18 Replies Latest reply on Jul 22, 2013 3:07 PM by animation_guy2100

    Using ConnectX-2 VPI adapters for network workstation with 2 nodes.

      I am in the process of building a small rack mount setup for CG animation/rendering using Supermicro barebone servers for LGA 2011 Intel Xeon E5 chips. It it will consist of one workstation and two render nodes. I decided to go with infiniband because it was fast and relatively inexpensive to deploy as I was able purchase new a dual port Mellanox MHQH29C-XTR and two single port MHQH19B-XTR cards for $600 on Ebay. My plan is to use the dual port adapter in the workstation and the single port adapters in each of the node with each of them directly plugged into a port on the adapter in the workstation. I have used the same kind of setup for years with regular ethernet NICs without any problems but I just want to make sure that it will work as easily with Infiniband? Am I loosing any benefit with Infiniband when I don't use a switch? I would appreciate any input as I am very new to the world of Infiniband. Thankyou!