Muhammad Bilal Anwer

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Current approaches to in-network traffic processing involve the deployment of monolithic middleboxes in virtual machines. These approaches make it difficult to reuse functionality across different packet processing elements and also do not use available in-network processing resources efficiently. We present <i>Slick</i>, a framework for programming network(More)
We present SwitchBlade, a platform for rapidly deploying custom protocols on programmable hardware. SwitchBlade uses a pipeline-based design that allows individual hardware modules to be enabled or disabled on the fly, integrates software exception handling, and provides support for forwarding based on custom header fields. SwitchBlade's ease of(More)
Network virtualization allows many networks to share the same underlying physical topology; this technology has offered promise both for experimentation and for hosting multiple networks on a single shared physical infrastructure. Much attention has focused on virtualizing the network control plane, but, ultimately, a limiting factor in the deployment of(More)
There is an increasing desire for programs running at a controller to be able to invoke a rich set of matches and actions that span both the control and data planes. Yet, there is no holistic means to do so. While OpenFlow provides a rich, programmable control plane, it has a fixed/narrow data plane; conversely, although middleboxes, a common way to augment(More)
We present a mechanism for achieving network I/O fairness in virtual machines, by applying flexible rate limiting mechanisms directly to virtual network interfaces. Conventional approaches achieve this fairness by implementing rate limiting either in the virtual machine monitor or hypervisor, which generates considerable CPU interrupt and instruction(More)
Service Function Chains (SFCs) comprise a sequence of Network Functions (NFs) that are typically traversed in-order by data flows. Consequently, SFC delay grows linearly with the length of the SFC. Yet, for highly latency sensitive applications, this delay may be unacceptable---particularly when the constituent NFs are virtualized, running on commodity(More)
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