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Re: Gigabit ethernet cards



On Tue, 18 May 2004 05:19, William Lovaton <williama_lovaton coomeva com co> 
wrote:
> I have a haevy enterprise web application (Apache/PHP) running with 600
> users (active sessions) on a 4x SMP Pentium III 550MHz each (RH9 -
> 2.4.20smp).  Right now the poor server is very stressed and I have
> detected bottlenecks in the network (100Mbps) due to the high traffic
> between the web server and the database.  So, I am planning to make the
> leap from 100 to 1GB network.

Gigabit networking can take quite a lot of CPU power.  PHP applications are 
often CPU hungry and if you are doing enough to fill a 100baseT network then 
it's quite likely that you are already running low on CPU power.

If you get a new 2x SMP system (which will have more than twice the CPU power 
of your existing system) you will probably have 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports on 
the motherboard.  The Broadcom chipsets which seem common for such 
motherboards have worked well for me in the past.

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