[Beowulf] onboard Gb lan: any opinion, sugestion or impression?
Jones de Andrade
johannesrs at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 12:46:57 PST 2006
First of all, thanks a lot for all the answers. They clarified this subject
Anyway, since this seems to be a good (AND cheap) solution in many cases, I
decided to ask a bit more in detail:
While looking for the motherboards for our 8-12 dual-core-nodes cluster,
already with the idea of using on-board dual-Gb ethernets on it, we came
across the MSI K9N Ultra and bigger ones family. In this family, there is
the MSI K9N Platinum (
which is appearing around here at a really affordable price (a bit more than
2 hundred dollars each here).
This motherboard uses the nForce 570 MCP chipset from NVidia, and the dual
lan bythe Vitesse VSC8601.
Here is where our concerns now are held: Basically, is this a good dual Gb
lan, good in terms of clustering applications? Has anybody ever used it
before, or heard about someone using? Or shall we step back about this
Any help on this subject will be very welcome.
Thanks a lot,
On 11/14/06, Robin Harker < robin at workstationsuk.co.uk> wrote:
> ON-board NICS are as good as PCI, so as long as they are Intel or Broadcom
> don't even think about not using them. AS far as switches are concerned,
> ignore all layer 3 devices, as you will never use the functionality and go
> for a cheap as chips layer 2, (non-blocking) from a manufacturer you have
> heard off, eg: HP, D-Link, SMC or Netgear. If you plan to expand beyong
> or 48 ports, most now do switches with 10GigE uplinks.
> Robin Harker
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> Subject: [Beowulf] onboard Gb lan: any opinion, sugestion or impression?
> Hi all.
> Well, I've found some discussions within this list about brands of
> and some about network card brands also.
> We came to a question here, in the cluster we are planning: how usefull
> the, now so common, onboard gigabit networks (even dual networks) that are
> shipped in the motherboards? Great, bood, bad or terrible performance?
> stability issues? Much concern about it's use for clusters? Is there any
> example, or benchmark available of different onboard network chips in any
> (cluster?) application?
> Thanks a lot in advance,
> Sincerally yours,
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