[pfSense] Got TOE?
karlfife at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 20:36:11 EDT 2012
Are there any TCP/IP Offload Engine nic's that pfSense can leverage?
A TOE in pfSense could function somewhat like the hardware
packet-forwarding ASICs in the likes of Csco/Juniper etc, No? If
supported, it seems that a TOE could be an enabling factor for pfSense
in some applications where the speed of software switching is a limiting
factor, and inch pfSense closer parity with commercial high-speed
switching. Am I thinking about this correctly?
IIRC, integrating a TOE in any OS is tricky because it violates some
principles of kernel architecture, no? I don't know enough about the
state of the TOE art to know whether it is supported, feasable, or even
worthwhile (at the current rate of improvement in software switching).
Does anyone want to take a stab at this? I would very much appreciate it!
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