On 31.03.2008, at 21:53, Walt Pawley wrote:
On 3/29/08 1:17 PM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote on SCSI network

they are all adaptec (ahc driver) controllers - manual says it can be
target as well as initiator

Others have been discussing the potential speed of such an
arrangement. I'm more concerned about SCSI bus addressing being
a problem. Perhaps the statement above means that each card can
have a distinct ID on the bus. My experience with SCSI is
pretty much limited to systems where the host computer is
hardwired as device 0. If these cards are like that, they'll
likely be pretty confused about who's who.

Usually you should be able to change the Host-ID (which is 7 per default), but the real issue with SCSI is, that there is always an "initiator" which connects to a "target", although this can change (as you state) its not as easy as opening an
other network port.

Think of it as usb, you cannot hook 2 PC's together without some special device in between (ok SCSI is a bit more flexible tough). The only things that popped up on google were pretty much outdated (around 1998), so this will not really help you. It looks like the guys played with this to overcome the fast- ethernet limit.

If you really need something fast, grab some used FC switches (Brocade) with GBIC's equipped and some cheap HBA's (e.g. emulex or qlogic). In this scenario you can run FC-IP which works well. There you can choose between 1/2/4G per
sec depending on the money you want to spend (4G is way off limits!)

Personally I think this is a little overkill, although nice to play with. :-) If you need a cheap solution why don't you equip you PC's with FireWire cards? But ask
somebody about the limitations there (IMHO you can make some sort of bus
connection, but  worst case it would be one-to-one connections).

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