Subject: Broadcom 32-bit MIPS (was Re: Useability of NFS over USB disks)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.org>
From: David Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/19/2006 13:24:49
On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 05:32:14PM +0000, Martijn van Buul wrote:
> It occurred to me that email@example.com wrote in gmane.os.netbsd.current:
> > Anyone ever tried that ?
> > Anyone knows if the USB driver on the motherboard (or on the disk rack)
> > makes it better depending on the brand/version ?
> It all depends on what kind of data you want to export, and on what kind
> of disk you're doing that. USB2 cannot match the speed of modern (s)ata
> disks, but the real issue is "will this make a real difference".
> I've been using a fairly modern ATA disk in a USB2 enclosure on an
> Athlon64 over nfs (heh) and it actually outperformed the aging disk
> I had in the same machine on a 'regular' ata channel. It was more than
> fast enough for my purposes - mainly media shares and assorted stuff
> like my (pkg)src repositories. In fact, I moved most of my media files
> to an USB2 disk being served by my Asus router, which really isn't fast
> enough to saturate the USB2 bus - but for mp3s, the +/- 3 MB/s it *does*
> pump out is good enough for me, and at a considerably lower power bill.
>  And yes, I want to have a NetBSD port on that one. (Open|Free)WRT
Certainly a lot of people would appreciate NetBSD on 32-bit Broadcom
One of my Google SoC students, Ada Lim, began a port to the Asus WL-500G
router, see <http://svn.cuwireless.net/svn/cuw/trunk/src/bcmmips/>.
The port remains incomplete, but it's a start! I don't know if Ada
intends to carry on with the port.
David Young OJC Technologies
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