Google. He has contributed to Google’s data center, wide area, edge/CDN, and cloud networking infrastructure, with a particular focus on driving vertical integration across large-scale compute, networking, and storage. Vahdat has published more than 150 papers in computer systems, with fundamental contributions to cloud computing, data consistency, energy-efficient... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:20am - 10:45am
McCaw Hall - Presentations

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