Daryl Tester Daryl.Tester at
Mon Dec 16 23:01:51 CST 2002

James Dean wrote:

> Reasons are:
> 1) Bandwidth - 3 NICs on a switch,

You want to push 300 MB/s continuously?  You'll need port aggregation to
do that, and serious processor grunt (to drive both the networking *and*
whatever applications are behind it).

> 2) Traffic accounting

You can do accounting on a port basis.

> 3) Because I can.

But I thought you posted a message saying that you couldn't.

> Next step, which I haven't researched yet, would be to merge the NICs
> into the one interface (load balancing), then alias them out, and only
> listen on certain ports for certain destination addresses. This sounds
> like it would be more complex, but now I'm beginning to wonder.

*All* of it sounds too convoluted.  I come across commercial environments
laid out like this - they don't scale well, and they're prone to failure
if not thought out well (and generally they aren't).  It smells of

  Daryl Tester,  Software Wrangler and Bit Herder, IOCANE Pty. Ltd.

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