New Intel stuff, including 100Gb NIC


    "Announced today but coming in the third quarter is a new Intel Ethernet controller. The 800 series, codenamed Columbiaville, will support 100Gb Ethernet. These controllers are rather more programmable than your typical Ethernet controller, with customizable software-controlled packet parsing happening within the Ethernet controller itself. That means the chip can send a packet for further processing, reroute it to a different destination, or do whatever an application needs, all without the involvement of the host processor at all. The controllers also support application-defined queues and rate limits, so complex application-specific prioritization can be enforced."

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