Mark Handley, Orion Hodson, and Eddie Kohler
Network researchers face a significant problem when deploying
software in routers, either for experimentation or for pilot deployment.
Router platforms are generally not open systems, in either
the open-source or the open-API sense. In this paper we discuss the
problems this poses, and present an eXtensible Open Router Platform
(XORP) that we are developing to address these issues. Key
goals are extensibility, performance and robustness. We show that
different parts of a router need to prioritize these differently, and
examine techniques by which we can satisfy these often conflicting
goals. We aim for XORP to be both a research tool and a stable
deployment platform, thus easing the transition of new ideas from
the lab to the real world.
In Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM HotNets I
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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