(This may not be possible, but I thought I'd ask just in case it is, as it will save a considerable amount of cash.)
I'm building cluster of sorts that has one shared storage unit and two computing units.
I'd wondering if it is possible to bond two 1GBASE-T NICs per computing unit and connect them directly to an identical set of NICs on the storage server without a switch in between and alternate which NIC the packets are being transmitted on and have them reassembled on the other end (mode 0 - round robin?).
This would theoretically increase throughput and of course CPU usage.
We are talking Linux or BSD here. Please do not mention Windows.
There may not be a standard for this, but perhaps there is a piece of software or kernel hack that does this.