CONTROL PLANE BASED TECHNIQUE FOR HANDLING MULTI-DESTINATION TRAFFIC IN OVERLAY NETWORKS

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APP PUB NO 20170295130A1
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15093541

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A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes receiving at a controller an Address Resolution Protocol (“ARP”) packet from a source VXLAN Tunnel End Point (“VTEP”) serving a source host and identifying a destination, the source VTEP having assigned thereto a Virtual Network Identifier (“VNI”) identifying a VXLAN network to which the source VTEP and a plurality of other VTEPs belong, the ARP packet being received by the controller via a control plane; determining whether the received ARP packet is a request message; and, if the received ARP packet is a request message, determining whether address information for the identified destination is stored in a cache of the controller. The method further includes, if the destination address information is stored in the cache of the controller, sending a proxy ARP response to the source VTEP via the control plane, in which the proxy ARP response includes the destination address information; and if the destination address information is not stored in the cache of the controller, sending the request message to each one of the plurality of other VTEPs having the same VNI as the source VTEP via the control plane.

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CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.SAN JOSE, CA14366

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