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Forwarding path architectures for multicore software routers

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Publication date2010
Host publicationPRESTO '10: Proceedings of the Workshop on Programmable Routers for Extensible Services of Tomorrow
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0467-2
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Multi-core CPUs, along with recent advances in memory and buses, render commodity hardware a strong candidate for building fexible and high-performance software routers. With a forwarding plane physically composed of many packet processing components and operations, resource allocation in multi-core systems is not trivial. Indeed, packets crossing cache hierarchies degrade forwarding performance, since the bottleneck is main memory access. Therefore, forwarding path allocation and input/output processing become challenging, especially when states and data structures have to be shared among multiple cores. In this context, we investigate a set of input/output processing architectures, as well as resource allocation strategies for forwarding paths. For each packet processing operation, we uncover the gains and possible implications by either running different components concurrently or replicating the same components across different cores.