A semantic-based packet forwarding model for SDN

Software designed Networks (SDN), in particular OpenFlow and FORCES, encourage the writing of network protocols and policies as programs with the stated goal to make those programs ever more expressive, more predictable, more evolvable and more usable. Within the OpenFlow initiative, the level of programmability is expressed in a set of policy rules that are distributed over a set of matchfield tables. The rules are expressed as matchfields and actions whereby the matchfields require searching over a 14-tuple structure. This is the main bottleneck issue for flow packet processing.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Omar Cherkaoui


Khalil Blaiech & Hamadi Salaheddine


Ericsson Canada


Computer science


Information and communications technologies


Université du Québec à Montréal



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