Don't worry about I2O. Look around: how many I2O motherboards do you see,
as compared to non-I2O motherboards?
Look at it this way: you think microsoft is that interested in requiring
a second operating system (vxworks) to make NT go?
I2O will be a footnote in a year or so. After that, it will be forgotten
and in 10 years someone else will reinvent the idea and learn the hard
way why it is a bad one (as I2O is itself a reinvention of old, bad ideas).
Why is offloading IO a bad idea? Offloading video and 3D rendering work
well, it's what drives 3dfx and it's competitors. Or am I missing
something? My basic understanding of I2O is using a subprocessor to
handle all IO, thus freeing up the main processor from doing things like
waiting on interrupts and the like.
ever hear of scsi? how about bus-mastering?
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