Rapidly growing data traffic is being driven by the increasing use of network intensive applications including Internet access, cloud services and video/TV on demand. The forecast published by Cisco in June 2014 shows global IP traffic growing by an average 21 percent per year to reach almost 1.6 zettabytes by 2018. To meet these requirements, service providers need networking systems with much greater packet processing capabilities and support for multiple 100Gbit/s interfaces. This report charts the use of specific integrated multicore processors, network processors, general-purpose processors and communications processors and how respondents rate each supplier on the overall quality of their products. Respondents were also asked if they used field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for packet processing and what performance and features would be required for future multicore processors. The report includes information from previous surveys in 2006, 2010 and 2013, providing valuable trend data.
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