good, cheap switches?
maurice at harddata.com
Sat May 11 09:15:11 PDT 2002
With regards to your message at 10:01 AM 5/11/02,
beowulf-request at beowulf.org. Where you stated:
>From: Andrew Leahy <aleahy at knox.edu>
>To: beowulf at beowulf.org
>Subject: good, cheap switches?
>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 quality.
>Thanks for your assistance.
>aleahy at knox.edu
The other criteria I consider important is good bandwidth when all ports
are used, and the inclusion of a gig port or a GBIC slot, to allow a high
bandwidth connection to the master node.
In this respect I think the Extreme Networks Summit24e-baseT is a very good
It has 24 of 10/100 ports and 2 gig copper ports.
Edu/government cost is around $1,750
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