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Architecture Characterization for Packet Processing

Ramakrishna, STGS and Aquil, Abid and Jamadagni, HS (2003) Architecture Characterization for Packet Processing. In: International Conference on Information Technology: Prospectus and Challenges in 21st Century (ITPC), May 23 - 26, 2003, Katmandu, Nepal.


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Increasing network speeds have placed enormous burden on the processing requirements and the processors are expected to carry out a variety of tasks. Network Processors (NP)[1][2] is the blanket name given to the processors, which are evolved with a tradeoff, flexibility Vs performance. Network Processors are offered by a number of vendors; to take the main burden of processing requirement of network related operations from the conventional processors. Network Processors cover a spectrum of design tradeoff, that span in between the custom ASIC and the general-purpose processors. However the need is not yet well established and is undergoing continuous refinements. This paper focuses on the performance evaluation for network processors vis-à-vis general-purpose processors and determine if Network Processors have a role to play in design of network products in future.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Network Processors;Performance Analysis;Packet processing;Multithreaded;IXP1200
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:17
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2660

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