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White Paper Explores IP Routers’ Growing Data Management Demands

March 11, 2002 — A new white paper from McObject, “The Role of In-Memory Database Systems in Routing Table Management”, details how adoption of memory-based embedded database technology enhances development of the key infrastructure device at the Internet’s edge. The paper is available for free download at McObject’s Web site.

Core Internet bandwidth grows at triple the rate of CPU power, but the promise of high-value applications can only be realized by managing much more data traffic at the network’s edge. This requires rapid evolution of the fundamental edge infrastructure device, the IP router.

To keep pace, routing table management (RTM) software within routers must respond quickly to changing protocol and provisioning requirements. But as demands increase, proprietary routing table implementations encounter limitations in scalability, extensibility, and ease of maintenance.

This paper examines using in-memory database systems (IMDS) within RTM software to overcome these barriers. In addition to greater development flexibility, IMDS technology provides built-in data integrity and fault tolerance, while meeting data lookup and update demands needed for RTM software to support IP routing functions. Performance examples are provided for Linux and Windows 2000. The IMDS solution improves infrastructure vendors’ competitive position by cutting the time-to-market and development costs of next-generation IP router technology.


About McObject

McObject, based in Issaquah, WA, is committed to building data management technology that makes intelligent devices smarter, and to providing first-rate support and consulting services to customers and partners. With more than 30 years experience in compilers, real-time systems, embedded data management and kernel level device-driver development, McObject’s founders are well-suited to deliver database technology that becomes as ubiquitous as computing itself. The company can be reached at 425-888-8505, or visit


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