Re: [OFFTOPIC] Re: usefullness of netbeui

Geert Uytterhoeven (
Thu, 21 May 1998 14:30:16 +0200 (CEST)

On Thu, 21 May 1998, Vladimir Senkov wrote:
> >VS> I just told him "I will install an ethernet switch, but it ain't
> >VS> gonna help when someone nukes the loose-OS :-), and I cannot plug
> >VS> 40 ethernet cards into my Linux :-)" and he answered "DO
> >VS> SOMETHING! NOW!!!" Oh, I changed the boss at that time :-))))
> >
> >Hmm, let's see, you can get servers with 8 PCI slots, and you can get
> >4 port ethernet cards, that'll be 32... Not 40, but close. I wonder
> >how linux would react to that.
> Cool! Can you point me to the manufactures of such 4-port ethernet cards?


They even have boards with an i960 that makes the board looks like one fault
tolerant 400 Mbps link. I saw them at last CeBIT. I don't know whether they
support Linux.

If they weren't that expensive (2000 USD?), it would be great for making
hypercube Beowulf machines (each node a 600 MHx AXP and 4 Znyx boards)...

It's not that difficult to make one PCI board with 4 Ethernet ports. All you
need is a PCI bridge (DEC 21152?) and 4 PCI Ethernet chips (DEC 21143).



Geert Uytterhoeven           
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP}
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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