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Request for project specs to remove the big network lock

Dear users and developers,

The Board of Directors is interested in improving the performance of the
networking subsystem of the NetBSD kernel on multiprocessor machines. To
help people interested in working towards this goal, the board is
willing to fund related projects.

The main idea behind any project that attempts to achieve the goal
stated above is to get rid of the big kernel lock that surrounds the
networking code.  This would make the networking subsystem of the kernel
more efficient on multiprocessor machines and thus allow the NetBSD
kernel to remain competitive with other freely-available operating systems.

At this moment, we are asking for interested parties to submit project
specifications including a description of the problem, a list of
deliverables, a description of the tests and benchmarks that will be
performed to evaluate the results of the projects and an estimation of
the cost (monetary and timely -wise).

Please send any project specifications, questions or comments to board@
and core@ (both at

Thank you.

Julio Merino,
On behalf of the Board of Directors

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