Experience with Force10 GigE switches in larger clusters ...

Maurice Hilarius maurice at harddata.com
Sun Feb 23 10:02:39 PST 2003

>From: Richard Walsh <rbw at ahpcrc.org>
>Force10 is a newer (1 year) player in the gigabit router/switch
>market.  Looks like they have 4 products (5U, 8U, 15U, 21U) with
>application to large gige clusters supporting up to 336 gige ports
>in a single chassis.  What experience have people had with their
>products in a cluster context? Anyone run the PMB benchmarks on
>a cluster with one of their switches and some reasonably good gige
>cards?  Anyone computed a price per port on their products?  Any
>surprises on the zero-length-message, ping-pong, MPI latency
>Thanks for your insights in advance ... :-)
># Richard Walsh

We are setting up a cluster with their E600 in the next couple of weeks.
I would be happy to share results privately.
Please let me know any particular test/benchmark results desired.
Implementation will be with Tyan S2723 ( Intel 7501) and dual XEON 2.4/533, 
2GB RAM per node,
Onboard Intel GigE NIC and SysKonnect SK9821 V2 GigE NICs
Software/management: RH7.3, 2.4.20 kernel, bproc, Rocks Cluster, etc..

With our best regards,

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