Anypoint


Extensible Transport Switching

Anypoint is a new model for one-to-many communication with ensemble sites---aggregations of end nodes that appear to the external Internet as a unified site. Anypoint routers reside at the network edge, redirecting individual client requests among the ensemble members. The extensible architecture allows routing policies to be defined by application-layer plugins in the switch.

Anypoint is the first general indirection approach that operates at the transport layer at the granularity of frames. The transport-layer solution enables reliable, ordered, rate-controlled Anypoint communication, complementing IP-layer approaches(e.g., Anycast and i3), which support wide-area ensembles but provide only best-effort packet delivery. By leveraging transports with framing, our approach is amenable to implementation on high-speed switches and routers.

Anypoint contributions:

New Paper:

  • Explicit Rate Control for Anypoint Communication by Ken Yocum and Jeff Chase. In submission, Technical report CS-2004-05, July 2004.

  • Anypoint: Extensible Transport Switching on the Edge by Ken Yocum, Darrell Anderson, Jeff Chase, and Amin Vahdat. In USITS 2003.

    Our position paper briefly motivates and describes our approach.



    Personnel


    Ken Yocum