ethernet and switches, was Re: [rescue] Mozilla Firefox

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Thu Apr 22 16:44:28 CDT 2004

On Apr 22, 2004, at 5:12 PM, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>>   It's kinda like taking a poorly-performing Ethernet network and
>> making it fully switched to alleviate congestion.  That's modifying a
>> very basic underlying part of the design of Ethernet (the whole point
>> of CSMA/CD) in order to make it perform well.
> OK... but what is the proper solution there?

   Uhhhhhh, use something better than Ethernet?  Something that, 
perhaps, uses something a little more robust than NOISE ON THE WIRE to 
arbitrate media access?  Something with frame sizes a little more 
in-tune with the way networks are used today, rather than thirty years 

   But with most of the mainstream computer world stuck in the ancient 
x86 architecture, I suppose Ethernet really does fit in quite well.

> I don't really see how ethernet could have survived without violating
> it.

   It wouldn't have.  And by all rights, it shouldn't have.  There were 
newer, better technologies available (FDDI comes to mind) that remained 
expensive and thus never overtook Ethernet.


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
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