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RE: What is the limit? (was RE: multi-homing fixes)

  • From: Iljitsch van Beijnum
  • Date: Wed Aug 29 15:01:06 2001

On Wed, 29 Aug 2001, John Ferriby wrote:

> > Look back.  Routers have always lagged _WAY_ behind most other
> > computer technology in terms of processor power, RAM, and general


> Gawd.  This so true.   Back in the moldy old days when DECnet was
> far more common, Digital brought out a dedicated router.   VAXen
> were the common systems and host based routing of DECnet was very
> common.   What hardware platform did they use?  PDP 11/24.  Early
> ciscos (pre AGS/AGS+/MGS/CGS/Trouter/IGS) were based on SUN hardware.
> Once cisco "customized" their Motorola-based platform the state-of-
> the-art slowed dramatically.   SUN went the way of Sparc and cisco
> hung out with CISC/680x0 chips until the life cycle of the 680x0
> was nearly dead.

It's even worse than that: as far as I know, they never used the 68060 or
even 68040 CPUs. These puppies are a LOT faster than a 68030.