Sun gives glimpse of revised Solaris TCP/IP stack

Tuesday, 17 February 2004, 1:50 PM EST

Sun Microsystems' new Software Express program is alive and kicking with the company delivering a rewritten TCP/IP stack for Solaris that is meant to prepare customers for faster networking technology.

The new TCP/IP stack - code-named Fire Engine - has 10 gigabit and 100 gigabit Ethernet networks in mind. Instead of using a "brute force algorithm" to move packets around, Sun has a new packet classification engine to "shunt packets off to special routines that can deal more effectively with that specific kind of packet be it UDP, TCP or IP," said Bill Moffitt, marketing manager for Solaris.

This is early access, not terribly useful technology as of yet to be sure, but it's interesting for a couple of reasons*. (We later found out the technology does indeed have an immediate impact, please see note below from Sun's CTO of software - Ed.)

By Ashlee Vance at The Register.

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