Prism: A Proxy Architecture for Datacenter Networks

Yutaro Hayakawa, Lars Eggert, Michio Honda, Douglas Santry

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Abstract / Description of output

In datacenters, workload throughput is often constrained by the attachment bandwidth of proxy servers, despite the much higher aggregate bandwidth of backend servers. We introduce a novel architecture that addresses this problem by combining programmable network switches with a controller that together act as a network "Prism" that can transparently redirect individual client transactions to diferent backend servers. Unlike traditional proxy approaches, with Prism, transaction payload data is exchanged directly between clients and backend servers, which eliminates the proxy bottleneck. Because the controller only handles transactional metadata, it should scale to much higher transaction rates than traditional proxies. An experimental evaluation with a prototype implementation demonstrates correctness of operation, improved bandwidth utilization and low packet transformation overheads even in software.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 Symposium on Cloud Computing
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450350280
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2017
EventACM Symposium on Cloud Computing 2017 - Santa Clara, United States
Duration: 25 Sept 201727 Sept 2017


SymposiumACM Symposium on Cloud Computing 2017
Abbreviated titleSoCC '17
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Clara
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • load-balancing
  • proxying
  • rewriting
  • TCP
  • datacenter


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