Subject: good, cheap switches?
Donald B. Kinghorn
kinghorn at pqs-chem.com
Mon May 13 09:27:58 PDT 2002
... take this for what it's worth ... I've used dozens (hummm, probably
hundreds) of inexpensive Netgear switches for smallish (<32 node) clusters.
I've only had one with any problems [ a single bad port] I like the 500
series like the 24 port 524 . These switches use a "cut through" design
instead of the usual "store and forward". These are no frills unmanaged
switches but seem to work just fine for the internal network of a cluster and
you can get the 524 for around $300
For bigger switches I've used several HP M4000 and have only had minor
problems with bad ports and finicky gigabit modules ... these things are
around $1400 for 40 ports (managed)
Best of luck
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