Network processors are the basic building blocks of today's high-speed, high-demand, quality-oriented communication networks. Designing and implementing network processors requires a new programming paradigm and an in-depth understanding of network processing requirements. This book leads the reader through the requirements and the underlying theory of networks, network processing, and network processors. It covers implementation of network processors and intergrates EZchip Microcode Development Environment so that you can gain hands-on experience in writing high-speed networking applications. By the end of the book, the reader will be able to write and test applications on a simulated network processor.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive, theoretical, and pracitical coverage of networks and high-speed networking applications
  • Descirbes contemporary core, metro, and access networks and their processing algorithms
  • Covers network processor architectures and programming models, enabling readers to assess the optimal network processor typer and configuration for their application
  • Free download from includes microcode development tools that provide hands-on experience with programming a network processor


PRIMARY- Industry practitioners; systems engineers, architects, product managers and software engineers from communication systems vendors, telecommunications carriers and service providers; application developers and R&D level engineers that need high-speed networking solutions, for example in defense and intelligence communities. SECONDARY- Text for undergraduate and graduate level courses on Network Processors and on high-speed networking; reference for researchers.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Motivation
1.1 Network Processors Ecosystem
1.2 Communication Systems and Applications
1.3 Network Elements
1.4 Network Processors
1.5 Structure of This Book
1.6 Summary

PART 1 Networks

CHAPTER 2 Networking Fundamentals
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Networks Primer
2.3 Data Networking Models
2.4 Basic Network Technologies
2.5 Telecom Networks
2.6 Data Networks
2.7 Summary
Appendix A
Appendix B

CHAPTER 3 Converged Networks
3.1 Introduction
3.2 From Telecom Networks to Data Networks
3.3 From Datacom to Telecom
3.4 Summary
Appendix A

CHAPTER 4 Access and Home Networks
4.1 Access Networks
4.2 Home and Building Networks
4.3 Summary

PART 2 Processing

CHAPTER 5 Packet Processing
5.1 Introduction and Definitions
5.2 Ingress and Egress
5.3 Framing
5.4 Parsing and Classification
5.5 Search, Lookup, and Forwarding
5.6 Modification
5.7 Compression and Encryption
5.8 Queueing and Traffic Management
5.9 Summary

CHAPTER 6 Packet Flow Handling
6.1 Definitions
6.2 Quality of Service
6.3 Class of Service
6.4 QoS Mechanisms
6.5 Summary

CHAPTER 7 Architecture
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Background and Definitions
7.3 Equipment Design Alternatives: ASICs versus NP
7.4 Network Processors Basic Architectures
7.5 Instruction Set (Scalability; Processing Speed)
7.6 NP Components
7.7 Summary

CHAPTER 8 Software
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Conventional Systems
8.3 Programming Models Classification
8.4 Parallel Programming
8.5 Pipelining
8.6 Network Processor Programming
8.7 Summary
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

CHAPTER 9 NP Peripherals
9.1 Switch Fabrics
9.2 CoProcessors
9.3 Summary

PART 3 A Network Processor: EZchip

CHAPTER 10 EZchip Architecture, Capabilities, and Applications
10.1 General description
10.2 Syst


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About the editor

Ran Giladi

Ran Giladi is an associate professor in the department of Communication Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva; he founded the department and has headed it for several years. In addition, he has taught in the Electrical Engineering Department and the Business School at Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Giladi has also been a system programmer, an R&D manager, a VP of R&D, and founder and CEO of several data communication companies. He is involved in the Israeli high-tech industry, serves as a board member in several companies (among them EZchip Technologies, a leading vendor of network processors), and is currently a venture partner with DFJ-TFV. His research interests include computer and communications systems performance, data and telecom networks, and network management systems. Dr. Giladi received a B.A. in physics, an M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the Technion, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Tel-Aviv University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.