Subject: Re: Broadcom 32-bit MIPS (was Re: Useability of NFS over USB disks)
To: None <>
From: Garrett D'Amore <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/19/2006 11:28:52
David Young wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 05:32:14PM +0000, Martijn van Buul wrote:
>> It occurred to me that 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[1], 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.
>> [1] And yes, I want to have a NetBSD port on that one. (Open|Free)WRT
>>     stinks.
> Martin,
> Certainly a lot of people would appreciate NetBSD on 32-bit Broadcom
> MIPS chips.
> One of my Google SoC students, Ada Lim, began a port to the Asus WL-500G
> router, see <>.
> The port remains incomplete, but it's a start!  I don't know if Ada
> intends to carry on with the port.
> Dave

Porting NetBSD would probably be a small effort.  Including support for
borgcom wifi in said port would notably _not_ be a small effort.

Garrett D'Amore, Principal Software Engineer
Tadpole Computer / Computing Technologies Division,
General Dynamics C4 Systems
Phone: 951 325-2134  Fax: 951 325-2191