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P4-BNG: Central Office Network Functions on Programmable Packet Pipelines

Kundel, Ralf and Nobach, Leonhard and Blendin, Jeremias and Kolbe, Hans-Joerg and Schyguda, Georg and Gurevich, Vladimir and Koldehofe, Boris and Steinmetz, Ralf (2019):
P4-BNG: Central Office Network Functions on Programmable Packet Pipelines.
In: 15th International Conference on Network Service Management, Halifax, Canada, 21.-25.10.2019, [Online-Edition: ftp://ftp.kom.tu-darmstadt.de/papers/KNBKSGKS19.pdf],
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Abstract

Large-scale telecommunications providers have to continuously challenge and evolve their network infrastructure to efficiently serve growing markets demands. They must increase performance, lower time-to-market, provide new services, and lower the cost of the infrastructure and its operation. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) on commodity hardware offers an attractive, low-cost platform to establish innovations much faster than with purpose-built hardware products. Unfortunately, implementing NFV on commodity processors does not match the performance requirements of the high-throughput data plane components in large carrier access networks. In this article, we propose a way to offer residential network access with programmable packet processing architectures. Based on the highly flexible P4 programming language, we present a design and open source implementation of a BNG data plane that meets the challenging demands of Broadband Network Gateways in carrier-grade environments. The proposed evaluation results show the desired performance characteristics and our proposed design together with upcoming P4 hardware can offer a giant leap towards highest performance NFV network access.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2019
Creators: Kundel, Ralf and Nobach, Leonhard and Blendin, Jeremias and Kolbe, Hans-Joerg and Schyguda, Georg and Gurevich, Vladimir and Koldehofe, Boris and Steinmetz, Ralf
Title: P4-BNG: Central Office Network Functions on Programmable Packet Pipelines
Language: English
Abstract:

Large-scale telecommunications providers have to continuously challenge and evolve their network infrastructure to efficiently serve growing markets demands. They must increase performance, lower time-to-market, provide new services, and lower the cost of the infrastructure and its operation. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) on commodity hardware offers an attractive, low-cost platform to establish innovations much faster than with purpose-built hardware products. Unfortunately, implementing NFV on commodity processors does not match the performance requirements of the high-throughput data plane components in large carrier access networks. In this article, we propose a way to offer residential network access with programmable packet processing architectures. Based on the highly flexible P4 programming language, we present a design and open source implementation of a BNG data plane that meets the challenging demands of Broadband Network Gateways in carrier-grade environments. The proposed evaluation results show the desired performance characteristics and our proposed design together with upcoming P4 hardware can offer a giant leap towards highest performance NFV network access.

Divisions: 18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute of Computer Engineering
18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute of Computer Engineering > Multimedia Communications
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio)
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > C: Communication Mechanisms
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 1053: MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet > C: Communication Mechanisms > Subproject C2: Information-centred perspective
Event Title: 15th International Conference on Network Service Management
Event Location: Halifax, Canada
Event Dates: 21.-25.10.2019
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 10:38
Official URL: ftp://ftp.kom.tu-darmstadt.de/papers/KNBKSGKS19.pdf
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