Mathematics of gigabit question
James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Dec 7 11:15:46 PST 2001
At 11:12 AM 12/7/2001 -0600, you wrote:
>I believe most ethernet devices have the ability to work in either full
>duplex mode or half duplex modes (I think these terms are a little
>weird, especially half duplex. Seems like it should be just duplex and
>not duplex at all, but that wouldn't sell NICs). That's 1000 Mbps each
>direction or 125 MB/sec (really 119 MB/sec) one way, 250 MB/sec (238
>MB/sec) in full duplex mode. So to try to compare apples to apples, for
>a half duplex link you've got (I'll use real MB, since I refuse to
>conform to marketing ploys):
>32/33 PCI = 122 MB/sec vs. half duplex GigE = 119 MB/sec.
duplex terminology comes from radio,etc. links:
full duplex = 2 separate communications channels (1 each way), both
half duplex = 2 separate communications channels (1 each way), but only one
operating at once
simplex = 1 communication channel (two way), with direction changing.
full duplex requires simultaneous transmit and receive, which the other two
do not. simplex requires switching the channel between two devices.
simplex is also used to refer to a unidirectional channel.
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