The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks

Andreas Kind, Roman Pletka, Marcel Waldvogel (2003): The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks. In: Proceedings of IWAN 2003, S. 18-29, Kyoto, Japan, 2003.

Abstract

Network processors (NPs) implement a balance between hardware and software that addresses the demand of performance and programmability in active networks (AN). We argue that this makes them an important player in the implementation and deployment of ANs. Besides a general introduction into the relationship of NPs and ANs, we describe the power of this combination in a framework for secure and safe capsule-based active code. We also describe the advantages of offloading AN control point functionality into the NP and how to execute active code in the data path efficiently. Furthermore, the paper reports on experiences about implementing active networking concepts on the IBM PowerNP network processor.

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@inproceedings{Kind2003Role,
title = {The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks},
author = {Andreas Kind and Roman Pletka and Marcel Waldvogel},
url = {https://netfuture.ch/wp-content/uploads/2003/kind03role.pdf},
year  = {2003},
date = {2003-12-01},
booktitle = {Proceedings of IWAN 2003},
pages = {18-29},
address = {Kyoto, Japan},
abstract = {Network processors (NPs) implement a balance between hardware and software that addresses the demand of performance and programmability in active networks (AN). We argue that this makes them an important player in the implementation and deployment of ANs. Besides a general introduction into the relationship of NPs and ANs, we describe the power of this combination in a framework for secure and safe capsule-based active code. We also describe the advantages of offloading AN control point functionality into the NP and how to execute active code in the data path efficiently. Furthermore, the paper reports on experiences about implementing active networking concepts on the IBM PowerNP network processor. },
keywords = {Active Networks, Network Processors, Quality of Service, Security},
pubstate = {published},
tppubtype = {inproceedings}
}

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