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

Richard Walsh rbw at
Thu Feb 27 06:51:42 PST 2003

On Wed Feb 26 17:42:27 2003, Dale Harris wrote:

>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.

That's the same place my mind came to rest, but the Force10 switch folks
were selling hard the idea that they were cheaper per port at >=128. It 
is a bit hard to believe for a big, full service, Layer 3, router/switch.
Has anybody worked up the numbers recently?


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