SCSI network

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at
Sun Mar 30 22:22:58 PDT 2008

On Sun, 2008-03-30 at 22:34 -0500, Dan Nelson wrote:
> In the last episode (Mar 29), Wojciech Puchar said:
> > i have few Ultra160 SCSI controllers and two Ultra40, cables and few 
> > machines that needs fast interconnect. i could use one gigabit card on each 
> > machine+switch, but i already have it!
> > 
> > can i make external SCSI bus through all machines and use it to transmit IP 
> > packets?
> > 
> > they are all adaptec (ahc driver) controllers - manual says it can be 
> > target as well as initiator
> I've never seen a SCSI IP implementation, but I guess it's
> theoretically possible.  Since SCSI uses a shared bus, though, the best
> you could get would be a half-duplex network.  Gigabit NICs and a cheap
> unmanaged switch will work much better :)

I'd agree with that 100%- do the bandwidth math (not to mention the ease
of setup): gigabit each way compared to a max of 320mb (I could be wrong
on the exact figures, but the gigabit is still faster).

Setup a small private network between the machines in question and
everything would be happy.

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