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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

A CAM-Based, High-Performance Classifier-Scheduler for a Video Network Processor.

Tarigopula, Srivamsi 05 1900 (has links)
Classification and scheduling are key functionalities of a network processor. Network processors are equipped with application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), so that as IP (Internet Protocol) packets arrive, they can be processed directly without using the central processing unit. A new network processor is proposed called the video network processor (VNP) for real time broadcasting of video streams for IP television (IPTV). This thesis explores the challenge in designing a combined classification and scheduling module for a VNP. I propose and design the classifier-scheduler module which will classify and schedule data for VNP. The proposed module discriminates between IP packets and video packets. The video packets are further processed for digital rights management (DRM). IP packets which carry regular traffic will traverse without any modification. Basic architecture of VNP and architecture of classifier-scheduler module based on content addressable memory (CAM) and random access memory (RAM) has been proposed. The module has been designed and simulated in Xilinx 9.1i; is built in ISE simulator with a throughput of 1.79 Mbps and a maximum working frequency of 111.89 MHz at a power dissipation of 33.6mW. The code has been translated and mapped for Spartan and Virtex family of devices.


TELVIO MARTINS DE MELLO 27 June 2005 (has links)
[pt] O objetivo deste trabalho é estudar, propor e implementar uma ferramenta que permita a experimentação com arquiteturas que sigam o paradigma de Processadores de Rede - Network Processors (NP). Com esse intuito, foi implementada uma biblioteca de objetos genéricos que permite emular os diversos componentes de hardware (tais como memórias, registradores, unidades de controle, unidades lógico-aritméticas, etc.) presentes em arquiteturas especificas para o processamento de protocolos. A conjunção desses componentes permite gerar máquinas virtuais que podem ser exercitadas para testar ou verificar o funcionamento das mais diversas operações nesses ambientes. Além da biblioteca, são apresentados três estudos de casos distintos: o primeiro mostrando um processador criado para teste e os outros dois implementam arquiteturas baseadas no processador MCS85 e no núcleo ARM do Processador IXP, todos com o intuito de validar e mostrar a utilidade prática da ferramenta. / [en] The aim of this work is to study, propose and implement a tool that allows the experimentation with architectures that follow the Network Processors (NP) paradigm. A generic object library was implemented, allowing the emulation of the various hardware components, such as memories, registers, arithmetic-and-logical units, control units etc., that are commonly used within specific architectures for protocol processing. The integrated usage of these components will provide an environment where virtual machines can be created and tested to verify the behavior of many different operations. Besides the library itself, three use cases are presented to validate and show the utility of the tool: the first is an implementation of a processor created just for the sake of testing and the other two are implementations of architectures based on the MCS85 processor and on the ARM kernel of the Intel IXP Network Processor.

Performance Analysis of Offloading Application-Layer Tasks to Network Processors

Mahadevan, Soumya 01 January 2007 (has links)
Offloading tasks to a network processor is one of the important ways to increase server performance. Hardware offloading of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) intensive tasks is known to significantly improve performance. When the entire application is considered for offloading, the impact on the server can be significant because it significantly reduces the load on the server. The goal of this thesis is to consider such a system with application-level offloading, rather than hardware offloading, and gauge its performance benefits. I am implementing this project on an Apache httpd server (running RedHat Linux), on a system that utilizes a co-located network processor system (IXP2855). The performance of the two implementations is measured using the SPECweb2005 benchmark, which is the accepted industry standard for evaluating Web server performance.

Network processors and utilizing their features in a multicast design

Diler, Timur 03 1900 (has links)
Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited / In order to address the requirements of the rapidly growing Internet, network processors have emerged as the solution to the customization and performance needs of networking systems. An important component in a network is the router, which receives incoming packets and directs them to specific routes elsewhere in the system. Network processors and the associated software control the routers and switches and allow software designers to deploy new systems such as multicasting forwarder and firewalls quickly.This thesis introduces network processors and their features, focusing on the Intel IXP1200 network processor. A multicast design for the IXP1200 using microACE is proposed. This thesis presents an approach to building a multicasting forwarder using the IXP1200 network processor layer-3 forwarder microACE that carries out unicast routing. The design is based on the Intel Internet exchange architecture and its active computing element (ACE). The layer-3 unicast forwarder microACE is used as a basic starting point for the design. Some software modules, called micoblocks, are modified to create a multicast forwarder that is flexible and efficient. / Lieutenant Junior Grade, Turkish Navy

