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Superblade Networking
 
SuperBlade® networking options include six different Ethernet modules. For simple Layer 2 switching at 1-Gbps the SBM-GEM-001 switch offers a cost-effective connectivity option for 10-Blade or 14-Blade systems. Alternatively, the SBM-GEM-002 1-Gbps Ethernet Pass-Through module provides this pass-through capability in TwinBlade systems.

Access to 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks is provided by either the Layer 2/3 1/10-Gbps Ethernet Switches - SBM-GEM-X2C+
and SBM-GEM-X3S+ (up to 20 Blades), the 10-Gigabit Ethernet Switch - SBM-XEM-X10SM, or the 10-Gigabit Ethernet
Pass-Through Module - SBM-XEM-002M (10-Blade or 14-Blade systems). These Ethernet modules can also be configured
for redundant or dual load-sharing operation - or both.

For even faster connections, SuperBlade offers a powerful new series of QDR InfiniBand switches (SBM-IBS-Q3618,
SBM-IBS-Q3618M, SBM-IBS-Q3616, and SBM-IBS-Q3616M) provide connection from Blades to 4X QDR (40-Gbps)
InfiniBand networks - the fastest networking technology available for commercial use. Other InfiniBand options include a
4X DDR switch (SBM-IBS-001) and a 14-port 4X DDR Pass-Through module (SBM-IBP-D14). All SuperBlade® networking options are hot-pluggable.

 
     
Gigabit Ethernet Modules    
Switches    
The 1-Gigabit Ethernet switch module (part ID SBM-GEM-001 and SBM-GEM-005) includes ten external 1-Gb/s uplink
(RJ45) ports and fourteen internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for connection to the SuperBlade®'s LAN interfaces. While
SBM-GEM-001 connects to the LAN interfaces onboard the Blade servers, SBM-GEM-005 connects to the LAN interfaces provided by an add-on-card (AOC-GEH-iP2) offering the support of a total of four (4) LAN interfaces per Blade. These Layer 2 Ethernet switching modules also have two internal Ethernet paths to the SuperBlade® Chassis Management Module CMM(s)
to allow configuration, management, and control of the switch and its ports through a browser-based management interface. Offering such advanced features as link aggregation (static), VLAN support, and Jumbo Frame support, the switches provide
a connection between the Ethernet controllers integrated on the mainboard and on the mezzanine card
and external Ethernet systems.

The 1/10-Gigabit Ethernet layer 2/3 Switch modules (part ID SBM-GEM-X2C+ and SBM-GEM-X3S+) offer advanced
switching features and connection to 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks. Internally they use the same 1-Gb/s downlink ports
as the SBM-GEM-001 for connection to the SuperBlade® LAN interfaces. Externally SBM-GEM-X2C+ provides up to three
10-Gb/s uplink connections (two with a CX4 connector which are stackable and one SFP+) and two 1Gb/s uplink connections (RJ45). SBM-GEM-X3S+ provides up to three 10-Gb/s SFP+ uplink connections and four 1-Gb/s uplink connections (RJ45). Both switches also have two internal Ethernet paths to the CMM(s) to allow configuration, management, and control of the switch and its ports through a browser-based management interface. In addition to the Web-based GUI, it offers a CLI for flexibility in management and control of single or multiple switch networks. Both SBM-GEM-X2C+ and SBM-GEM-X3S+
support up to 20 Blades.

The 10-Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/3 Switch module (part ID SBM-XEM-X10SM) connects internally to an optional 10-Gigabit mezzanine card on the blade (either AOC-IBH-XDS or AOC-IBH-XDD). External 10-Gigabit SFP+ connectors are provided for uplinks. In 10-Blade systems, there are ten 10-Gigabit connectors; in TwinBlade systems, there are four.

