On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 21:04:38 +0100 (IST), Paul Jakma <paul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > Put simply, the "ultimate TOE card" would be a card with network ports, a
> > generic CPU (arm, mips, whatever.), some RAM, and some flash. This card's
> > "firmware" is the Linux kernel, configured to run as a _totally indepenent
> > network node_, with IP address(es) all its own.
> > Then, your host system OS will communicate with the Linux kernel running on
> > the card across the PCI bus, using IP packets (64K fixed MTU).
> > My dream is that some vendor will come along and implement such a
> > design, and sell it in enough volume that it's US$100 or less.
> > There are a few cards on the market already where implementing this
> > design _may_ be possible, but they are all fairly expensive.
> The intel IXP's are like the above, XScale+extra-bits host-on-a-PCI
> card running Linux. Or is that what you were referring to with
> "<cards exist> but they are all fairly expensive."?
> > Jeff
> Paul Jakma paul@xxxxxxxx paul@xxxxxxxxx Key ID: 64A2FF6A
I believe Broadcom 5704 (570x) chip/nic card come with 2 MIPS CPUs (133 MHz)
one each for both Tx and Rx data path. The GIGE nic card cost < $50
couple years ago.
Too bad, the software SDK for them is closed (quoted at $96K couple years ago) .
Otherwise, there can be some interesting applications with that extremely
inexpensive chip/nic card.
RDMA over TCP/UDP with that chip/nic card over gige can be very interesting.
so is SSL proxy, SSH tunnel, etc.
With the right distributing processing design, it might even possible
to offload SMB,
NFS to the "right" nic card.
Having fun with Xilinx Virtex Pro II reconfigurable HW + integrated PPC + Linux