Giganet vs. Myrinet vs. gigabit

Greg Lindahl lindahl at
Thu Oct 18 09:25:14 PDT 2001

On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 11:21:05AM -0400, Donald Becker wrote:

> Giganet is apparently being repositioned by Emulex as a niche product.
> In an interesting move, Emulex is instead promoting a programmable
> gigabit Ethernet adapter as a SCSI-over-IP host channel adapter.

Before Giganet was purchased, they had already moved away form
building hardware to instead building software that ran on normal gigE
adapters. This Emulex thing is that product. Emulex would never have
paid all that money for VIA hardware.

They claim to be able to do 1 Gb/s iSCSI transfers at less than 10%
host CPU overhead. A conventional gigE driver eats what, 50% of the


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