The growth of the Internet in the last decade has made current networking applications immensely complex. Systems running such applications need special architectural support to meet the tight constraints of power and performance. This paper presents a case study of architecture exploration and optimization of an Application Specific Instruction set Processor (ASIP) for networking applications. The case study particularly focuses on the effects of instruction set customization for applications from different layers of the protocol stack. Using a state-of-the-art VLIW processor as the starting template, and Architecture Description Language (ADL) based architecture exploration tools, this case study suggests possible instruction set and architectural modifications that can speed-up some networking applications upto 6.8 times. Moreover, this paper also shows that there exist very few similarities between diverse networking applications. Our results suggest that, it is extremely difficult to have a common set of architectural features for efficient network protocol processing and, A SIPs with specialized instruction sets can become viable solutions for such an application domain.

Instruction Set Customization of Application Specific Processors for Network Processing : A Case Study / Mozumdar, MOHAMMAD MOSTAFIZUR RAHMAN; K., Karuri; A., Chattopadhyay; S., Kraemer; H., Scharwachter; R., Leupers; G., Ascheid; H., Meyr. - (2005), pp. 154-160. ((Intervento presentato al convegno IEEE 16th International Conference on Application-Specific Systems, Architectures, and Processors, ASAP 2005 tenutosi a Samos (Greece) nel 23-25 July 2005 [10.1109/ASAP.2005.4].

Instruction Set Customization of Application Specific Processors for Network Processing : A Case Study

MOZUMDAR, MOHAMMAD MOSTAFIZUR RAHMAN;
2005

Abstract

The growth of the Internet in the last decade has made current networking applications immensely complex. Systems running such applications need special architectural support to meet the tight constraints of power and performance. This paper presents a case study of architecture exploration and optimization of an Application Specific Instruction set Processor (ASIP) for networking applications. The case study particularly focuses on the effects of instruction set customization for applications from different layers of the protocol stack. Using a state-of-the-art VLIW processor as the starting template, and Architecture Description Language (ADL) based architecture exploration tools, this case study suggests possible instruction set and architectural modifications that can speed-up some networking applications upto 6.8 times. Moreover, this paper also shows that there exist very few similarities between diverse networking applications. Our results suggest that, it is extremely difficult to have a common set of architectural features for efficient network protocol processing and, A SIPs with specialized instruction sets can become viable solutions for such an application domain.
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