[Beowulf] switch selection

Matt Lawrence matt at technoronin.com
Thu Mar 5 14:34:15 EST 2009


On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, Gerry Creager wrote:

> I recall a couple of recent arguments, so I'm wondering if someone could 
> summarize the discussion on gigabit switches for HPC/clusters.
>
> 1.  If memory serves, NetGear wasn't a great choice?
> 2.  HP Procurve got some good reviews.
>
> I've been asked for an opinion by some folks building a small, dedicated 
> cluster.  I'd told them of my misgivings on NetGear, and now I've gotta give 
> a recommendation.
>
> I am asking for the collective wisdom.  That said, I'll comment that I've 
> been happy with out Procurve 5012zl but it's a bit larger than they need or 
> would grow into.

The Linksys 48 port managed switches seem to be very unreliable.  I 
recommend avoiding them.

-- Matt
It's not what I know that counts.
It's what I can remember in time to use.
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