A virtual firewall based on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with Software Defined Networking (SDN) provides high scalability and flexibility for low-cost monitoring of legacy networks by dynamically deploying virtual network appliances rather than traditional hardware-based appliances. However, full utilization of virtual firewalls requires efficient management of computer virtualization resources and on-demand placement of virtual firewalls by steering traffic to the correct routing path using an SDN controller. In this paper, we design P4Guard, a software-based configurable firewall based on a high-level domain-specific language to specify packet processing logic using P4. P4Guard is a protocol-independent and platform-agnostic software-based firewall that can be incorporated into software switches that is highly usable and deployable. We evaluate the efficiency of P4Guard in processing traffic, compared to our previous virtual firewall in NFV.
P4NFV: P4 Enabled NFV Systems with SmartNICs
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are transforming Data Center (DC), Telecom, and enterprise networking. The programmability offered by P4 enables SDN to be more protocol-independent and flexible. Data Centers are increasingly adopting SmartNICs (sNICs) to accelerate packet processing that can be leveraged to support packet processing pipelines and custom Network Functions (NFs). However, there are several challenges in integrating and deploying P4 based SDN control as well as host and sNIC-based programmable NFs. These include configuration and management of the data plane components (Host and sNIC P4 switches) for the SDN control plane and effective utilization of data plane resources. P4NFV addresses these concerns and provides a unified P4 switch abstraction framework to simplify the SDN control plane, reducing management complexities, and leveraging a host-local SDN Agent to improve the overall resource utilization. The SDN agent considers the network-wide, host, and sNIC specific capabilities and constraints. Based on workload and traffic characteristics, P4NFV determines the partitioning of the P4 tables and optimal placement of NFs (P4 actions) to minimize the overall delay and maximize resource utilization. P4NFV uses Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) based optimization formulation and achieves up to 2. 5X increase in system capacity more »
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- 2019 IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (NFV-SDN)
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