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Architecture of Network Systems by Tilman Wolf, Dimitrios Serpanos

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Chapter 5. Network adapters
Abstract:
Network adapters are used to enable connectivity on a single network link and typically implement a single protocol stack. Network adapters provide system implementation for lower layers of protocol processing. The physical medium of the attached network influences the operation and specification of the adapter. Since adapters implement single protocol stacks, they are often used as building blocks for multistack systems, such as bridges, routers, and gateways. Network adapters need to address specified performance requirements to ensure that throughput preservation can be maintained through all layers of the protocol stack. Memory management in network adapters is an important performance issue. Memory management ...

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