How to *use* multiple GigE adapters into a single PC

Ulf Bertilsson ulf.bertilsson at
Mon Jul 22 00:01:01 GMT 2002

We have some IBM x86 8500 servers running win2k.
8 cpu, 2 Fibercards.

I have a box here with some more fiber cards and cable...

Lemme see what I get time for later this week..


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Sharpe [mailto:rsharpe at]
> Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 2:56 AM
> To: samba-technical at
> Subject: How to *use* multiple GigE adapters into a single PC
> Hi,
> On Friday I managed to get a single PC to suck down something 
> like 117MB/s 
> from a NetApp F840 using cifs-load-gen.
> The only PC-like platforms that I can think of that would be able to 
> [ab]use all the bandwidth available in two or more GigE 
> adapters would be 
> things like the AMD 760MPX-based mobos or some Intel mobos 
> with multiple 
> 64-bit 66MHz PCI slots. Can anyone point to any others?
> I know that Intel provide dual GigE channels on one card, so 
> this would be 
> a way to put four into one PC, but I am not sure you would have much 
> memory bandwidth left over.
> I want to find a way to test the multi=interface stuff I want 
> to put into 
> cifs-load-gen and find where its limits are from a 
> load-generation point 
> of view.
> Regards
> -----
> Richard Sharpe, rsharpe at, rsharpe at, 
> sharpe at

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