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Date:	Wed, 6 Jun 2007 22:25:11 -0700
From:	Stephen Hemminger <>
To:	"Tej Parkash" <>
Subject: Re: extra layer below inet layer.

On Thu, 7 Jun 2007 10:10:44 +0530
"Tej Parkash" <> wrote:

> hi
> i just want to have something like tcp layer sitting below inet layer.
> so that i can directly offload everything to NIC
> and i want it to be placed dynamically. so depending on the nic i can
> offload the feature or can make it normal flow.
> i.e. both layer should exist and normal functionality should not break.
NIC protocol offloading is a contentious subject since it bypasses
all the security and restricts usefulness of the device for VLAN's,
bonding, bridging, etc.

Stephen Hemminger <>
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