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SubjectRe: More performance for the TCP stack by using additional hardware chip on NIC
Andreas Hartmann <> said:
> Alacritech developed a new chip for NIC's
> (, which makes it possible
> to take away the TCP stack from the host CPU. Therefore, the host CPU has
> more performance for the applications according Alacritech.
> This sounds interesting.

This idea has been discussed around here a couple of times, and the
consensus is that it is a bad idea: IP (and upper protocol) processing
is not expensive, if done right, so this really doesn't buy much; this
forces a particular interface to networking into the kernel, loosing
flexibility that way is always bad; there is no access to futzing
around in between (for example, for firewalling and such); and if the
"hardware implementation" has bugs, you are screwed.
Dr. Horst H. von Brand User #22616
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