Programmable ASICs in Cisco Switches

Jasper Bongertz attended his first Tech Field Day presentation while he was at Cisco Live Europe. At the presentation, he learned about what Cisco is doing with programmable ASICs, including their “Unified Access Data Plane”, which allows for encapsulation or decapsulation of packets dynamically without losing performance. Jasper also liked seeing support for Netflow directly in hardware. He thinks while it’s an important network management tool, its also vital for security considerations. Overall, he thinks Cisco has an interesting approach to making ASICs a little more flexible.


Jasper Bongertz

Jasper Bongertz is a network security expert with focus on network forensics and incident response at Airbus Defence and Space CyberSecurity. He started working freelance in 1992 while he was studying computer science at the Technical University of Aachen. In 2009, Jasper became a Senior Consultant and Trainer for Fast Lane, where he created a large training portfolio with a […]