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Re: TOE brain dump

To: Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: TOE brain dump
From: Werner Almesberger <werner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 19:14:11 -0300
Cc: netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx, Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Alan Cox wrote:
> It moves the cost it doesnt make it vanish

I don't think it really can. What it can do is reduce the
overhead (which usually translates to latency and burstiness)
and the sharing.

> If I read you right you are arguing for a second processor running
> Linux.with its own independant memory bus. AMD make those already its
> called AMD64. I don't know anyone thinking at that level about
> partitioning one as an I/O processor.

That's taking this idea to an extreme, yes. I'd think of
using something as big as an amd64 for this as "too
expensive", but perhaps it's cheap enough in the long run,
compared to some "optimized" design.

It would certainly have the advantage of already solving
various consistency and compatibility issues. (That is, if
your host CPUs is/are also amd64.)

- Werner

 / Werner Almesberger, Buenos Aires, Argentina     werner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx /

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