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Two important trends are expected to guide the design of next-generation networks. First, with the commercialization of the Internet, providers will use value-added services to differentiate their service offerings from other providers; such services require the use of sophisticated resource scheduling mechanisms in routers. Second, to enable extensibility and the deployment of new services in a rapid and cost-effective manner, routers will be instantiated using programmable network processors. In this paper, the authors' goal is to develop sophisticated multiprocessor scheduling mechanisms that would enable networks that deploy such router platforms to provide service guarantees to applications.
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