The NetFPGA system out of Stanford University has turned out to be a useful platform for protocol experimentation. These folks held a well-attended workshop adjacent to IETF-77 in Anaheim and are repeating it in Beijing. Please direct questions to Adam Covington <gcoving@...>.
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We are pleased to announce an upcoming NetFPGA tutorial in Beijing,
China on November 6-7, 2010.
An open platform called the NetFPGA has been developed at Stanford
University. The NetFPGA platform enables researchers and instructors to
build high-speed, hardware-accelerated networking systems. The platform
can be used in the classroom to teach students how to build Ethernet
switches and Internet Prototcol (IP) routers using hardware rather than
software. The platform can be used by researchers to prototype advanced
services for next-generation networks.
By using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), the NetFPGA enables new
types of packet routing circuits to be implemented and detailed
measurements of network traffic to be obtained. During the tutorial, we
will use the NetFPGA to determine the amount of memory needed to buffer
TCP/IP data streaming through the Gigabit/second router. Hardware
circuits within the NetFPGA will be implemented to measure and plot the
occupancy of buffers. Circuits will be downloaded into reconfigurable
hardware and tested with live, streaming Internet video traffic.
Attendees will utilize a Linux-based PC equipped with NetFPGA hardware.
A basic understanding of Ethernet switching and network routing is
expected. Past experience with Verilog is useful but not required.