The goal of this project is to demonstrate that gigabit LANs can effectively
replace the system bus in conventional workstations.
By rearchitecting around a network, processors and device resources all
reside in cyberspace.
Reaching a Watershed - Fundamental Shift in Scale
Sub-chip gigabit network interface
Allows use of the Internet inside as well as outside
Allows direct Internet-wide access to major devices
Interface major device subsystems to a gigabit network
rather than to a system bus
Logically interface those subsystems via protocols
Devices Become Internet Hosts
Devices are not tied to a chassis, but to a network
Not memory-mapped, but network-mapped
Not physically, but logically interfaced
Gigabit physical interface design
Device security and control
Very high-rate transport protocol and protocol stack design issues
Rodney Van Meter, Observing the Effects of Multi-Zone Disks
Proc. Usenix 1997 Annual Technical Conference,
Anaheim, Jan. 1997
abstract, paper and source available
Rodney Van Meter, Steve Hotz and Gregory G. Finn, Task Force on Network Storage Architecture:
Internet-attached storage devices
Proc. Hawaii International Conference on System
Sciences, Jan. 1997.
Position paper for the task
force that met in conjunction with the conference.
Steve Hotz, Rodney Van Meter, and Gregory Finn, Internet Protocols for Network-Attached Peripherals Sixth NASA Goddard Conference on Mass Storage Systems and
Technologies in conjunction with 15th IEEE Symposium on Mass
Storage Systems, March 1998.
full paper in postscript
full paper in pdf