[Beowulf] Upgrading to gigabit

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Sat Apr 23 18:57:52 PDT 2005

Jeffrey B. Layton wrote:

>   How many servers do you have? The 32-bit, PCI, Intel GigE
> NICs are pretty good and inexpensive (less than $30). Plus you
> could use something like an SMC 8505T (5-port) or 8508T
> (8-port) GigE switch that will give you jumbo frames, for a
> pretty low cost (the 8508T is about $100).

Interestingly, the SMC and similar low end gigabit cards seem to flood 
the PC's with interrupts under heavy load.   I've had problems with the 
tg3 driver in the past on Broadcomm units.  The bcm5700 driver seemed to 
fix these, though I thought I heard that this driver was being set aside 
in favor of tg3.

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