I'm planning a machine that will serve as a NFS server for an 8 machine
beowulf cluster. To start with I was planning on getting 4 ultrastar 9ZX
drives spread across two scsi channels. It looks like I can either get two
BT-958 cards, or a dual channel BT-952 card. The 958s would cost about $310
total, vs $180 for the 952, but in light of the whole cost of the server, it's
no big deal. The 952 would save a PCI slot, which would be very nice, since I
might otherwise need to get one ISA ethernet card (plus 2 PCI net cards).
So the 952 seems obvious, but it's a flashpoint card. How is linux flashpoint
support? I've been using multimaster cards for years, and they work great.
Will the greater CPU overhead of the flashpoint make a difference for an NFS
server? This will be a dual CPU system, how well tested is flashpoint with
SMP? I know some device drivers get unstable under SMP.
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