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well, I agree with your statement here, but I believe there are significant
exceptions to this rule. As I understand the Digital Island/C&W and Akamai
service offerings, and technologies like the cisco content director and
nortel alteon, they specifically place application level ( or at least above
IP) processing in the forwarding path.
it seems that various activities are pushing this sort of functionality to
the mobile edge.
> DLB: Intelligent entities are needed in the network to control access and
> provide QoS capabilities, and route packets but there should be no
> application elements
> within the network as part of the forwarding path.