Combining hardware and simulation for datacenter scaling studies

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Datacenter networks are becoming crucial foundations for our information technology based society. However, commercial datacenter infrastructure is often unavailable to researchers for conducting experiments. In this work, we therefore elaborate on the possibility of combining commercial hardware and simulation to illustrate the scalability and performance of datacenter networks. We simulate a Datacenter network and interconnect it with real world traffic generation hardware. Analysis of the introduced packet conversion and virtual queueing delays shows that the conversion efficiency is at the order of a few microseconds, but the virtual queuing may have significant implication on the performance analysis results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling
Number of pages6
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783901882937
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 15 May 201718 May 2017
Conference number: ONDM 2017


Conference2017 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling
NumberONDM 2017


  • Delays
  • Analytical models
  • Computational modeling
  • Hardware
  • Servers
  • Computer architecture
  • Workstations
  • Datacenter
  • Simulation
  • System-in-the-loop

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