Solaris Fire Engine.

Bogdan Costescu bogdan.costescu at
Tue Oct 21 09:41:53 EDT 2003

On Tue, 21 Oct 2003, Bogdan Costescu wrote:

> But I guess that I should stop dreaming :-)

Well, either I'm not dreaming, or somebody else is dreaming too :-)
Below are some fragments of e-mails from David Miller (one of the Linux 
network maintainers) to netdev today:

> People on clusters use their own special clustering hardware and
> protocol stacks _ANYWAYS_ because ipv4 is too general to serve their
> performance needs.  And I think that is a good thing rather than
> a bad thing.  People should use specialized solutions if that is the
> best way to attack their problem.


> The things cluster people want is totally against what a general
> purpose IPV4 implementation should do.  Linux needs to provide a
> general purpose IPV4 stack that works well for everybody, not just
> cluster people.
> I'd rather have millions of servers using my IPV4 stack than a handful
> of N-thousand system clusters.
> ...
> Sure, many people would like to simulate the earth and nuclear weapons
> using Linux, but I'm sure as hell not going to put features into the
> kernel to help them if such features hurt the majority of Linux users.

Bogdan Costescu

IWR - Interdisziplinaeres Zentrum fuer Wissenschaftliches Rechnen
Universitaet Heidelberg, INF 368, D-69120 Heidelberg, GERMANY
Telephone: +49 6221 54 8869, Telefax: +49 6221 54 8868
E-mail: Bogdan.Costescu at IWR.Uni-Heidelberg.De

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