Choosing two 10GiGE cards

rihad rihad at
Thu Oct 8 05:23:42 UTC 2009

Hi there,

We think it's time to switch from two GiGE bce cards to 10GiGE.
According to
the 10GiGE cards listed below are supported on amd64. Anyone has 
personal experience using any of them them? Should I prefer drivers that 
support DEVICE_POLLING (actually, only ixgb as per "man polling")? I'll 
try to find out from the manufacturer how their own models differ from 
each other (all this LR/SR/CX4 stuff). Thanks.

[i386,amd64] The ixgb(4) driver supports the following cards:

     *      Intel PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter
     *      Intel PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter

[i386,amd64] The cxgb(4) driver supports 10 Gigabit and 1 Gigabit 
Ethernet adapters based on the T3 and T3B chipset:

     *      Chelsio 10GBase-CX4
     *      Chelsio 10GBase-LR
     *      Chelsio 10GBase-SR

[i386,amd64] The mxge(4) driver supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters 
based on the Myricom LANai Z8E chips:

     *      Myricom 10GBase-CX4 (10G-PCIE-8A-C, 10G-PCIE-8AL-C)
     *      Myricom 10GBase-R (10G-PCIE-8A-R, 10G-PCIE-8AL-R)
     *      Myricom 10G XAUI over ribbon fiber (10G-PCIE-8A-Q, 

[i386,amd64] The nxge(4) driver supports Neterion Xframe 10 Gigabit 
Ethernet adapters listed in

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