David S. Miller wrote:
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:08:18 -0400
Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There's nothing inherently wrong with sticking a computer running
Linux inside another computer ;-)
And we already support that :-)
Plus we have things like TSO too but that doesn't require a full Linux
instance to realize on a networking port.
Simple silicon implements this already.
I don't see how that differs from your "big MTU" ideas.
Part of this is about how to talk to business people.... marketing.
The typical definition of TOE is "offload 90+% of the net stack", as
opposed to "TCP assist", which is stuff like TSO.
If people ask about how to support TOE in Linux, you can say "sure, we
_already_ support TOE, just stick Linux on a PCI card" rather than "no
we don't support it."
And wha-la, we support TOE with zero code changes ;-)
Jeff, who would love to have a bunch of Athlons
on PCI cards to play with.