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Whitebox Switching and Hardware / Software Disaggregation

Time 10/17/17 11:20AM-11:40AM

Room Grand Ballroom A

Session Abstract

This talk will look at whitebox switching and the approaches to hoft and hardware component disaggregation. We will explain why disaggregation is important for future network implementations, and what benefits R&E network can expect. We will discuss constraints that need to be overcome to expand this approach from the datacenters into the WAN environments, we will contrast OpenFlow / SDN to SAI / OCP, trying to understand the current market dynamic. The talk will also discuss the importance of Linux as a Network OS for control applications.
As an example of an SAI / OCP implementation we will present details of SONiC, Microsoft’s Azure Cloud networking platform. We will highlight the architecture, underlying software components, and hardware adaption layer.
Finally, we will share some insights from our work within the whitebox lab at IU, and lessons learned from that work. We will show some new possibilities with whitebox solutions, for example installing PerfSonar directly on a switch platform, or using new telemetry opportunities like Broadview to gain insight into chipset buffer utilization, allowing for microburst detection on the network.


Speaker Edward Balas Indiana University

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Whitebox Lab at IU

Speaker Edward Balas Indiana University

Primary track Advanced Networking

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