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Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-08-26

The invention provides a packet loss detection system that in near-real time detects packet loss and reports the identities of the lost packets. The identities of the lost packets are based on a set of packet-specific information that includes five-tuple flow information of the packet and other unique packet identifiers. A set of meters are placed at various vantage points in the network, each meter generates digests summarizing all the traffic passing through itself. The digests are exported to a collector/analyzer, which decodes the digests and performs an analysis to detect packet losses and to determine the lost packets identities. The collector compares between the traffic digests generated by all the meters surrounding the segment. Mismatches among the digests indicate packet losses. The collector restores the identifiers of the lost packets by further decoding the mismatches between the digests.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-08-21

The invention provides a packet loss detection system that in near-real time detects packet loss and reports the identities of the lost packets. The identities of the lost packets are based on a set of packet-specific information that includes five-tuple flow information of the packet and other unique packet identifiers. A set of meters are placed at various vantage points in the network, each meter generates digests summarizing all the traffic passing through itself. The digests are exported to a collector/analyzer, which decodes the digests and performs an analysis to detect packet losses and to determine the lost packets identities. The collector compares between the traffic digests generated by all the meters surrounding the segment. Mismatches among the digests indicate packet losses. The collector restores the identifiers of the lost packets by further decoding the mismatches between the digests.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-09-24

A synchronous packet-processing pipeline whose data paths are populated with data-plane stateful processing units (DSPUs) is provided. A DSPU is a programmable processor whose operations are synchronous with the dataflow of the packet-processing pipeline. A DSPU performs every computation with fixed latency. Each DSPU is capable of maintaining a set of states and perform its computations based on its maintained set of states. The programming of a DSPU determines how and when the DSPU updates one of its maintained states. Such programming may configure the DSPU to update the state based on its received packet data, or to change the state regardless of the received packet data.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2016-01-27

A pool of unit memories is provided in order to flexibly allocate memory capacity to implement various tables and/or logical memories such as those for implementing an OpenFlow switch. The pool is structured with routing resources for allowing flexible allocation and reallocation of memory capacity to the various tables. The unit memories and logical units in the pool are interconnected by a set of horizontal routing resources and a set of vertical routing resources.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2014-10-06

Some embodiments of the invention provide novel methods for storing data in a hash-addressed memory and retrieving stored data from the hash-addressed memory. In some embodiments, the method receives a search key and a data tuple. The method then uses a first hash function to generate a first hash value from the search key, and then uses this first hash value to identify an address in the hash-addressed memory. The method also uses a second hash function to generate a second hash value, and then stores this second hash value along with the data tuple in the memory at the address specified by the first hash value. To retrieve data from the hash-addressed memory, the method of some embodiments receives a search key. The method then uses the first hash function to generate a first hash value from the search key, and then uses this first hash value to identify an address in the hash-addressed memory. At the identified address, the hash-addressed memory stores a second hash value and a data tuple. The method retrieves a second hash value from the memory at the identified address, and compares this second hash value with a third hash value that the method generates from the search key by using the second hash function. When the second and third hash values match, the method retrieves the data tuple that the memory stores at the identified address.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2014-10-06

Some embodiments of the invention provide a load balancer for distributing packet flows that are addressed to a group of data compute nodes (DCNs) amongst the DCNs of the group. In some embodiments, the load balancer includes a connection data storage comprising several different destination network address translation (DNAT) tables. Each particular DNAT table is defined at a particular instance in time and stores the identity of a plurality DCNs that are part of the group at the particular instance in time. Each time a DCN is added to the group, the load balancer of some embodiments creates a new DNAT table in the connection data storage for processing new packet flows, while using previously created DNAT tables to process packets that are part of previously processed packet flows.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-12-14

Some embodiments provide a method for configuring unit memories to implement first and second sets of entries, the second set of which references the first set. The method configures a first pool of memories to implement the first set. Each first-set entry is located at a particular location in at least one of the first-pool memories. The method configures a second pool of memories to implement the second set of entries. Each second-set entry includes (i) a first set of bits for indicating a memory page that corresponds to one or more first-pool memories, (ii) a second set of bits for specifying a location in each of the one or more memories from which to retrieve data for the referenced first-set entry, and (iii) a third set of bits for specifying a sub-location within the retrieved data. The number of bits in the third set of bits is fixed for the second-set entries while a number of sub-locations varies for different locations specified by the second set of bits of different second-set entries.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-12-14

Some embodiments provide a method that configures a first pool of unit memories to implement several match entries, each including a set of match conditions. Each memory in the first pool includes at least one set of match entries. The method configures a second pool of unit memories to implement several action entries each located at a location in a memory. Each unit memory in the second pool has a different memory page address. The method assigns each set of match entries a virtual memory page address that corresponds to a different memory in the second pool. When the set of match conditions are met for a particular match entry at a particular location in a particular virtual memory page address, a particular action entry is read, having a same location in a memory with a same virtual memory page address in the second pool.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-12-14

Some embodiments provide a method for configuring unit memories to implement first and second sets of entries, the second set of which references the first set. The method configures a first pool of unit memories to implement the first set. Each entry in the first set is located at a particular location in at least one of the memories of the first pool. The method configures a second pool of unit memories to implement the second set. Each entry in the second set includes a particular number of bits for indicating (i) an initial first-pool unit memory at which the first-set entry referenced by the second-set entry is found and (ii) a number of subsequent first-pool memories across which the first-set entry is divided. A number of bits required to identify a single first-pool memory is one fewer than the particular number of bits.


Patent
Barefoot Networks | Date: 2015-12-14

Some embodiments provide a method for configuring unit memories of a forwarding element. The method configures a first pool of unit memories to implement several match entries that each include a set of match conditions and an address for an action entry to read when the set of match conditions are met. The method configures a second pool of unit memories to implement several action entries. Each unit memory in the second pool includes a set of action entries that are collectively assigned a virtual memory address. The method moves a particular set of action entries from a first unit memory in the second pool to a second unit memory in the second pool. The particular set of action entries retains a same virtual memory address after moving to the second unit memory.

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