How do link aggregation/ethernet teaming work?

Let's say I have two servers where both has each one Intel 1Gbps network cards with 4 ports. Can they communicate at 4 Gbps in one session? Or is it still 1Gbps per session?
 
olav said:
Let's say I have two servers where both has each one Intel 1Gbps network cards with 4 ports. Can they communicate at 4 Gbps in one session? Or is it still 1Gbps per session?
Generally it'll at least be limited to 1 Gbps per TCP socket, and that's assuming your switch operates at layer 4 (many don't). A layer 3 switch will (or should) select a port based on IP src/dst addresses only, in which case all connections from the same src/dst pair will traverse the same port.

It's highly dependent on your switch.
 
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olav
Aha, exactly. Then I guess I need a switch that supports the IEEE P802.3ad standard?
 
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