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Chapter 1. Introduction and Motivation - Pg. 1

CHAPTER Introduction and Motivation 1 Network processors (NPs) are chips--programmable devices that can process network packets (up to hundreds of millions of them per second), at wire-speeds of multi-Gbps. Their ability to perform complex and flexible processing on each packet, as well as the fact that they can be programmed and reprogrammed as required, make them a perfect and easy solution for network systems vendors developing packet processing equipment. Network processors are about a decade old now and they have become a funda-