What public network adapters does the SunPlex system support?
Currently, the SunPlex system supports Ethernet (10/100BASE-T and 1000BASE-SX Gb) public network adapters. Because new interfaces might be supported in the future, check with your Sun sales representative for the most current information.
What is the role of the MAC address in failover?
When a failover occurs, new Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) packets are generated and broadcast to the world. These ARP packets contain the new MAC address (of the new physical adapter to which the node failed over) and the old IP address. When another machine on the network receives one of these packets, it flushes the old MAC-IP mapping from its ARP cache and uses the new one.
Does the SunPlex system support setting local-mac-address?=true in the OpenBootTM PROM (OBP) for a host adapter?
Yes. In fact, IP Network Multipathing requires that local-mac-address? must be set to true.
How much delay can I expect when IP Network Multipathing performs a switchover between adapters?
The delay could be several minutes. This is because when a IP Network Multipathing switchover is done, it involves sending out a gratuitous ARP. However, there is no guarantee that the router between the client and the cluster will use the gratuitous ARP. So, until the ARP cache entry for this IP address on the router times out, it is possible that it could use the stale MAC address.
How fast are failures of a network adapter detected?
The default failure detection time is 10 seconds. The algorithm tries to meet the failure detection time, but the actual time depends on the network load.