[Linux-cluster] Small Cluster, Port Trunking, To use switch or not?

Bob Marcan bob.marcan at interstudio.homeunix.net
Fri Sep 7 10:44:04 UTC 2007

Frankie Montenegro wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am building a small HPC cluster with two slaves and a master. I can
> put together two slave nodes with under 350$ per node, so I don't want
> to spend more then 70-80$ for networking.
> Buying a gigabit ethernet 4 port switch would be the most
> straightforward solution. However, I was hoping to get "port trunking"
> set up,  and doubling the network speed. Since this is not supported
> by switches that are within my budget, I wondered if I can achieve
> port trunking without a switch, just
> adding couple of   network cards to the master node  and having a
> master node be a switch. WIll I be able to get 2Gbps or is this idea
> completely idiotic?
> Thanks,
> F.
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