Date Added: Jan 2013
An enormous requirement for high-speed in computer networks due to augmented number of users, servers, connections and high demands for new applications, along with the significant growth in data traffic has claimed the development and deployment of high-speed telecommunication systems. The authors use specialized processors, called Network Processors (NPs) to solve these problems. NPs are Application Specific Instruction Processors (ASIPs) and are specially designed to perform packet processing tasks. Its architecture is usually a question of different trade-offs between performance, flexibility and price. So it is therefore important to study about NPs processing elements topologies, as well as examine which topology is efficient in terms of performance (throughput and utilization ratio).