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  05 May 2006
Fibre Channel network

Anyone out there using a fibre channel network. We are currently using Gigabit but are encountering congestion on the network - how much fast is FC? What sort of costs per PC? What are the best interface cards and switches?
  05 May 2006
It's expensive. I think that cards cost around $500 per card and the switches are probably at least $2k (US dollars)

Infiniband may be a better solution, it seems to be gaining support over the past years. Theyuse it often to interconnect nodes of cluster supercomputers, and I know that the throughput is very high (10gbps). Cost is about the same as FC i think, $600 US for a dual port card:
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Last edited by maX_Andrews : 05 May 2006 at 09:11 AM.
  05 May 2006
It requires 64bit PCI slots - probably you will need to buy server motherboards.

Normal PCI can transfer 133MB/s, which means whatever you put in there will not go beyond Gigabit ethernet.
  05 May 2006
ok, thanks. Good point. Yeah, not much point upgrading to that if there is another bottleneck.
  05 May 2006
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