[TUHS] UNIX of choice these days?

Bakul Shah bakul at bitblocks.com
Wed Sep 27 03:34:19 AEST 2017

You probably know Brantley Coile did ata over Ethernet. AOE is a simple protocol so the client side driver is simple. He ran plan9 on his controller. One per rack. Basically you have a storage area network. Adding disks becomes very easy. His company is back in business if you want to buy some!

AOE is probably a better idea than FCoE, fiber channel over Ethernet, with its requirement for a reliable transport. On the other hand, may be there is need for encrypted channels all the way to disks.

> On Sep 26, 2017, at 7:41 AM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> So maybe Ron Minnich will remember this.  Back in the days of 10Mbit
> ethernet I was pushing for 100Mbit.  Part of what I wanted was ethernet
> all the way out to the disk drives.  It was a little ahead of its time,
> the idea was to run Linux on the general purpose processor and be able
> to send the questions to the drive rather than slurping all the data
> across and pawing through it on the main CPU.  That was part of the
> idea, the other part was power over ethernet and you need more space?
> Just plug in a drive.
> It's been over 20 years since I proposed that and things are starting
> to look up a little.  Western Digital made a version of what I wanted,
> an ethernet attached drive with a key/value store on the drive.  Not
> quite there but closer.  And I just stumbled across this:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_center_bridging
> Not sure how well that will work but it's interesting that people are
> working on it.
>> On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 01:42:43PM +1300, Wesley Parish wrote:
>> Yes. I thought it made a lot of sense. 
>> Quoting Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at>:
>>> Wesley Parish <wes.parish at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
>>>> I once thought of developing a computer where everything from the
>>> core
>>>> functions to the peripherals was a network node. In effect replacing
>>> the
>>>> bus. I found references to a Cambridge U (UK) computer system that
>>>> purported to do just that but couldn't find any more info on it.
>>> The Desk Area Network, perhaps?
>>> http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/srg/dan.html
>>> Tony.
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