A method for processing data in a configurable unit having a multidimensional cell arrangement a switching table is provided, the switching table including a controller and a configuration memory. Configuration strings are transmitted from the switching table to a configurable element of the unit to establish a valid configuration. A configurable element writes data into the configuration memory. The controller of the switching table recognizes individual records as commands and may execute the recognized commands. The controller may also recognize and differentiate between events and execute a action in response thereto. In response to an event, the controller may move the position of a pointer, and if it has received configuration data rather than commands for the controller, sends the configuration data to the configurable element defined in the configuration data. The controller may send a feedback message to the configurable element. The configurable element may recognize and analyze the feedback message. An configurable element may transmit data into the configuration memory of the switching table.