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Networking

Software Defined Networking represents a big opportunity for ISPs and telecommunication companies as it allows them to customize and to extend hardware in new ways never imagined before. It also represents a big opportunity for network-appliances vendors to offer more flexibility to their customers. Igalia's networking team applies rock-solid compilers knowledge to solve novel networking problems. Snabb, a high-performance networking toolkit, is our preferred choice for building next-generation networking software.

We develop and deploy real NFV solutions built with Snabb today.

Snabb works similarly to other high-performance networking toolkits such as DPDK. It relies on kernel-bypass to squeeze the maximum performance of off-the-shell high-speed network cards, mostly Intel. Snabb is built on top of LuaJIT, an ultra-fast JIT compiler and interpreter. That allow us to develop new network-functions quickly without losing performance power.

We are longtime contributors to Snabb. Some of our work include the implementation of an IPv6-transition mechanism and the contribution of a pure-Lua packet filtering library:

  • lwAFTR. It's our largest piece of NFV software contributed to Snabb. lwAFTR is the routing technology of the lw4o6 standard (RFC 7596). lw4o6 is a brand-new IPv4-to-IPv6 transition technology that aims to substitute other technologies such as Dual-Stack or Carrier-Grade NAT. Our data-plane solution is RFC compliant and highly excels in performance.
  • Pflua. It's a high-performance packet-filtering tool similar to tcpdump. At its core, pflua is a compiler. It translates packet-filtering expressions to native Lua code, which is later run by LuaJIT. We have applied our extensive compilers knowledge to build an outstanding packet-filtering tool, which is now integrated in Snabb.

Snabb is aimed to run on commodity hardware (Xeon) powered by 10G, 25G or 100G cards. You can build a high-performance network appliance at a fraction of the cost of conventional solutions. All these features make Snabb an ideal tool for Network Function Virtualization.

If you need to implement a new RFC, would like to deploy lw4o6 or you are considering extending your expensive networking equipment by adopting Snabb, Igalia has the best team to talk to.

  • IPv6
  • VPP
  • Snabb
  • lw4o6
  • LuaJIT
  • Pflua

Featured Media

Lightweight 4-over-6: One step further Dual-Stack Lite Networks (RIPE 76)
Snabb, a toolkit for user-space networking (FOSDEM 2018)
How to write your own NIC device driver (and why) (FOSDEM 2018)
Carrier Grade Lightweight 4-over-6 with Juniper vMX and Snabb
Production high-performance networking with Snabb and LuaJIT (Linux.conf.au 2017)
Snabb, a toolkit for building user-space network functions (ES.NOG 20)
Snabb Switch: Riding the HPC wave to simpler, better network appliances (FOSDEM 2016)
High-performance packet filtering with Pflua (FOSDEM 2015)
Property-based testing an open-source compiler (FOSDEM 2015)

Updates

Diego Pino 14/06/2018

Fast checksum computation

An Internet packet generally includes two checksums: a TCP/UDP checksum and an IP checksum. In both cases, the checksum value is calculated using the same algorithm. For instance, IP header checksum is computed as follows: Set the packet’s IP header...

Jessica Tallon 16/05/2018

IPFIX Performance

Continue readingIPFIX Performance

Asumu Takikawa 23/03/2018

How to develop VPP plugins

Recently, my teammate Jessica wrote an excellent intro blog post about VPP. VPP is an open source user-space networking framework that we’re looking into at Igalia. I highly recommend reading Jessica’s post before this post to get aquainted...

Jessica Tallon 12/03/2018

An excursion in VPP

Continue readingAn excursion in VPP

Diego Pino 15/02/2018

The B4 network function

Some time ago I started a series of blog posts about IPv6 and network namespaces. The purpose of those posts was preparing the ground for covering a network function called B4 (Basic Bridging BroadBand). The B4 network function is one of the main...

Commits

Print out value as mac address if label is 'macaddr'

Print out value as mac address if label is 'macaddr'

Diego Pino19/06/2018

Merge pull request #1106 from dpino/format-macaddr

Merge pull request #1106 from dpino/format-macaddr Print out value as mac address if label is 'macaddr'

Diego Pino19/06/2018

Merge pull request #1104 from dpino/fix-typo

Merge pull request #1104 from dpino/fix-typo Fix typo in lwAFTR configuration docs

Diego Pino19/06/2018

Fix typo in lwAFTR configuration docs

Fix typo in lwAFTR configuration docs

Diego Pino19/06/2018

Merge pull request #1100 from dpino/consistency-checker-ietf-alarms

Merge pull request #1100 from dpino/consistency-checker-ietf-alarms Run consistency checker on ietf alarms

Diego Pino15/06/2018