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Thursday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DPDK & BESS: Fast Packet Processing for NFV - Sangjin Han, UC Berkley; Christian Maciocco, Intel; Joshua Reich, AT&T Labs

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We will present cutting-edge technologies for high-performance packet processing on general-purpose CPUs. We begin with Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), a set of libraries and drivers that can be used to receive and send packets within the minimum number of CPU cycles, develop fast packet processing algorithms, and run third-party fast path stacks. We then turn to the Berkeley Extensible Software Switch (BESS) that picks up where DPDK leaves off: providing a modular framework for functions such as L2/L3 forwarding, IPsec, and firewalling. Developed jointly by UC Berkeley, Intel and AT&T, BESS offers both maximal extensibility and extremely high performance: outperforming current soft-switches for OPNFV usage models. This makes BESS ideal for custom applications---unlike monolithic software switches whose large baked-in feature sets consume resources and hamper extensibility.

It is recommended that attendees bring their laptops with them for this session. 

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Christian Maciocco

Research Scientist, Intel Corporation
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Joshua Reich

Research Scientist, AT&T
Systems, Networking, SDN, NFV, Verification, PL

Thursday March 17, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom D Santa Clara Convention Center