Re: Moskowitz on MARCA from 1995

Eugene Leitl (
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 16:18:05 -0800 (PST)

Joe Touch writes:

> Supercomputer jocks want it - it reduces the thrashing between
> send and receive processing, and reduces the ACK processing overheads

Supercomputer jocks want primarily userland libraries like M-VIA and
GAMMA, which can run rings around any TCP/IP cruft both latency and

The whole idea of using long-haul protocols for ultrashort distance,
essentially lossless networks sucks equine priapic instruments.

> on both ends. However, satellite jocks, short-transaction (HTTP)
> jocks, lossy-networks (wireless) jocks, and 'the rest of us' tag it
> as a "really bad idea".
> (I'll withhold comments correlating happiness with the TCP
> knowledge of others for now :-)
> Joe