Ken Yap wrote: > > >I am hoping that it will send out the BOOTP requests on all interfaces > >and listen to responses on all, then go with the interface that it > >receives a reply on. > > And I would like to add that I consider sending out on multiple interfaces > wrong behaviour. What you are making is a bootrom, which is meant to be > used on a specific card. It should not attempt to use other hardware. > =========================================================================== > This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: > Ken Yap <email@example.com> > To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in > it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, > send a mail to email@example.com. I guess I sort of agree. I am building a beowulf with 96 dual CPU machines. Each machine will have 3 100MBit network cards, only one of which will connect back to the boot server machine. For routing reasons, I don't necessarily want this to be the same Linux device (eth0, eth1, eth2) on each machine, yet I would like to keep the machines as identical as possible wrt to other hardware considerations. For this reason, I was hoping to be able to broadcast on all interfaces at the boot stage so I don't need to know which interface is connected back to the boot server. Still, I can see in most other applications, this would not be desirable behaviour (eg. a router). As regards bootroms, I am hoping not to have a bootrom on any card, but mangled into the motherboard BIOS. In fact, the network cards I am considering (Netgear FS 310TX, based on a DEC Tulip clone) don't even have sockets for boot roms, although sockets could be added with some work (x 96 machines). The other alternative is to add a floppy drive to each machine (96 floppies!) and run the etherboot code from there. This could even be cheaper than boot roms. I can work around the current behaviour, now that I have a clearer idea of what it is. Cheers and thanks for all the help, Bob Edwards. =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Bob Edwards <Robert.Edwards@anu.edu.au> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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