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Wanted: Systems Abstractions for SDN

Author(s): Bhatia, Sapan; Bavier, Andy; Peterson, Larry

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Abstract: This paper presents a case for applying the principles of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to middleboxes and end hosts. The challenges of configuring networking on network hosts resemble those addressed by SDN – numerous multi-vendor components, each with its own syntax and idiosyncratic corner cases, must be orchestrated smoothly. We have developed a prototype called NativeClick, a novel use of the Click Modular Router language, to orchestrate Linux networking tools. NativeClick demonstrates that, while existing SDN efforts have produced insufficient Abstractions to cover a wide range of networking behavior, SDN-like abstractions can make host configurations modular.
Publication Date: 2013
Citation: Bhatia, Sapan, Andy Bavier, and Larry Peterson. "Wanted: Systems Abstractions for SDN." In 14th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (2013).
Type of Material: Conference Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: 14th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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