CPU Impact on Packet-Processing Performance

Intel and AT&T have collaborated in a proof of concept (POC) to model and analyze the performance of packet-processing workloads on various CPUs. This POC has established a highly accurate model that can be used to simulate edge router workloads on x86 systems. Developers and architects can use this methodology to more accurately predict performance improvements for network workloads across future CPU product generations and hardware accelerators. This approach can help developers gain better insight into the impacts of new software and x86 hardware components on packet processing throughput.