Nabil Damouny

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The x86 architecture has become the CPU of choice not only for network appliances, but also for embedded communication equipment in wireline and wireless networking. As the need to cater to higher-performance networking while supporting security and virtualization becomes more prevalent, the x86 will need to be complemented with a network flow processor capable of handling network packets securely at very high performance rates. The combined solution is heterogeneous in nature: the x86 takes care of application processing, control plane processing and management, while the network flow processor manages the packet- and flow-based network I/O subsystem. New Requirements of a Flow-Based World Network and communications designs are rapidly moving away from a mindset that was optimized solely on moving the absolute maximum amount of data at the lowest total cost. Instea... (more)