October 19, 2012 —
Left, Chair of the best paper candidates session, Prof. Hussein Mouftah of the University of Ottawa, Canada; Right: Prof. Viktor Prasanna.
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student Thilan Ganegedara and faculty member Viktor Prasanna won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR) 2012 Conference held recently in Belgrade, Serbia. The award was presented after the program committee selected four finalist nominations, invited them to give extended talks in a plenary session and then asked the audience to vote for the best paper! Their presentation is entitled "Stride BV: Single Chip 400G+ Packet Classification."
Their research is in network security, a topic of major concern with the increasing levels of threats and attacks.
While security firewalls are used at network entry points to filter malicious traffic from entering a network, operating firewalls at high throughput rates to accommodate for the dramatic growth in network speeds remains a challenge.
They proposed a single chip packet classification engine that can operate at 400 Gbps rates.
A parallel FPGA (field-programmable-gate-array)-based architecture was implemented on a state-of-the-art Xilinx Virtex 6 device and the architecture was evaluated based on throughput and power metrics.