i'm editing this question 3/14:
is it possible to send packets out via different nics on a the render server so that each nic is assosiated with 1 segment of nodes?
i'm guessing this could double, triple or even quadruple network bandwith...depending upon the number of nics. of course the hdd bottleneck would be solved using RAID/high RPM scsi.
so for example - with 3 nics on the server, 3 nodes from 3 different segments could be receiving packets simultaneously? and with full duplex, the server could ALSO be receiving data at the same time through each 1 of those nics?
way to acheive: (a) assosiate nics with particular ip scope on server's routing table or routing software (b) group nodes into segments and assign ip's (c) connect nodes to router, and uplink each router to corresponding nic on server.
would this brain fart of mine actually work??? or am i just re-inventing the wheel? i know this is done for web servers/mail servers but i'm not sure about render farms.
anybody care to guess???