Network Processor Paper – Understanding Network Processors

Niraj Shah who has authored several papers on network processors wrote the following article in 2001.
Understanding Network Processors By Niraj Shah
As he states in the paper the intended audience is
This document presents a survey and analysis of network processors. It is intended primarily for four major audiences:
· Network processor architects who want to know the technical details about current network processor offerings
· Network processor product managers who want to know the features, performance, and range of target applications of their competitors’ products
· Users of network processors who want to incorporate them into their products but are having trouble choosing which device best suits them
· Developers and designers in network processor related fields, like network processing software, network co-processors, and network testing equipment

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