Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Xilinx:Tarari adopts Xilinx Technology for Reconfigurable Content Processor Solutions.

“Tarari content processors are hardware and software-based subsystem building blocks (silicon, boards, etc.) that snap into servers, appliances and network devices, allowing for the first time the inspection of application layer content at network speeds…”


Here, March: Applications of racks full of FPGA multiprocessors:

“I suppose my pet hand-wavy application for these concept chip-MPs is lexing and parsing XML and filtering that (and/or parse table construction for same). Let me set the stage for you. “”Imagine a future in which “web services” are ubiquitous — the internet has evolved into a true distributed operating system, a cloud offering services to several billion connected devices. Imagine that the current leading transport candidate for internet RPC, namely SOAP — (Simple Object Access Protocol, e.g. XML encoded RPC arguments and return values, on an HTTP transport, with interfaces described in WSDL (itself based upon XML Schema)) — imagine SOAP indeed becomes the standard internet RPC. That’s a ton of XML flying around. You will want your routers and firewalls, etc. of the future to filter, classify, route, etc. that XML at wire speed. That’s a ton of ASCII lexing, parsing, and filtering. It’s trivially parallelizable — every second a thousand or a million separate HTTP sessions flash past your ports — and therefore potentially a nice application for rack full of FPGAs, most FPGAs implementing a 100-way parsing and classification multiprocessor.”