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Number of devices per QSFP+ port

SRR1
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Hi,

I am planning to buy a network card for a new academic research server, which will be used in a SFP+ environment. I would like to evaluate the X520-DA2 (SFP+) and the X520-QDA1 (QSFP+).

I wonder if a X520-QDA1 card can be directly linked with two different SFP+ devices simultaneously, using a Direct Attach cable, such as the X4DACBL3, that provides 4x10 GbE connections.

If that is correct, how many network devices/interfaces will be available at OS level.

From the ixgbe driver's README:

"- 82599-based QSFP+ adapters only support 4x10 Gbps connections.

1x40 Gbps connections are not supported. QSFP+ link partners must be

configured for 4x10 Gbps."

Does it mean that the card provides four interfaces (i.e, eth0, ... eth3)?

Best,

Topo

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AP16
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Each port of multi-port network adapters usually advertised to OS level as separate Ethernet device, so yes, you will have eth0, ... eth3). There is a teaming function of Intel driver to combine ports and/or adapters into single link, but technically this will create new virtual ethernet port and real ports will drop configuration and goes into unmanageable state.

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SRR1
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Thanks for your answer. This is exactly what I wanted to know.

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Topo

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