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Current research in Active Networking is focused on developing software architectures and defining funtionality of Execution Environments. While active network systems show superior functionality compared to traditional networks, they only operate at substantially lower link speeds. To increase the acceptance of Active Network in environments where link speeds of several Gb/s are common, we propose a hardware architecture that performs high-speed packet handling while providing the same flexibility as a common software system. The design exploits the independence between data streams for parallel processing. To measure the impact of different design decisions on the performance of the system, we also propose a benchmark for Active Network components. This benchmark can be used for many Active Network architectures and can help to standardize performance results.
Wolf, Tilman, "A Proposal for a High-Performance Active Hardware Architecture" Report Number: WUCS-99-08 (1999). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.