good, cheap switches?
erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr
Sat May 11 06:47:41 PDT 2002
On Saturday 11 May 2002 15:24, Andrew Leahy wrote:
> Recently, I've locked horns with the computer support people about what
> sort of a switch I should use in my 20-node beowulf cluster. I'm looking
> for a 24-port 100Mbit switch, and they're pushing a Cisco 3350-24 switch
> (around $1900) apparently for the simple reason that that's the switch they
> use on the rest of the campus. As I look at the product specification
> sheet, their switch is loaded with features a campus-wide network manager
> is bound to love, but would be useless on an isolated beowulf cluster.
> Since cost is an issue here, I'm curious if anybody has any recommendations
> for a cheaper (unmanaged?) switch with a switching fabric of comparable
I think you've already solved your problem. You don't need Cisco. You'd be
paying your dollars to their marketing and advertising people instead of the
I had looked at performance comparisons of switches when we were to buy one
and I ended up with a 3com switch (which wasn't the cheapest). You'd need
something like that, don't trust what the companies themselves claim about
the performance of the switches.
I would recommend the switch we bought, but since there should be new models
around you would need to see the price/performance for yourself. Did you
search the web for any performance study?
Eray Ozkural (exa) <erayo at cs.bilkent.edu.tr>
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