Thoughts on Load Distribution and the Role of Programmable Switches

TitleThoughts on Load Distribution and the Role of Programmable Switches
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMcCauley, J., Panda A., Krishnamurthy A., & Shenker S. J.
Published inNewsletter of ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
KeywordsArchitecture, Programmable Hardware

The trend towards powerfully programmable network switching hardware has led to much discussion of the exciting new ways in which it can be used. In this paper, we take a step back, and examine how it should be used.


We thank Aisha Mushtaq for being an invaluable participant in several early discussions on load balancing, and Olivier Bonaventure for his insightful comments and suggestions on this editorial. This work was funded in part by an early career faculty grant from VMware, a grant by Intel Corporation and by NSF grants 1616774, 1714508, 1704941, 1817115, and 1817116

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