KillerNIC is a company who recently released their first product, a “gaming” PCI ethernet card. This card does some network offloading to reduce load on the host processor, improving frame rates. The card actually contains a PowerPC 400MHz 8343e with 64MB RAM, and KillerNIC is encouraging developers to write applications for the card by starting an open source development contest. A web server is worth US$5000, a peer-to-peer file sharing application US$2500, and there are other prizes as well.

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