NetBSD TCP/IP Stack Breaks Internet2 Land Speed Record

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Wasabi Systems Inc. announces that on April 14th, 2004, researchers from the Swedish University Network (SUNET) broke the Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) using the NetBSD TCP/IP Stack. The I2-LSR is an ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks.

Wasabi Systems Inc. announces that on April 14th, 2004, researchers from the Swedish University Network (SUNET) broke the Internet2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) using the NetBSD TCP/IP Stack. The I2-LSR is an ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks. In achieving the record-breaking speed of 69.073 Petabit-meters/second, or 4.226 Gigabits/second over 16,343 kilometers (10,157 miles) of network, SUNET researchers used less powerful computer systems than the previous record holder, covered a greater distance, and achieved the result using a production infrastructure shared by millions of other users. During the test, approximately 840 Gigabytes of data was transferred in less than 30 minutes using two Dell 2650 computers with single 2GHz CPUs running NetBSD 2.0 Beta, with a single IPv4 TCP stream. One computer was located at Sweden’s Lulea University of Technology and the other at a San Jose, California-based Sprint PoP.

"NetBSD has long been known for having the most robust TCP/IP stack in the business" said Frank Logan, President and CEO of Wasabi Systems. "We congratulate SUNET and the NetBSD project for this remarkable achievement. These days, the network stack has become a defining feature for network operating systems and NetBSD serves as an excellent launch pad for the optimal TCP/IP stack.”

Wasabi and many of its engineers are contributors to the NetBSD project and are active in supporting key areas of the public source tree for NetBSD.

This demonstration of NetBSD technology has significant implications for various markets, including edge-based network devices, networked storage and telecommunications. In storage segments, improved transmission rates and latency control are vital in remote data replication, business continuity and disaster recovery applications. Streaming media and telemedicine are other applications that can benefit from this type of technology.

In addition to the standard open source features utilized in this test, Wasabi Certified™ NetBSD offers additional performance enhancements to the TCP/IP stack, including TCP segmentation off-load. Wasabi also offers platform support for all modern embedded processor architectures.

About Wasabi Certified™ NetBSD

Wasabi Certified NetBSD is the only commercially available, GPL-free Unix-like operating system with professional certification and support. All Wasabi Certified NetBSD packages are thoroughly tested, certified, and documented at Wasabi's performance and testing facility. Wasabi's standard test procedure includes building the source code in accordance with the same instructions provided to users, installation of the binary image on the reference platform, exhaustive testing of all of the functions provided by the reference platform/software package according to generally accepted benchmarks and methodology, and verification of BSP documentation.

About Wasabi Systems

Wasabi Systems provides software products and services that enable network appliances and embedded drivers, including Wasabi Storage Builder, a turnkey solution to create iSCSI target arrays; Wasabi Certified NetBSD based on GPL-free BSD Unix, a network OS for embedded OEMs; and Wasabi Workbench IDE. Additionally, the company offers GNU toolchain development services for both Linux and NetBSD. Founded in January 2000, Wasabi's investors include Himalaya Capital, Hudson Ventures, Intel Capital, and Newlight Associates.

To learn more about Wasabi Systems, visit http://www.wasabisystems.com, call 757.248.9601, or contact the Company's headquarters at 500 E. Main Street, Suite 1520, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

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Lori Surago
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