Re: Comparing an old flow snapshot with some packet size data

Greg Minshall <minshall@ipsilon.com> Thu, 08 August 1996 20:43 UTC

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Subject: Re: Comparing an old flow snapshot with some packet size data
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From: Greg Minshall <minshall@ipsilon.com>
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Andrew,

> If we view the future where lots of hosts are connected via ethernet
> and fast ethernet & the like, then a MTU of 1500 would be 'correct'.
> 
> If we think that the future will have lots of hosts connected via
> Fddi or similar, then a MTU of 4470 would be 'better'.

Personally, i can't imagine anything except ethernet, ethernet, and more 
ethernet into the future.  Circa 1970, Djikstra (i believe) said something 
like "I don't know what the major scientific programming language 20 years 
from now will *look* like, but it will be *called* Fortran."  He wasn't all 
wrong.  Similarly, i don't know what the data link ten years from now will 
*look* like, but it will probably be *called* ethernet.  (Note that gigabit 
ethernet *looks* an awful lot like fibre channel, or so i am told.)

Greg Minshall