 
     
SBM-XEM-X10SM (10GbE)
Internal Ports • 10 (Ten-Blade) or 14 (Fourteen-Blade) or 20
   (TwinBlade) internal 10-Gigabit connections to Blades
External Uplink Ports • 4 (TwinBlade) or 10 (Ten-Blade/Fourteen-Blade)   external 10-Gigabit   Ethernet ports (SFP+)
• One external 1GbE port (RJ45)
Type • Layer-3 10G switch
Bandwidth • 480 Gbps
Trunking • Link aggregation - Eight groups with eight members
  per group
Jumbo Frame Support • Up to 9K bytes
Remote Management • Browser-based management / CLI
Protocols • STP, RSTP, MSTP, IGMP snooping, 802.1x, LACP,
  DHCP, RIP/OSPF, ACL, QoS.
OS • Firmware upgradeable

SBM-XEM-X10SM

10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
SBM-XEM-X10SM

 
     
SBM-XEM-F8X4SM (FCoE)
Internal Ports • 10 (Ten-Blade) or 14 (Fourteen-Blade) or 20 (TwinBlade)    internal 10-Gigabit connections to Blades. Internal ports    support DCB/FCoE
External Uplink Ports • 4 (TwinBlade) or 6 (Ten-Blade/Fourteen-Blade) external
   Fibre Channel ports (SFP+) (N_port type)
• Four (10-Blade) external 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports   (SFP+). No external 10Gb Ethernet with TwinBlade   enclosure.
• One external 1GbE port (RJ45)
Type • Converged Data Center switch with FC/FCoE support
Bandwidth • 480 Gbps
Trunking • Link aggregation - Eight groups with eight members
  per group
Jumbo Frame Support • Up to 9K bytes (Ethernet)
• 2112 bytes (Fibre Channel)
Remote Management • Browser-based management / CLI
Protocols • STP, RSTP, MSTP, IGMP snooping, 802.1x, LACP,
  DHCP, RIP/OSPF, ACL, QoS.
• FIP (FC-BB-5) gateway
OS • Firmware upgradeable

SBM-XEM-F8X4SM

FCoE Switch
SBM-XEM-F8X4SM

 
     
SBM-GEM-X3S+ (1/10 GbE)
Internal Ports • Up to Twenty 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces
  of the server blades
External Uplink Ports • Three 10-Gbps SFP+ uplink ports
• Four 1-Gbps RJ-45 uplink ports
Type • Layer-2 / 3 switch
Bandwidth • 104 Gbps
Trunking • Link aggregation support (802.3ad-full)
Jumbo Frame Support • Up to 9K bytes
Remote Management • Browser-based management / CLI
Protocols • STP, RSTP, MSTP, IGMP snooping, 802.1x, LACP,
  DHCP, RIP/OSPF, ACL, QoS.
OS • Firmware upgradeable
Download • CLI Manual

SBM-GEM-X3S+

1/10 Gigabit Ethernet
Switch with SFP+

SBM-GEM-X3S+

 
     
SBM-GEM-X2C+ (1/10 GbE)
Internal Ports • Up to Twenty 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces
  of the server blades
External Uplink Ports • Three 10-Gbps SFP+ uplink ports (Two CX4, stackable
  & One SFP+)
• Two 1-Gbps RJ-45 uplink ports
Type • Layer-2 / 3 switch
Bandwidth • 112 Gbps
Trunking • Link aggregation support (802.3ad-full)
Jumbo Frame Support • Up to 9K bytes
Remote Management • Browser-based management / CLI
Protocols • STP, RSTP, MSTP, IGMP snooping, 802.1x, LACP,
  DHCP, RIP/OSPF, ACL, QoS.
OS • Firmware upgradeable
Download • CLI Manual

SBM-GEM-X2C+

1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
SBM-GEM-X2C+

 
     
SBM-GEM-001 (1GbE)
Internal Ports • Fourteen 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces
  of the server blades
External Uplink Ports • Ten 1-Gbps uplink RJ-45 ports
Type • Layer-2 switch
Bandwidth • 48-Gbps
Trunking • Link aggregation support (802.3ad-static)
Jumbo Frame Support • Up to 9K bytes
Remote Management • Browser-based management
Protocols • STP, RSTP, 802.1x
OS • Firmware upgradeable
Download • Firmware (FTP) - Release 2.0

SBM-GEM-001

Gigabit Ethernet Switch
SBM-GEM-001 / SBM-GEM-005

 
 * For SBE-720 series enclosures    
     
     
Pass-Through    
The 1-Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module (part ID SBM-GEM-002) is a non-configurable pass through module that
includes fourteen 1-Gb/s external uplink (RJ45) ports and fourteen internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for the SuperBlade®'s
LAN interfaces. This module also has two internal Ethernet paths to the CMM(s) for viewing module temperature and voltage
(but not for configuration since all connections are fixed).

