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1 EdgeNet2006 Summit1 Virtual LAN as A Network Control Mechanism Tzi-cker Chiueh Computer Science Department Stony Brook University

2 EdgeNet2006 Summit2 Ethernet Routing Spanning tree topology Source Learning to populate the forwarding table Broadcast if dont know what to do Question: How to control the routes on large L2 networks of commodity Ethernet switches? VLAN

3 EdgeNet2006 Summit3 Virtual LAN (IEEE 802.1Q) Originally proposed to support multiple IP subnets on a L2 network without L3 routers VLAN limits the scope of a broadcast packet 4-byte 802.1Q header inserted between SRC MAC and Type/Length 2-byte 802.1Q tag type = 0x bits for priority (IEEE 802.1P) 1 bit for Canonical Format Indicator 12 bits for VLAN ID

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5 5 VLAN in Practice 802.1Q tag is added at the hosts or edge switches Packets are exchanged between two VLANs through a router Conceptually, each VLAN is like a physical LAN that has its own Spanning tree L2 routing table 802.1S allows per-VLAN spanning tree Number of VLANs supported in real switches is hundreds VLAN specification is port-based or host-based Configuration can be based on SNMP or web requests or CLI

6 EdgeNet2006 Summit6 Viking Project Goal: A network resource management system for campus-wide L2 network backbone or Metro Ethernet Services A large number of low-port-density switches vs. a small number of high-port-density switches Larger geographic coverage More cost-effective (economy of scales) More redundancy at the physical connectivity level Higher aggregate back-plane throughput

7 EdgeNet2006 Summit7 Problem with Existing Ethernet Main problem: single spanning tree Inefficient Inflexible routing Longer failure recovery

8 EdgeNet2006 Summit8 Traffic Engineering Constantly measure traffic load matrix Compute an active-backup path for each node pair to balance loads among links and use shorter links whenever possible mesh rather than tree Force a paths route by setting up a dedicated logical VLAN for it ATM-like behavior on Ethernet Need to combine multiple logical VLANs into one physical VLAN, which corresponds to a spanning tree; active and path paths belong to different VLANs

9 EdgeNet2006 Summit9 Big Picture Each host in a single IP subnet participates in multiple VLANs, and uses different VLANs to reach different destination Fast failure recovery: Switch to a different 802.1S VLAN to reach a destination when the current VLAN fails The failure recovery time of the Viking prototype is less than 500 msec, most of which is SNMP trap Next step: Edge-based traffic shaping and 802.1P for QoS guarantee

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11 EdgeNet2006 Summit11 IGMP Snooping Why: Avoid using L2 broadcast when supporting L3 multicast How: Snoop on IGMP packets to infer a L2 distribution tree for an IP multicast group on top of a L2 networks spanning tree Supported by most commodity Ethernet switches Real switches can only track a small number of IP multicast groups Configuration: Sending IGMP packets to the root, which acts as the default router

12 EdgeNet2006 Summit12 Cassini Project Goal: Leverage commodity Ethernet switches as building block for storage area network Multicast is an important primitive Idea: Use VLAN/IGMP snooping to support tree-based L2 multicast Transparent Reliable Multicast: Multiple L3 connections (e.g. TCP) layered on on top of a L2 multicast connection ACK/Retransmission on individual L3 unicast connection

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14 EdgeNet2006 Summit14 Conclusion Many innovative features in commodity Ethernet switches that are largely exploited CLI or SNMP or HTTP provides the possibility of on-the-fly reconfiguration according to workloads and/or hardware health status Interesting application scenarios: Large-scale L2 network Storage area network Compute cluster interconnect: program-specific topology

15 EdgeNet2006 Summit15 Thank You! Questions?

16 EdgeNet2006 Summit16 Mariner Project Goal: Leverage advanced features of commodity Gigabit Ethernet switches to build scalable compute cluster interconnects (~1000 nodes) Programmable application-specific interconnect topology Fault management: asynchronous state check- pointing and pessimistic message logging Scalable multicast state management

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