White Visor: Support of White-Box Switch in SDN-Based Network Hypervisor

Bong Yeol Yu, Gyeongsik Yang, Heesang Jin, Chuck Yoo

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3 Citations (Scopus)


Network virtualization is a fundamental technology for datacenters and upcoming wireless communications (e.g., 5G). It takes advantage of software-defined networking (SDN) that provides efficient network management by converting networking fabrics into SDN-capable devices. Moreover, white-box switches, which provide flexible and fast packet processing, are broadly deployed in commercial datacenters. A white-box switch requires a specific and restricted packet processing pipeline; however, to date, there has been no SDN-based network hypervisor that can support the pipeline of white-box switches. Therefore, in this paper, we propose WhiteVisor: A network hypervisor which can support the physical network composed of white-box switches. WhiteVisor converts a flow rule from the virtual network into a packet processing pipeline compatible with the white-box switch. We implement the prototype herein and show its feasibility and effectiveness with pipeline conversion and overhead.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683507
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 17
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2019 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 2019 Jan 92019 Jan 11

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Networking
ISSN (Print)1976-7684


Conference33rd International Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2019
CityKuala Lumpur

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion (IITP) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIT) (No. 2015-0-00288, Research of Network Virtualization Platform and Service for SDN 2.0 Realization, and No.2015-0-00280, (SW Starlab) Next generation cloud infra-software toward the guarantee of performance and security SLA).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.


  • Network virtualization
  • Software-defined networking
  • White-box switch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems


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