A network system that provides for separating and isolating control of processing entities in a network interface. A network interface unit is operably connected to a plurality of processing entities and a plurality of memory units that define a shared memory space. The network interface unit further comprises a memory access module that includes a plurality of memory access channels, a packet classifier, and a plurality of scheduling control modules that are operable to control processing of data transported by the network. One of the processing entities operates as a hypervisor to configure control resources to isolate operation of the plurality of data processing partitions to process data transported by the network system. The packet classifier is operable to provide an association between packets and the plurality of asymmetrical data processing. In various embodiments of the invention, the asymmetrical data processing partitions can comprise a plurality of processor cores, a single processor core, a combination of strands of an individual processor core or a single strand of an individual processor core. The asymmetrical data processing partitions are scalable by adding additional processing entities.