To meet the demand for higher performance, flexibility, and economy in today's state-of-the-art networks, an alternative to the ASICs that traditionally were used to implement packet-processing functions in hardware, called network processors (NPs), has emerged. In this paper, we briefly outline the architecture of such an innovative network processor aiming at the acceleration of protocol processing in high-speed network interfaces, and we use this architecture as a case study for our measurements. We focus …
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