Emulation platforms supporting Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) allow developers to rapidly prototype network services. None of the available platforms, however, supports experimenting with programmable data planes to enable VNF offloading. In this demonstration, we show FOP4, a flexible platform that provides support for Docker-based VNFs, and VNF offloading, by means of P4-enabled switches. The platform provides interfaces to program the P4 devices and to deploy network functions. We demonstrate FOP4 with two complex example scenarios, demonstrating how developers can exploit data plane programmability to implement network functions.

Demonstrating FOP4: A Flexible Platform to Prototype NFV Offloading Scenarios

Moro D.;Capone A.
2019-01-01

Abstract

Emulation platforms supporting Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) allow developers to rapidly prototype network services. None of the available platforms, however, supports experimenting with programmable data planes to enable VNF offloading. In this demonstration, we show FOP4, a flexible platform that provides support for Docker-based VNFs, and VNF offloading, by means of P4-enabled switches. The platform provides interfaces to program the P4 devices and to deploy network functions. We demonstrate FOP4 with two complex example scenarios, demonstrating how developers can exploit data plane programmability to implement network functions.
IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks, NFV-SDN 2019 - Proceedings
978-1-7281-4545-7
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