More than a proceedings, Network Processors 2002: Design Principles and Practices presents the results of this workshop. The workshop participants have enhanced and edited their original papers to address the comments they received from colleagues. The keynote talk by Bill Dally of Stanford University has also been revised especially for this text. In addition, the editors have gathered completely new material from practicing designers who discuss the latest network processors manufactured by their companies. Network Processors 2002: Design Principles and Practices is an essential reference on network processors for graduate students, researchers and practicing designers
Network processor design is an emerging field with challenges and opportunities both numerous and formidable. To help meet this challenge, the first Workshop on Network Processors was held in February 2002 in conjunction with the 8th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture. This one-day workshop provided a forum for scientists and engineers from academia and industry to discuss their latest research in the architecture, design, programming, and use of these devices.