Angel Najera Rose Hills
Dynamic Load Balancing in Networks Using The Data Plane
The internet essentially functions like a mailing system, with data packets sent across a network of devices. These devices act like the post offices and shipping warehouses from our regular mailing system. Until recently, modifying the way things ran for each device worked in a similar fashion to training a new worker. In our case, it took years for manufacturers to develop new hardware that did what the network managers wanted. This is where P4 comes in; it is now feasible to change the functionality of forwarding devices by directly programming them with P4, thereby cutting out the manufacturer middleman. I will develop and evaluate new methods of improving Load Balancing, that is, designing the devices to route packets in order to prevent traffic congestion. Not only can I use P4 to change a devices initial program, I can combine it with a Software Defined Network (SDN) to update it dynamically as global traffic conditions change, and the potential for that is outstanding.