Network Processors for Smart Networks (NPS)
New architectures based on technologies brought about by network virtualization, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are reshaping networks. NPS highlights the importance of a new class of NPUs that provide a clear separation between control plane and data plane in next-generation networking equipment. NPS enables networks to run data-plane functions at high performance, flexibly placed in the network where needed, in a variety of hardware platforms, to enable efficient, flexible and scalable networks.
NPS brings flexibility through C‑based programming, Linux OS and full 7-layer processing, as well as integrated traffic management, security and DPI hardware acceleration. These properties enable a wide range of network services at extremely high performance that can be invoked through simple software updates and make the NPS an excellent fit to facilitate the next transition in the networking market.