The last few years, we relabeled leading brands of network adapters and selled them for our system. Now we have developed an own NIC chip again. Why? Because we wanted to make some things in a different way. It´s a nic zu augument our massive multithreading systems. You find a nice summary at Ariels blog entry “Russian Dools”. The first usage is the
Sun x8 Express Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet Fiber XFP Low Profile Adapter
. This new NIC chip makes really sense, because building a Dual 10 Gig NIC is not such a problem, the challenge is getting the speed to the applications. It´s quite handy that Sun develops systems not only assembling parts. You have to develop on many frontiers to reach such targets: NICs, Systems, operating systems.