fast blackplanes (was Re: Experience with SMC 8624T L2 switches and nics)

Dale Harris rodmur at
Wed Feb 26 14:44:03 PST 2003

On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 01:38:36PM -0800, Greg Lindahl elucidated:
> > Are there any implementations using the chip that you would advise?
> I'm afraid not -- my interest in the part was theoretical, so once I
> knew it existed, I was done. It would be really if someone could do a
> survey of the current switch marketplace; back in the 100 mbit days,
> someone would do one about every 6 months and post the results.

Yeah, that'd be nice if someone had those resources.

Off hand, it appears now to be cheaper per port to go with Myrinet with a
high number of nodes (128+ node cluster), than it is with a big GigE
capable switch.

Dale Harris   
rodmur at

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