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Microsoft researchers tout low-cost, programmable prototype data center switch

Michael Cooney, Network World | March 30, 2011
BOSTON--Microsoft researchers are experimenting with a programmable, low-cost prototype switch they say could help support cloud or other network-delivered services.

From the group's whitepaper: "Our software API currently focuses on lookup table programmability and queue information query. Current switching chips also provide advanced features such as queue and buffer management, access control, and priority and fair queuing scheduling. We plan to extend our API to cover these features in our future work. We also plan to upgrade the current 1GE hardware to 10G in the next version. We expect that ServerSwitch may be used for networking research beyond DCN (for example in enterprise networking). We plan to release both the Server-Switch card and the software package to the networking research community in the future."


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