The 10-Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module (part ID SBM-XEM-002) is also a non-configurable pass through module. It provides fourteen 10-Gb/s external uplink (SFP+) ports and fourteen internal 10-Gb/s downlink ports for the SuperBlade®'s
LAN interfaces. Internal links are provided by the use of a mezzanine card (e.g., AOC-IBH-XDS) with 10-Gigabit Ethernet support capability (see AOC-IBH-XDS/XDD/XQS/XQD item descriptions below).

The TwinBlade 1-Gigabit Ethernet Pass-Through Module (part ID SBM-GEP-T20) is a non-configurable pass-through module that includes twenty 1-Gb/s external uplink (RJ45) ports and twenty internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for the TwinBlade's LAN interfaces. This module also has an internal I²C path to the CMM for viewing module temperature and voltage (but not for configuration since all connections are fixed).

 
     
SBM-XEM-002M †
Internal Ports • Fourteen 10-Gbps downlink XAUI ports
External Uplink Ports • Fourteen SFP+ uplink ports fixed at 10Gbps
  (no auto-negotiation)
Type • Ethernet pass-through module
Connections • 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LRM, 10GBASE-ER,
  10GBASE-LR, Twinax
SBM-XEM-002M10 Gigabit Ethernet
Pass-Thru Module

SBM-XEM-002M
 
     
SBM-GEM-002
Internal Ports • Fourteen 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces
  of server blades
External Uplink Ports • Fourteen RJ-45 uplink ports fixed at 1-Gbps
  (no auto-negotiation)
Type • Ethernet pass-through module
Protocols • N/A

SBM-GEM-002

Gigabit Ethernet
Pass-Thru Module

SBM-GEM-002

 
     
SBM-GEP-T20 *
Internal Ports • Twenty 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces
  of server blades
External Uplink Ports • Twenty 1-Gbps uplink RJ-45 ports fixed at 1-Gbps
  (no auto-negotiation)
Type • Ethernet pass-through module
Protocols • N/A

SBM-GEP-T20

Gigabit Ethernet
Pass-Thru Module

SBM-GEP-T20

 
† = for SBE-710E and SBE-714E series enclosure    
*  = for SBE-720E and SBE-720D enclosures only; one SBM-GEP-T20 per SBE-720E; two
   SBM-GEP-T20 modules per SBE-720D
   
     
     
InfiniBand Modules    
InfiniBand Switch Module    
The InfiniBand Switch Modules are switch-based, point-to-point bi-directional serial link systems. They provide high-speed interconnectivity among the blade modules and to external InfiiniBand peripherals and are especially useful in supporting clustered High-Performance-Computing. The SBM-IBS-001 InfiniBand switch supports up to fourteen internal and ten external 4X DDR connections (20-Gbps). The SBM-IBS-Q3616 InfiniBand Switch Module supports up to twenty internal and up to sixteen external 4X QDR connections (40 Gbps). The SBM-IBS-Q3616M InfiniBand Switch Module adds the capability for installation of a BMB-CMM-002 mini-CMM, thus allowing dual/redundant links from each Blade (requires AOC-IBH-XQD)
to redundant switches. The SBM-IBS-Q3618 InfiniBand Switch Module supports up to eighteen internal and up to eighteen external 4X QDR connections (40 GBps). Like the SBM-IBS-Q3616M, the SBM-IBS-Q3618M InfiniBand Switch Module adds the capability for installation of a BMB-CMM-002 mini-CMM, thus allowing dual/redundant links from each Blade (requires
AOC-IBH-XQD) to redundant switches.
 
     
InfiniBand Pass-Through    
The SBM-IBD-D14 InfiniBand Pass-Through is a non-configurable pass-through with fourteen internal downlinks to blades and fourteen external 4X DDR (20Gbps) connections using CX-4 cables of up to 7M length.  
     
