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Juniper Networks® Reference Guide: JUNOS™ Routing, Configuration, and Architecture by James Sonderegger, Doris Pavlichek, Lawrence H. Dwyer, Thomas M. Thomas, Wayne W. Downing, Rajah Chowbay

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Chapter 3. Juniper Networks Router Architecture

When the routers produced by Juniper Networks first hit the market in 1998, they brought simplicity of design, a logical UNIX-style CLI, and robust troubleshooting tools. The engineers who designed the routers wanted to build a device that made sense. In doing so, they filled a void in the market and appealed to other engineers who wanted a router that moved packets through as quickly as possible.

Juniper Networks' product offerings come in the form of the M-Series routers. The M40 was the first router of its kind capable of scaling to meet current Internet needs. The initial M40 release was based on the Internet Processor I. The Internet Processor I was the fundamental core of the packet forwarding ...

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