DUAN Tong, LAN Julong, HU Yuxiang, LIU Shiran. A Reconfigurable Hardware Architecture for Packet Processing[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2018, 27(2): 428-432. doi: 10.1049/cje.2017.08.018
Citation: DUAN Tong, LAN Julong, HU Yuxiang, LIU Shiran. A Reconfigurable Hardware Architecture for Packet Processing[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2018, 27(2): 428-432. doi: 10.1049/cje.2017.08.018

A Reconfigurable Hardware Architecture for Packet Processing

doi: 10.1049/cje.2017.08.018
Funds:  This work is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973) (No.2012CB315901, No.2013CB329104), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.61521003, No.61372121, No.61309019), and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863) (No.2013AA013505, No.2015AA016102).
  • Received Date: 2015-12-04
  • Rev Recd Date: 2016-05-31
  • Publish Date: 2018-03-10
  • In this paper, we propose a reconfigurable packet processing hardware architecture for future switch, in which several protocol-independent action units are introduced to remove the protocol dependence of conventional packet processors. With the proposed architecture, any specified header fields can be mapped into the right action unit, so that the processor can meet any packet processing demands. To reduce the hardware resource cost, the processor cost model and optimization algorithm are proposed. The NetFPGA-based implementation shows a throughput of 94Gb/s with 64-B packets. The programmability cost is approximately 1.5 times of conventional design, which consumes only 8% of the total FPGA resources.
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