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EE TIMES: Plans to pump up packet switching coalesce at N+I

Oct 25, 1998, 18:39 (0 Talkback[s])

Semiconductor developers and OEMs turned to informal alliances at Networld+Interop here last week to simplify or extend packet switching in a bid to push forward maturing data-communications architectures for business networks.

IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Compaq Computer Corp, Silicon Graphics Inc. and Xlnt Designs Inc. were among the Alteon partners on hand at the conference to stump for Jumbo Frames.

Jes Sorenson, a product-line manager for high-performance networking at Europe's CERN physics lab, helped Alteon write a Linux driver for Jumbo Frames.

Jumbo Frames improves CPU utilization and allows transfers of 90 Mbytes/second using a standard Pentium over a 33-MHz PCI bus.

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