On Sun, 22 Dec 2002, Andrew Ip wrote:
BTW, EPIA-M also supports 1394 and USB2. Instead of using built-in ethernet, ether1394 can be used as network connections. I have tried ether1394 couple years ago and the performance is quite disappointed. Have anyone tried that recently?
While there is IP over 1394, and Oracle has released their clustering librares over 1394 as open source, it seems that the "400 MBps" and "isochronous" invite to mistake 1394 as low-latency. Alas, it's not. I've posted some real numbers to Beowulf some month ago (which were quite appalling), and Becker meant they were optimistic.
But, it is probably still worthwhile to use 1394 for some applications (like Oracle's clustered filesystems, maybe with built-in databases), along with onboard Ethernet. Do they have to share the PCI bandwidth internally?