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O'Reilly Network: Linux/ATM - State of Play

May 06, 2000, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you use a network that is based on ATM, or have an ATM network being installed near you, you've probably wondered what Linux support is available and what you can do with it. The ATM support for Linux has at last been integrated into the standard kernel and will be a key feature of the 2.4 series Linux kernels."

"The "ATM on Linux" project has been running steadily since 1995 under the leadership of Werner Almesberger. It was originally developed as a research and teaching resource for the Laboratoire de Réseaux de Communication (LRC) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Significant contributions have been made by the Finnish Tampere University of Technology, the University of Kansas, and a number of individuals."

"The Linux ATM support is a combination of kernel drivers and userspace utilities and daemon programs. Any code warranting high performance is kernel based, while anything complex and called infrequently has been left in userspace."

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