Atlanta-NAP's choice of switch

HIPPI would probably make a poor technology to build a NAP out of. The
set-up time that the HIPPI-SC protocol takes to set up a connection
introduces too much latency for small packets. While HIPPI works great for
large bulk data transfers (using tuned applications, including tuned ftp
implementations), I think the performance would be pretty poor when it came
to exchanging tinygrams between NSPs. HIPPI might be better than full
duplex FDDI, but something like OC12 ATM may be better, even after
considering the packet-shredding factor...


Paul J. Zawada, RCDD | Senior Network Engineer | National Center for Supercomputing Applications
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