[Beowulf] 3C2000 NIC discontinued

Andrew Latham lathama at lathama.com
Thu Apr 10 09:12:51 PDT 2008

I think the question was about network cards that would offload work
like the IP stack so as to lighten up the nodes CPU.  I do remember
there being a computer gaming NIC that took this to extremes...

On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM, Geoffrey Jacobs <gdjacobs at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 7:06 AM, Tony Travis <ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk> wrote:
> > Hello, Beowulf list.
> >
> > 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.
> >
> It's pretty much just a Marvell Yukon. Cards such as the DGE-530T (DLink),
> various Allied Telesyn cards, Linksys EG10xxV2 cards all have Yukon
> chipsets, although EG10xxV3 cards have the crappy Realtek 8169.
> On Newegg, I find the:
> Belkin F5D5005
> Koutech IO-PEN121
> Rosewill RC-401-EX
> D-Link DGE-560T
> This is in about five minutes. Some have Linux specific comments on Newegg,
> some require a trip to Google. Some are PCIe, some are PCI-X, some are 32
> bit PCI.
> Of course, you could just get Intel cards, which work very well.
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