Reducing the complexity of virtual machine networking

Sander Vrijders, Vincenzo Maffione, Dimitri Staessens, Francesco Salvestrini, Matteo Biancani, Eduard Grasa, Didier Colle, Mario Pickavet, Jason Barron, John Day, Lou Chitkushev

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Virtualization is an enabling technology that improves scalability, reliability, and flexibility. Virtualized networking is tackled by emulating or paravirtualizing network interface cards. This approach, however, leads to complexities (implementation and management) and has to conform to some limitations imposed by the Ethernet standard. RINA turns the current approach to virtualized networking on its head: instead of emulating networks to perform inter-process communication on a single processing system, it sees networking as an extension to local inter-process communication. In this article, we show how RINA can leverage a paravirtualization approach to achieve a more manageable solution for virtualized networking. We also present experimental results performed on IRATI, the reference open source implementation of RINA, which shows the potential performance that can be achieved by deploying our solution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7452280
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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