PLANet: An active internetwork

Michael Hicks, Jonathan T. Moore, D. Scott Alexander, Carl Gunter, Scott M. Nettles

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Abstract

We present PLANet: an active network architecture and implementation. In addition to a standard suite of Internet-like services, PLANet has two key programmability features: (1) all packets contain programs; and (2) router functionality may be extended dynamically. Packet programs are written in our special purpose programming language PLAN, the Packet Language for Active Networks, while dynamic router extensions are written in OCaml, a dialect of ML. Currently, PLANet routers run as byte-code-interpreted Linux user-space applications, and support Ethernet and IP as link layers. PLANet achieves respectable performance on standard networking operations: on 300 MHz Pentium-II's attached to 100 Mbps Ethernet, PLANet can route 48 Mbps and switch over 5000 packets per second. We demonstrate the utility of PLANet's activeness by showing experimentally how it can nontrivially improve application and aggregate network performance in congested conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM'99
Subtitle of host publicationThe Conference on Computer Communications - 18th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies: The Future is Now
Pages1124-1133
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies: The Future is Now, IEEE INFOCOM'99 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Mar 21 1991Mar 25 1991

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
Volume3
ISSN (Print)0743-166X

Other

Other18th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies: The Future is Now, IEEE INFOCOM'99
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period3/21/913/25/91

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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