10-GigE for servers

Nathan Stratton nathan at robotics.net
Fri May 1 13:59:23 CDT 2009

On Fri, 1 May 2009, Jason Shoemaker wrote:

> My company is looking for ways to improve throughput for data transfers
> between individual servers.  We’re exploring the creation of Etherchannels
> using multiple server NICs, but Etherchannel seems to have the limitation of
> not supporting per-packet load-balancing, therefore limiting traffic between
> two individual hosts to 1 Gig.

Have you thought about Infiniband? Dual 10 gig cards cost about $50 and 24 
port switches about $1200 on ebay. Infiniband has just a fraction of the 
latency of ethernet (even 10 get eth). You get the lowest latency if your 
application supports Infiniband, but if not you can run IP over IB.

Nathan Stratton                                CTO, BlinkMind, Inc.
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