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Advances in multicomputer research have produced a sub-chip sized gigabit network interface. This fundamentally changes the scope of problems to which networking can be applied. It is now practical to re-architect a workstation around a multi-gigabit network fabric, eliminating the system bus by attaching major peripheral subsystems to the network. This removes the restrictions on slot count and channel length associated with high-speed buses, while it produces an architecture with more attractive scaling characteristics.