[Beowulf] Re: newbies' dilemma / firewire? (Hahn)

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pathscale.com
Thu Mar 9 19:01:30 EST 2006


On Thu, Mar 09, 2006 at 10:35:25AM -0800, Ed Karns wrote:

> Processor efficiency FireWire has a 32-bit "risc" type  
> microprocessor, is peer to peer in hardware / firmware and has other  
> lean architecture features.

Uh, is having a 32-bit CPU in your NIC supposed to make it faster or
slower? In the InfiniBand space, there's a proof that having that
extra cpu makes small packets slower. With FireWire's slower link
speed...

-- greg

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