real hardware router VS linux router

Leen Besselink leen at
Fri Feb 20 19:30:45 UTC 2009

Ray Burkholder wrote:
>> In scaling upward. How would a linux router even if a kernel guru were
>> to tweak and compile an optimized build, compare to a 7600/RSP720CXL or
>> a Juniper PIC in ASIC? At some point packets/sec becomes a limitation I
>> would think.
> Is anyone building linux/bsd-box add-on cards with off the shelf packet
> processors?    Maybe something with the likes of
> or whatever?

The first thing that comes to mind is this open source addon-card with
FPGA-processor for routing packets in hardware:

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