Workload-aware network processors : improving performance while minimizing power consumption

Iqbal, Muhammad Faisal 06 September 2013 (has links)
Network Processors are multicore processors capable of processing network packets at wire speeds of multi-Gbps. Due to their high performance and programmability, these processors have become the main computing elements in many demanding network processing equipments like enterprise, edge and core routers. With the ever increasing use of the internet, the processing demands of these routers have also increased. As a result, the number and complexity of the cores in network processors have also increased. Hence, efficiently managing these cores has become very challenging. This dissertation discusses two main issues related to efficient usage of large number of parallel cores in network processors: (1) How to allocate work to the processing cores to optimize performance? (2) How to meet the desired performance requirement power efficiently? This dissertation presents the design of a hash based scheduler to distribute packets to cores. The scheduler exploits multiple dimensions of locality to improve performance while minimizing out of order delivery of packets. This scheduler is designed to work seamlessly when the number of cores allocated to a service is changed. The design of a resource allocator is also presented which allocates different number of cores to services with changing traffic behavior. To improve the power efficiency, a traffic aware power management scheme is presented which exploits variations in traffic rates to save power. The results of simulation studies are presented to evaluate the proposals using real and synthetic network traces. These experiments show that the proposed packet scheduler can improve performance by as much as 40% by improving locality. It is also observed that traffic variations can be exploited to save significant power by turning off the unused cores or by running them at lower frequencies. Improving performance of the individual cores by careful scheduling also helps to reduce the power consumption because the same amount of work can now be done with fewer cores with improved performance. The proposals made in this dissertation show promising improvements over the previous work. Hashing based schedulers have very low overhead and are very suitable for data rates of 100 Gbps and even beyond. / text

Network Processor specific Multithreading tradeoffs

Boivie, Victor January 2005 (has links)
<p>Multithreading is a processor technique that can effectively hide long latencies that can occur due to memory accesses, coprocessor operations and similar. While this looks promising, there is an additional hardware cost that will vary with for example the number of contexts to switch to and what technique is used for it and this might limit the possible gain of multithreading.</p><p>Network processors are, traditionally, multiprocessor systems that share a lot of common resources, such as memories and coprocessors, so the potential gain of multithreading could be high for these applications. On the other hand, the increased hardware required will be relatively high since the rest of the processor is fairly small. Instead of having a multithreaded processor, higher performance gains could be achieved by using more processors instead.</p><p>As a solution, a simulator was built where a system can effectively be modelled and where the simulation results can give hints of the optimal solution for a system in the early design phase of a network processor system. A theoretical background to multithreading, network processors and more is also provided in the thesis.</p>

An efficient algorithm and architecture for network processors

Batra, Shalini, January 2007 (has links)
Thesis (M.S.)--Mississippi State University. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. / Title from title screen. Includes bibliographical references.

Network processor memory hierarchy designs for IP packet classification /

Low, Douglas Wai Kok. January 2005 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2005. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references (p. 132-136).

Utilizing IXP1200 hardware and software for packet filtering

Lindholm, Jeffery L. January 2004 (has links) (PDF)
Thesis (M.S. in Computer Science)--Naval Postgraduate School, Dec. 2004. / Thesis Advisor(s): Wen, Su ; Gibson, John. "December 2004." Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-64). Also available in print.

Utilizing IXP1200 hardware and software for packet filtering

Lindholm, Jeffery L. 12 1900 (has links)
As network processors have advanced in speed and efficiency they have become more and more complex in both hardware and software configurations. Intel's IXP1200 is one of these new network processors that has been given to different universities worldwide to conduct research on. The goal of this thesis is to take the first step in starting that research by providing a stable system that can provide a reliable platform for further research. This thesis introduces the fundamental hardware of Intel's IXP1200 and what it takes to install both hardware and software using both Windows 2000 and Linux 7.2 as the operating system in support for the IXP1200. This thesis will provide information on the installation of hardware and software configuration for the IXP1200 including Intel's Software Development Kit (SDK). Upon completion this platform can then be used to conduct further research in the development of the IXP1200 network processor. It provides a hardware and software installation checklist and documentations of problems encountered and recommendations for their resolution. Along with providing an example of using preexisting code that has been modified to filter packets of TCP or UDP to different ports.

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