NETKIT: a software component-based approach to programmable networking
Coulson, G., Blair, G., Hutchison, D., Joolia, A., Lee, K., Ueyama, J., Gomes, A. and Ye, Y. (2003) NETKIT: a software component-based approach to programmable networking. ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 33 (5). pp. 55-65.
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While there has already been significant research in support of openness and programmability in networks, this paper argues that there remains a need for generic support for the integrated development, deployment and management of programmable networking software. We further argue that this support should explicitly address the management of run-time reconfiguration of systems, and should be independent of any particular programming paradigm (e.g. active networking or open signaling), programming language, or hardware/ operating system platform. In line with these aims, we outline an approach to the structuring of programmable networking software in terms of a ubiquitously applied software component model that can accommodate all levels of a programmable networking system from low-level system support, to in-band packet handling, to active networking execution environments to signaling and coordination.
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