John G. Scudder
jgs at aads.net
Tue Aug 15 19:12:30 UTC 1995
At 11:00 AM 8/15/95, Dave Siegel wrote:
>Let's excuse the fact that gated consumes more memory than a cisco for the
>same amount of routes for a second...
>Okay, so let's talk functionality.
>Are there HSSI PCI cards available? Can you do SMDS over this card? Frame?
>What about a DS3 ATM card, or higher?
And Paul Traina wrote something vaguely similar.
I think you guys are both missing what I think was Jon's original point:
Routers forward packets faster than PCs, but the forwarding function and
the routing protocol function do not have to reside on the same box. You
can add a PC (workstation, whatever) which runs the routing protocol and
stuffs routes into the router. It doesn't have to support the link-layer
du jour. Ethernet will do the job just fine.
As I recall the original discussion was of colocating a router, to forward
packets, with a workstation, to compute routes.
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