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Will ASICs be replaced in comms gear?

4/19/2013 06:15 AM EDT
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old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   4/23/2013 11:42:03 PM
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This isn't the first time someone has predicted the end of ASICs in one application or another. I wouldn't hold my breath just yet.

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mr networking   4/24/2013 5:40:36 AM
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nick should take a look at xelerated dataflow architecture which was created in 2000 - that solves the packet processing excatly like he is suggesting with a very deep pipeline of classify action blocks and has fully programmable dataflow processor element which gives hundred percent deterministic behaviour so the new breed of network processors that nick wrote a paper on has been around for 13 years xelerated was bought by marvell for a few years ago and is still til this date the only programmable npu that is deterministic by design

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mistalro   4/26/2013 3:29:49 PM
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A company called Spider Systems used to make network hardware (routers, bridges, terminal servers and SNMP probes) based on the Intel 386 and 960 processors back in the 1990's. Cisco then moved to custom ASIC's and RFC protocols. I have a couple of Squiggle magazines from this time.

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wayneb   4/27/2013 7:42:24 PM
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Nick, You left a key leader in software defined networks off of your list....BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS. Brocade is using a combination of ASICs, FPGAs and high-performance network processors in many of their current products and has paved the way for SDNs ahead of our competitors! Thanks.

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R Sweeney   4/28/2013 11:22:58 PM
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ASIC's are optimized for long term stable products. Communications have not been products since The Bell System was broken.

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maztechie   5/31/2013 9:53:46 PM
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Was the xelerated architecture talking about a completely protocol independent chip design ? Nick is talking about In- silicon implementation of forwarding abstractions that has a general applicability to any type of communications forwarding problem.

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