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Programmable Network Data Planes (Dagstuhl Seminar 19141)

Authors Gianni Antichi, Theophilus Benson, Nate Foster, Fernando M. V. Ramos, Justine Sherry and all authors of the abstracts in this report



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Gianni Antichi
Theophilus Benson
Nate Foster
Fernando M. V. Ramos
Justine Sherry
and all authors of the abstracts in this report

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Gianni Antichi, Theophilus Benson, Nate Foster, Fernando M. V. Ramos, and Justine Sherry. Programmable Network Data Planes (Dagstuhl Seminar 19141). In Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp. 178-201, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)
https://doi.org/10.4230/DagRep.9.3.178

Abstract

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) started the "softwarization" of networking. By relocating the control plane onto a logically centralized machine, SDN gave programmers the ability to specify the behavior of the network directly in software, unleashing a major transformation both in the networking research community and in industry. However, a key limitation of the original SDN vision was the limited functionality exposed in protocols such as OpenFlow. Recent efforts to develop reconfigurable data planes and high-level network programming languages has made it possible to truly program the data plane -- i.e., to change the way packets are processed on network devices. The ability to fully program the network-both control and data plane-is expected have a profound impact on the field of networking in the coming years. In this seminar we discussed the key questions and problems to be addressed in the next 10 years on the area of programmable dataplanes, and how they will potentially shape the future of networking. As an outcome we are now working on a research agenda to serve as the start of a discussion with networking researchers, practitioners, and the industry as a whole. This report is a first step towards that goal.
Keywords
  • programmable data planes
  • software-defined networks
  • programmable networks

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