Originally Posted by WebsterXC
Could you maybe give a short explanation on those infiniband cables? Seems pretty cool. Ive just kind of jumped into the server world
So did I.
It is generally used for storage attached networks in data centers where cable runs are short. Current generation adapters cost thousand of dollars and switches are even more. My stuff is like 4-5 generations old but still ridiculously fast compared to consumer networking equipment. The cards were also a nightmare to get working in Windows 8. I spent well over 5 hours last night working on them until I was able to flash them to a current firmware and get hacked drivers to work. I also should have bought cards from a few generations newer as I might be missing some of the features I want. Specifically a ConnectX series 1 or 2. I spent around $250 for 2 adapters and 2 cables. I may end up selling the two adapters for a couple of ConnectX ones so I can take advantage of SMB 3.0 & RDMA, which would get my significantly faster network speeds and IOPS.
But now all of that doesn't really matter since both of these projects are halting until I can figure out how to proceed. The 2P Supermicro board won't work w/ these CPUs, and it is the only ATX 2P LGA2011 board. Meaning I lose the 2P or I can't use the bench that I just spend all the time working on. If I lose the bench that means I'll have to use the Z9P8-DE WS, which only fits in the Lian Li. Which means all the time I spent working on the cables recently was in vain and I'd need to start over. Or I just sell all the 2P gear, which would be disappointing.