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Craig Seeman
IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:01:55 pm

OS X 10.9 Mavericks boost for post production - Alex Gollner
http://alex4d.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/os-x-10-9-networking-boost/

A looong while back I raised that discussion regarding clustering on this forum. I know a few folks that grumbled when it seemed the new MacPros are still only 1Gig Ethernet. Well, it looks that a Network Thunderbolt connection may be on the way. This would be a big thumbs up from me! Kewl if it's true.



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John Davidson
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:06:58 pm

Interesting. Only thing I can imagine being an issue is cost of long runs of cables. We're researching 10GbE right now. This almost makes me wonder if I should hold off, but I probably won't. 10GbE is affordable now. Which is kind of crazy.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Craig Seeman
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:48:50 pm

I've heard Corning may have something like a 300ft Optical Thunderbolt cable in the works. A company called Sumitomo also supposedly has long Thunderbolt cables in the works.

This TheVerge article mentions the Corning TB cable but I've seen other mentions of it as well.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/8/3849612/corning-optical-thunderbolt-usb-ca...



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John Davidson
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:53:36 pm

Interesting. Have you heard about this Netgear $1500 10GbE switch? It uses CAT6 and can get up to 55M. For longer runs you need Cat6a.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Craig Seeman
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:18:29 pm

[John Davidson] "10GbE switch"

But for the new MacPro Tube you'd need something like this too.
Sonnet
http://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse_10gbeadapter.html
ATTO had one also.
http://www.attotech.com/products/product.php?scat=32&prod=104&sku=TLNS-1101...

When you start adding up the cost one might want to examine what the cost of the long Thunderbolt cables are by comparison. I haven't seen any prices yet though.

This says 94,500 Yen which is around $1000 I believe.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00ATUEKAM



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John Davidson
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:20:53 pm

True. However, the benefit of the Netgear is that you can use regular gigabit ethernet for any system that supports it and only need the Small-Tree or Thunderlink for 10GBe into iMacs. Also, it's backwards compatible to older mac pros AND the new ones.

And it actually exists now :).

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Craig Seeman
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:45:50 pm

[John Davidson] "And it actually exists now :)."

You have to get a Tardis. You should see what Apple's doing in the 35th century. Wireless networking only works within a given galaxy though.



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Jason Jenkins
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 15, 2013 at 4:37:03 am

[Craig Seeman] " I've heard Corning may have something like a 300ft Optical Thunderbolt cable in the works. A company called Sumitomo also supposedly has long Thunderbolt cables in the works."

I'd be happy to get a 15' Thunderbolt cable. The dang Pegasus R6 is loud!

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Bret Williams
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 15, 2013 at 3:47:25 pm

Odd. My R4 is quieter than the fan in my GTech raid and other similar 2 drive aluminum enclosures I have. I keep the Pegasus on a shelf under the desk though. Barely notice it.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: IP over Thunderbolt
on Jun 15, 2013 at 5:42:52 pm

[Bret Williams] "
Odd. My R4 is quieter than the fan in my GTech raid and other similar 2 drive aluminum enclosures I have. I keep the Pegasus on a shelf under the desk though. Barely notice it."


My R6 is louder than my old Mac Pro was. I'd love to be able to stick it on the equipment rack.

Jason Jenkins
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