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A P4-Enabled RINA Interior Router for Software-Defined Data Centers

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Fundació i2CAT, Software Networks Research Area, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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TRIA Network Systems LLC, Orlando, FL 32789, USA
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Computers 2020, 9(3), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers9030070
Received: 22 July 2020 / Revised: 28 August 2020 / Accepted: 31 August 2020 / Published: 2 September 2020
The lack of high-performance RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture) implementations to date makes it hard to experiment with RINA as an underlay networking fabric solution for different types of networks, and to assess RINA’s benefits in practice on scenarios with high traffic loads. High-performance router implementations typically require dedicated hardware support, such as FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) or specialized ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). With the advance of hardware programmability in recent years, new possibilities unfold to prototype novel networking technologies. In particular, the use of the P4 programming language for programmable ASICs holds great promise for developing a RINA router. This paper details the design and part of the implementation of the first P4-based RINA interior router, which reuses the layer management components of the IRATI Linux-based RINA implementation and implements the data-transfer components using a P4 program. We also describe the configuration and testing of our initial deployment scenarios, using ancillary open-source tools such as the P4 reference test software switch (BMv2) or the P4Runtime API. View Full-Text
Keywords: RINA; P4; software-defined networking; high-performance router RINA; P4; software-defined networking; high-performance router
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Fernández, C.; Giménez, S.; Grasa, E.; Bunch, S. A P4-Enabled RINA Interior Router for Software-Defined Data Centers. Computers 2020, 9, 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers9030070

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Fernández C, Giménez S, Grasa E, Bunch S. A P4-Enabled RINA Interior Router for Software-Defined Data Centers. Computers. 2020; 9(3):70. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers9030070

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Fernández, Carolina, Sergio Giménez, Eduard Grasa, and Steve Bunch. 2020. "A P4-Enabled RINA Interior Router for Software-Defined Data Centers" Computers 9, no. 3: 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers9030070

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