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Ethernet over Thunderbolt

Last response: in Storage
November 11, 2012 11:27:36 AM


Is it possible to connect two computers, each equipped with a thunderbolt port, and have them think it's a peer to peer ethernet connection? i.e., this will presumably work as a 10Gib/sec ethernet network.

What I really want to achieve is something like the following:
[iMac] --EoT-- [Linux] --Thunderbolt-- [Storage]

[iMac] client connected to Linux server with Ethernet over Thunderbolt, accessing files on the storage via NFS
[Linux] server connected over Thunderbolt to JBOD storage formatted with BtrFS, exporting storage in NFS


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November 12, 2012 7:10:46 PM

This is a start, but it doesn't really utilises the Thunderbolt bandwidth to its maximum.
After all, TB is capable of 10 Gib/sec, and the ethernet adapter is a 1 Gib/sec...

I wish there was a Thunderbolt to 10 Gib/sec Ethernet adapter :-)
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November 19, 2012 6:04:22 PM

Magma offers a Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion chassis called ExpressBox 3T that provides a way to connect three PCIe cards to your Thunderbolt equipped computer - Maybe this solution will work for you?