Does network packet format matter?

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Ideas for solving ever growing needs of networking in the cloud and live discussion


Limitations of existing encapsulation protocols (VXLAN and NVGRE) brought up various extensions (GENEVE, GUE, NSH). While SW can accommodate any protocol, HW has been boxed by standards, which in turn forced SW to artificially limit itself. SW and HW will be free to innovate if we can answer questions: Why did packet format matter? Where does it still matter? What kind of HW offload model allows SW to run any network protocol on top?