Getting a "portable" /19 or /20

Henry Yen henry at
Tue Apr 10 21:28:21 UTC 2001

On Wed, Apr 11, 2001 at 04:42:16AM +0800, Adrian Chadd wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 10, 2001, Roeland Meyer wrote:
> > > From: Majdi S. Abbas [mailto:msa at]
> > > Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 1:20 PM
> > > 	Please let me know when your Linux box is capable of doing 
> > > line rate forwarding on an OC-192.  
> > I actually saw a Linux box capable of doing this. It was on IBM S/390
> > hardware. Admitedly, that would be a waste of horsepower. OC-192 is far to
> > slow to keep that box busy.

we've got a client who is playing with linux/390.  it's such a ... anti-climax.
it looks and smells just like linux on a pee cee.

> .. actually, if only the PCI bus were faster, I'm sure someone
> could build a GigE linerate router running under FreeBSD or Linux.
> OC192 would probably want something a little more dedicated than
> a PCI bus. But then, thats what a Juniper is for, right? :-)

i always thought the JUNOS was basically FreeBSD with the routing table
code re-written.  the remarks about freenix being able/unable to
run at these speeds (hardware bus notwithstanding) seem out of place,
as i think the real sleight-of-packet happens on hardware blades;
the supervisory operating system doesn't play much of a part here.

i'm sure many of us agree that Windows XP will be industrial-strength
enough to do the job, too.  ;->

Henry Yen                                       Aegis Information Systems, Inc.
Senior Systems Programmer                       Hicksville, New York

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