SBM-IBS-F3616M*
Switch Chip • Mellanox SwitchX
Internal Ports • Twenty FDR10/FDR ports at 40/56Gbps
External Uplink Ports • Sixteen 4x FDR with QSFP connectors
• 4x FDR (56-Gbps) non-blocking architecture with   56Gbps through external ports
Bandwidth • 3.392 Tbps total switch bandwidth (36-port)

SBM-IBS-F3616M

40Gb/56Gb
InfiniBand Switch

 
     
SBM-IBS-Q3616* / SBM-IBS-Q3616M* and SBM-IBS-Q3618* / SBM-IBS-Q3618M*
Switch Chip • Mellanox InfiniScale IV
Internal Ports • Twenty (SBM-IBS-Q3616/M)
• Eighteen (SBM-IBS-Q3618/M)
External Uplink Ports • Sixteen 4x QDR with QSFP connectors
  (SBM-IBS-Q3616/M)
• Eighteen 4x QDR with QSFP connectors
  (SBM-IBS-Q3618/M)
Bandwidth • 4x QDR (40-Gbps) non-blocking architecture
  2.88 Tbps total switch bandwidth (36-Port)

SBM-IBS-Q3616

40Gb InfiniBand
Switch

 
     
SBM-IBP-D14 (IB Pass-Through) †
Internal Ports • Fourteen Internal 4x DDR ports (20Gbps)
External Uplink Ports • Fourteen external 4x DDR copper ports
  (20-Gbps - CX-4 Connectors)

SBM-IBP-D14

20Gb InfiniBand
Pass-Through

 
*  = for SBE-710Q, SBE-714Q and SBE-720E series enclosures    
† = for SBE-710E and SBE-714E series enclosures    
     
     
Mezanine HCA Cards    
For any blade to access the InfiniBand module, it must have an InfiniBand mezzanine HCA card installed on its mainboard. The AOC-IBH-002, AOC-IBH-XDD, and AOC-IBH-XDS mezzanine cards provide this 20-Gbps connectivity through the backplane to the InfiniBand switch module or InfiniBand Pass-Through module. The AOC-IBH-XQS and AOC-IBH-XQD mezzanine cards provide this connectivity at the QDR (40-Gbps) rate when used with the QDR InfiniBand switch.

The AOC-IBH-XDS, AOC-IBH-XDD, AOC-IBH-XQS, and AOC-IBH-XQD can alternatively be used for 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity when used in concert with the SBM-XEM-002M 10Gbps Pass-through module or the SBM-XEM-X10SM 10Gbps switch. The AOC-XEH-iN2 is also available for 10Gbps connectivity.

 
     
AOC-IBH-X3QD (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox ConnectX-3
InfiniBand Ports • Two 4x FDR10 40-Gbps ports
Ethernet Ports • One or two 10-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 8.5W typical/ 9W max

IBH-X3QD

 
     
AOC-IBH-X3QS (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox ConnectX-3
InfiniBand Ports • One 4x FDR10 40-Gbps ports
Ethernet Ports • One 10-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 7.5W typical/ 8W max
IBH-X3QS
 
     
AOC-IBH-XQD (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox ConnectX-2
InfiniBand Ports • Two 4x QDR 40-Gbps ports
Ethernet Ports • One or two 10-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 10.4W typical/ 11W max
IBH-XQD
 
     
AOC-IBH-XQS (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox ConnectX
InfiniBand Ports • One 4x QDR 40-Gbps ports
Ethernet Ports • One 10-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 10.4W typical/ 11W max
IBH-XQS
 
     
AOC-IBH-XDD (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox ConnectX
InfiniBand Ports • One or two 4x DDR 20-Gbps ports
Ethernet Ports • One or two 10-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 10.4W typical/ 11W max
AOC-IBH-XDD
 
     
AOC-IBH-002 (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Mellanox InfiniHost III Lx DDR
InfiniBand Ports • Single 4x DDR 20-Gbps ports
Power Consumption • 10.4W typical/ 11W max
AOC-IBH-002
 
     
AOC-XEH-iN2 (Mezzanine HCA)
Chipset • Intel 82599 Niantic chip
InfiniBand Ports • Dual 10-Gbps port
Power Consumption • 6.25W max
AOC-XEH-iN2
 
     
     
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