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OFLOPS: An Open Framework for OpenFlow Switch Evaluation
Citation key RSUSM-OOFOFSE-12
Author Rotsos, Charalampos and Sarrar, Nadi and Uhlig, Steve and Sherwood, Rob and Moore, Andrew W.
Title of Book Proceedings of Passive and Active Measurements Conference (PAM '12)
Year 2012
Location Vienna, Austria
Month March
Abstract Recent efforts in software-defined networks, such as OpenFlow, give unprecedented access into the forwarding plane of networking equipment. When building a network based on OpenFlow however, one must take into account the performance characteristics of particular OpenFlow switch implementations. In this paper, we present OFLOPS, an open and generic software framework that permits the development of tests for OpenFlow-enabled switches, that measure the capabilities and bottlenecks between the forwarding engine of the switch and the remote control application. OFLOPS combines hardware instrumentation with an extensible software framework. We use OFLOPS to evaluate current OpenFlow switch implementations and make the following observations: (i) The switching performance of flows depends on applied actions and firmware. (ii) Current OpenFlow implementations differ substantially in flow updating rates as well as traffic monitoring capabilities. (iii) Accurate OpenFlow command completion can be observed only through the data plane. These observations are crucial for understanding the applicability of OpenFlow in the context of specific use-cases, which have requirements in terms of forwarding table consistency, flow setup latency, flow space granularity, packet modification types, and/or traffic monitoring abilities.
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