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It is possible to forward minimum-sized packets at rates of hundreds of Mbps using commodity hardware and Linux. The authors had a preference for the Click Modular Router platform due its flexibility and the fact that it claimed to have equal or higher performance than native forwarding if used with its polling drivers. Moreover, the NetFPGA is an open networking platform accelerator that enables researchers and instructors to build working prototypes of high-speed, hardware-accelerated networking systems. NetFPGA reference designs comprised in the system include an IPv4 router, an Ethernet switch, a fourport NIC, and SCONE (Software Component of NetFPGA).
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