RFC: ported NetBSD if_bridge

Robert Watson rwatson at freebsd.org
Sat Apr 17 10:29:12 PDT 2004

On Sat, 17 Apr 2004, Robert Watson wrote:

> On 17 Apr 2004, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> > They're referring to IEEE 802.1d.  This is an important feature for
> > building large bridged networks. 
> And it's an important part of many ethernet-layer redundancy solutions,
> since it allows fail-over when one bridging element or graph edge goes
> offline.  It's something we really missed in some research work I was
> working on to build link layer filters, since it was an easy way to
> provide basic fail-over in the presence of ethernet link failures (and
> they happen a lot!) 

Just as a followup for those not familiar with spanning tree in the
context of ethernet, here's a URL in one of Cisco's product manuals:


It talks a bit about how the spanning tree algorithm applies to ethernet,
and applications of spanning tree.

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at fledge.watson.org      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research

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