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HTTP in silicon

Do you think that putting HTTP in silicon offers any real performance gains? Any concerns about this approach?

There will be some performance gains when you speed up the processing inside the NAS box BUT, the main performance...

issues have to do with the TCP/IP protocol stack and the overall performance of the LAN. In this case, more gains may be yielded with attention to other areas. I worry about implementing some things in hardware that may have changes/ advances such as HTTP. I believe there will continue to be some improvements here such that the hardware will have to change to take advantage of them.

Randy Kerns
Evaluator Group, Inc.

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This was first published in March 2002

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