EtherPIPE: An Ethernet character device for network scripting

Yohei Kuga, Takeshi Matsuya, Hiroaki Hazeyama, Kenjiro Cho, Osamu Nakamura

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Abstract

The UNIX command tools are designed to combine simple generic commands to accomplish various complex tasks. Meanwhile, in network programming, we often end up writing many similar functions and packaging functions of all network layers to build an application. In this paper, we propose EtherPIPE, a character network I/O device, that allows the programmer to access network traffic data as a file through UNIX commands. By setting a UNIX pipe "|" from or to EtherPIPE's output or input with UNIX commands, packets can be easily processed, executing functions such as packet filtering, packet capturing, generating arbitrary packets, and rewriting header information. We developed a prototype of EtherPIPE as a character device driver for a commodity FPGA card. This paper argues for use cases of the EtherPIPE, and discusses enhanced formats of character devices for easier network scripting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHotSDN 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking
Pages61-66
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 16
Event2013 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking, HotSDN 2013 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 2013 Aug 162013 Aug 16

Publication series

NameHotSDN 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking

Other

Other2013 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking, HotSDN 2013
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period13/8/1613/8/16

Keywords

  • Device driver
  • Ethernet
  • Network I/O
  • Shell script
  • Software-defined networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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    Kuga, Y., Matsuya, T., Hazeyama, H., Cho, K., & Nakamura, O. (2013). EtherPIPE: An Ethernet character device for network scripting. In HotSDN 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (pp. 61-66). (HotSDN 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking). https://doi.org/10.1145/2491185.2491208