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Security '02 Abstract

SSLACC: A Clustered SSL Accelerator

Eric Rescorla, RTFM, Inc.; Adam Cain, Nokia, Inc.; Brian Korver, Xythos Software


We describe a clustered SSL accelerator. Although current SSL acceleration solutions [1, 2] often employ multiple nodes in parallel (or in series [3]) for improved performance and resistance to single failures, the failure of any node results in all client connections to that node being torn down. Our implementation goes beyond this to provide robustness against node failures at the connection level--any proper subset of the nodes in the cluster can fail and no effect (other than possibly performance degradation) will be observed. This result is accomplished by a novel combination of tight control of TCP [4] behavior and state-sharing between cluster members. Unlike many high availability clustering systems, ours uses commodity hardware.
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