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Re: opinions on routers/switches for parallel clusters

  • From: Albert Meyer
  • Date: Mon Jun 18 12:57:20 2001

Having dealt with Lucent I can warn you away from them (as if I need to nowadays). Having dealt with Cabletron I can warn you away from Riverstone. The only company you mention which has consistently provided excellent products and support (and never screwed me around or lied to me) is Cisco. Their stuff is a bit overpriced, but <cliche> you get what you pay for. </cliche>

At 11:15 AM 6/18/01 -0500, wrote:

Hi Everyone,

We are an educational institution looking into building
a scientific computing cluster that has 128-256 nodes
interconnected by gigE.  The outward connection would
be the site FDDI ring.

The problem is that we want to experiment with the topology
as well as the computing part. :)  And I am at a loss
as to what gigE switch and router we should use.

The requirements are:
1. ability to morph the topology at will
2. fast (doh!)
3. Layer 1-4 is required (up to layer 7 would be nice)
4. load balancing

Which companies' products do you like? (*Barring* Cisco)
[If you cannot state your opinion publicly, please send me a
private reply.  I appreciate it and will keep it confidential.)

I am looking at these companies:
Foundey Networks
River Stone
Extreme Networks

Would the people who have had experience with these products
tell me what they feel?  Thank you very much.

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