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Date:      Sat, 07 Feb 2009 13:55:08 -0700
From:      Tim Judd <>
To:        Omer Faruk Sen <>
Subject:   Re: 10gb network interface suggestions
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Omer Faruk Sen wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to ask if anyone here in this list has any experience with
> 10gbE on FreeBSD? My questions:
> 1) Which 10gbE to use? I see that intel has a good support for 10gbE
> on FreeBSD with its own driver for FreeBSD:
> But also I am open to other brands. Especially If anyone has
> experience on that this matter would be very very helpful. I have seen
> that Sun has quad 10gbE adapters:
>  I am not sure if FreeBSD supports that?
> 2) Do you suggest fiber or copper?
> 3) Which bus option to use ? As far as I see intel has both (Pci
> Express and PCI-X not sure if their PCI Express cards are PCI Express
> 2.0 for pcie2 shows
> significant performance boost)
> 4) Especially since I am new to 10gbE I also request if someone can
> suggest me 10gbE switch. There are lots switches but not sure. One of
> my colleague told me that enterasys is good ad 10gbE but not sure.
> Regards.

This was useful to find something to be used at work -- the fact that 
every device has a speed in terms of MHz, and a bandwidth, in terms of 
Mbit to use.  You can buy a 10gbE device, but if the bus does NOT 
support 10gbE, buying the device is pretty pointless....  you'll never 
reach 10gbE


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