ethernet and switches, was Re: [rescue] Mozilla Firefox
mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Apr 23 10:13:43 CDT 2004
On Apr 23, 2004, at 10:10 AM, Joshua Boyd wrote:
>> 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
> Although to be fair, the last complaint has been addressed by GigE. My
> understanding is that hubbing and half duplex are completely forbidden
> as well, which means there is no reason for the hardware to try to use
> noise to arbitrate media access, is there?
Yes, frame sizes have been addressed, but last I checked, everyone
was implementing jumbo frames differently (and incompatibly).
> I wonder how much inappropriate legacy stuff is really left inside
> of GigE.
That's a very good question. I understand GigE is much better than
previous Ethernet standards (beyond just the bit clock) but I don't
know many of the details.
> I'm working on rolling out FDDI in my apartment, but I'm not entirely
> certain I like having that 100Mbits shared around the ring. I
> understand that FDDI switches exist, but I've never seen one. I also
> find myself wondering about what to go after FDDI. Sure HIPPI is
> superior, but damn that stuffs expensive if I want anything more than a
> crossover connection. Unless I luck out on a switch, I don't expect to
> ever be able to afford that, and that seems to leave only GigE.
I have two HIPPI switches. I paid $50 for one and $100 for the
other. I believe Brian (up near you) has at least three of them
(though physically very large ones) that aren't doing anything. But
otherwise I agree with your points.
Dave McGuire "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
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