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From: Jayabrata Chakrabarty (get_jb_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-03-26 06:04:44

Hi Allan, i ran hpbench on a cluster of two machines having just convetional PCI bus and i didnt find any performance improvement. On the contrary the performace degraded. I figured out it may be because conventional PCI bus (33 MHz, 32 bits) provides a bandwidth with 33x32 = 1056 Mbps, hence just one 1000 Mpbs NIC Card is enough to saturate the bandwidth.
If you need enhanced performance, you need to get PCI-X (100/133, 62 bits) based machines.
thanks ....