## The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks

2004
Kind, Andreas
Pletka, Roman
##### Publication type
Contribution to a conference collection
##### Published in
Active Networks / Wakamiya, Naoki; Solarski, Marcin; Sterbenz, James (ed.). - Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2004. - (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; 2982). - pp. 20-31. - ISBN 978-3-540-21250-8
##### 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.
##### Subject (DDC)
004 Computer Science
##### Cite This
ISO 690KIND, Andreas, Roman PLETKA, Marcel WALDVOGEL, 2004. The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks. In: WAKAMIYA, Naoki, ed., Marcin SOLARSKI, ed., James STERBENZ, ed.. Active Networks. Berlin, Heidelberg:Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 20-31. ISBN 978-3-540-21250-8. Available under: doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-24715-9_3
BibTex
@inproceedings{Kind2004Netwo-6101,
year={2004},
doi={10.1007/978-3-540-24715-9_3},
title={The Role of Network Processors in Active Networks},
number={2982},
isbn={978-3-540-21250-8},
publisher={Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
booktitle={Active Networks},
pages={20--31},
editor={Wakamiya, Naoki and Solarski, Marcin and Sterbenz, James},
author={Kind, Andreas and Pletka, Roman and Waldvogel, Marcel}
}

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