Hardware switched?

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what this Word Mean:traffic is Hardware switched?


Correct Answer by Jon Marshall about 9 years 4 months ago

Hi Ali


Hardware switched means that there are dedicated ASIC's (Application Specfic Integrated Chips) that do the work. These chips are not like CPU's in your PC, they only do a few things but they do them very efficiently and very quickly.


So for example to route a packet a router uses part of it's CPU to make the decisions etc, whereas a L3 switch has a dedicated chip that does this which takes the load of the main CPU.


Hope this makes sense


Jon

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Jon Marshall Fri, 02/08/2008 - 08:51
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Hi Ali


Hardware switched means that there are dedicated ASIC's (Application Specfic Integrated Chips) that do the work. These chips are not like CPU's in your PC, they only do a few things but they do them very efficiently and very quickly.


So for example to route a packet a router uses part of it's CPU to make the decisions etc, whereas a L3 switch has a dedicated chip that does this which takes the load of the main CPU.


Hope this makes sense


Jon

srue Fri, 02/08/2008 - 10:05
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asic - application-specific integrated *circuit*

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