[PLUG] carrier-grade Linux, linux on high-end networking hardware

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Wed Jan 18 14:57:29 PST 2006

On Wednesday 18 January 2006 13:38, Charlie Schluting wrote:
> Charlie Schluting wrote:
> > Carla Schroder wrote:
> >>I was looking at some articles on "Carrier Grade Linux", and wondering if
> >>anyone has rolled-their-own super-duper high-speed router or other
> >> networking widget? Is there bare hardware available somewheres, so you
> >> can cobble up your own homegrown equivalent to a high-end Cisco router,
> >> for example?
> >>
> >>Or, has anyone taken a commercial gadget like Cisco, maybe got a great
> >> deal on Ebay, and put Linux on it?
> >
> > Unfortunately, you'll never get close to cisco-grade. Linux PCs don't
> > have TCAMs, and it's simply impossible to forward and lookup stuff in
> > software in the same amount of time that hardware can do it.
> >
> > Juniper routers use JunOS, which is based on FreeBSD.. but that's not
> > really used for forwarding, it's still all in hardware.
> >
> > -Charlie
> Replying to myself..
> But you were really asking about putting linux on such hardware. eep. I
> read too fast :)

Yes, I'm just trying to figure out if there is a reasonable home-grown 
alternative to the snooty elite commercial boxes, because as you said x86 
doesn't have the same capabilities. 

 Carla Schroder
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