Intel (e1000) vs Broadcom (tg3) NICs for Oracle RAC

From: Reardon, Bruce \(RTABBAY\) <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:15:10 +1100
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What OS are you talking about?
If Windows, be aware that some Broadcom chipsets have problems with the TCP Offload Chimney that is enabled by default in the Scalable Networking Pack (SNP) that is part of Windows 2003(R2) SP2.

Eg see

This can lead to the TCP keepalivetime function not working and thus orphan sessions building up in the database - eg when clients reboot or lose network connectivity.
I'll be posting more on this in a separate posting.

Bruce Reardon

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:07:23 -0500
From: "Alex Gorbachev" <> Subject: Intel (e1000) vs Broadcom (tg3) NICs for Oracle RAC

Anyone has any insights on which NIC's are more reliable?

We have clients using both and they work quite nice but I'm doing one install and the machines have abundance of NIC's so I can choose. I don't have any preference ...


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