[Beowulf] 3C2000 NIC discontinued

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Thu Apr 10 08:31:13 PDT 2008

On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 at 1:06pm, Tony Travis wrote

> I've been using 3COM 3C2000 Gigabit NIC's in our Beowulf cluster since I 
> built it. I'm very happy with them, but 3COM have now discontinued the 
> product:
> http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/detail.jsp?tab=features&sku=3C996B-T&pathtype=purchase
> I'd be grateful for comments or advice about alternative 'server' grade NIC's 
> that, like the 3C2000, can offload some of the burden the host CPU would 
> otherwise have to deal with. At present, I use the 3C2000 in all the servers 
> and PXE-booted compute nodes in our Beowulf, and I have a few spares, but I 
> want to find an alternative NIC for two new projects.

Whenever discussions of server/cluster NICs come up, the Intel e1000 
boards tend to have the most positive comments.

Joshua Baker-LePain
QB3 Shared Cluster Sysadmin

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