> As the guy said, those who are doomed to repeat history haven't studied it.
> Just as the special purpose chips which once were designed for signal
> processing have been booted from our repertoire by things like the
> pentium and power PC - FASTER general purpose processing and economies
> of scale, as it is with routers and firewalls.
Seemed like a reasonable arguement so I accepted it. Sat there licking my
ass for a while. My hindbrain chipped in "You been suckered dude. That
ain't no Vulcan logic. Think about ASIC's" Um, well, er, yes, right
The latest/fastest/state-of-the-art equipment from Cabletron and Cisco
uses ASIC's because the old historical Pentium processors are too phucking
slow. An ASIC looks a hell of a lot like a signal processor. With ASIC's
embedded in their equipment, Cabletron can provide a 1.2 gigibit switched
ethernet backbone network without ATM. With a similar approach, Cisco
provides .8 gigabit switched ethernet backbone. Neither backbone uses one
of those quaint historical devices called routers.
As the Great Sage Confusion said, those who have studied history are
doomed to read the phucking newspapers.
Sick Puppy, tCED