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RE: TOE brain dump

To: Alan Shih <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: TOE brain dump
From: David Lang <david.lang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2003 01:25:48 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: Ben Greear <greearb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>, Nivedita Singhvi <niv@xxxxxxxxxx>, Werner Almesberger <werner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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do you really want the processor on the card to be tunning
apache/NFS/Samba/etc ?

putting enough linux on the card to act as a router (which would include
the netfilter stuff) is one thing. putting the userspace code that
interfaces with the outside world for file transfers is something else.

if you really want the disk connected to your network card you are just
talking a low-end linux box. forget all this stuff about it being on a
card and just use a full box (economys of scale will make this cheaper)

making a firewall that's a core system with a dozen slave systems attached
to it (the network cards) sounds like the type of clustering that Linux
has been used for for compute nodes. complicated to setup, but extremely
powerful and scalable once configured.

if you want more then a router on the card then Alan Cox is right, just
add another processor to the system, it's easier and cheaper.

David Lang


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Sat, 2 Aug 2003, Alan Shih wrote:

> Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 23:22:52 -0700
> From: Alan Shih <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: Ben Greear <greearb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Nivedita Singhvi <niv@xxxxxxxxxx>,
>      Werner Almesberger <werner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx,
>      linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: TOE brain dump
>
> A DMA xfer that fills the NIC pipe with IDE source. That's not very hard...
> need a lot of bufferring/FIFO though.  May require large modification to the
> file serving applications?
>
> Alan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Ben Greear
> Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 9:02 PM
> To: Jeff Garzik
> Cc: Nivedita Singhvi; Werner Almesberger; netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx;
> linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: TOE brain dump
>
>
> Jeff Garzik wrote:
>
> > So, fix the other end of the pipeline too, otherwise this fast network
> > stuff is flashly but pointless.  If you want to serve up data from disk,
> > then start creating PCI cards that have both Serial ATA and ethernet
> > connectors on them :)  Cut out the middleman of the host CPU and host
>
> I for one would love to see something like this, and not just Serial ATA..
> but maybe 8x Serial ATA and RAID :)
>
> Ben
>
>
> --
> Ben Greear <greearb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Candela Technologies Inc  http://www.candelatech.com
>
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