High performance modified bit-vector (MBV) based Packet classification module on low-cost FPGA

Anita P., Manju Devi


The packet classification plays a significant role in many network systems, which requires the incoming packets to be categorized into different flows and must take specific actions as per functional and application requirements. The Network system speed is continuously increasing, so the demand for the packet classifier also increased. Also, the packet classifier's complexity is increased further due to multiple fields should match against a large number of rules. In this manuscript, an efficient and high performance modified bit-vector (MBV) based packet classification (PC) is designed and implemented on low-cost Artix-7 FPGA. The proposed MBV based PC employs pipelined architecture, which offers low latency and high throughput for PC. The MBV based PC utilizes < 2% slices, operating at 493.102 MHz, and consumes
0.1 W total power on Artix-7 FPGA. The proposed PC considers only 4 clock cycles to classify the incoming packets and provides 74.95 Gbps throughput. The comparative results in terms of hardware utilization and performance efficiency of proposed work with existing similar PC approaches are analyzed with better constraints improvement.


FPGA; header extractor; modified bit vector; packet classification; packet generation module; protocol; range search;

DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v11i5.pp%25p

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
p-ISSN 2088-8708, e-ISSN 2722-2578