QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter

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Abstract

The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter offers robust 8Gb Fibre Channel storage connectivity and 10Gb networking over a single Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) link. Because this adapter combines the functions of a Network Interface Card and a Host Bus Adapter on a single converged adapter, clients can realize potential benefits in cost, power and cooling, and data center footprint by deploying less hardware.

Changes in the last update:
* Added new part number 00Y3280 (replaces 42C1830)
* Updated supported servers
* Updated supported switches
* Updated supported operating systems

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The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter offers robust 8Gb Fibre Channel storage connectivity and 10Gb networking over a single Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) link. Because this adapter combines the functions of a Network Interface Card and a Host Bus Adapter on a single converged adapter, clients can realize potential benefits in cost, power and cooling, and data center footprint by deploying less hardware.

Figure 1 shows the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh).

The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)
Figure 1. The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)

Did you know?

These Converged Network Adapters are backward compatible with many 4Gb storage targets and work with most existing LAN and SAN infrastructures, providing an investment protection when consolidating data centers. You can use this adapter with the 10Gb Pass-Thru Module and connect to a converged top-of-rack switch such as the Brocade 8000 or Nexus 5000. With this setup, you can reduce hardware, as well as power and cooling costs, while boosting performance by operating at 10Gb bandwidth.

The adapter connects to the midplane directly, without having to use cables or SFP modules. By eliminating these components for up to 14 servers, the resulting savings alone cover the BladeCenter chassis investment.


Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config / e-config)
QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter00Y3280A3JB / 8275
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)*42C1830*3592 / 8275*
* Part number 42C1830 was withdrawn in November 2012, and was rereleased as the new part number, 00Y3280.

These part numbers include the following items:
  • One QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)
  • Documentation CD
  • Important Notices document


Features

The expansion card has the following features:
  • Combo Form Factor (CFFh) PCI Express 2.0 x8 adapter
  • Communication module: QLogic ISP8112
  • Support for up to two CEE HSSMs in a BladeCenter H or HT chassis
  • Support for 10Gb Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
  • Support for Fiber Channel over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (FCoCEE)
  • Full hardware offload for FCoCEE protocol processing
  • Support for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Support for SAN boot over CEE, PXE boot, and iSCSI boot
  • Support for Wake on LAN
  • Support for Jumbo Frames
  • Support for BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager for BIOS, UEFI, and FCode

Stateless offload features include:
  • IP, TCP, and UDP checksum offloads
  • Large and Giant Send Offload (LSO, GSO)
  • Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
  • Header-data split
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • NetQueue

IEEE standards compliance:
  • 802.1Qbb rev. 0 (Priority-based flow control)
  • 802.1Qaz rev. 0 (Enhanced transmission selection)
  • 802.1Qaz rev. 0 (DCBX protocol)
  • 802.3ae (10Gb Ethernet)
  • 802.1q (VLAN)
  • 802.3ad (Link Aggregation)
  • 802.1p (Priority Encoding)
  • 802.3x (Flow Control)
  • 802.3ap (KX/KX4)
  • IEEE 1149.1 (JTAG)
  • IPv4 Specification (RFC 791)
  • IPv6 Specification (RFC 2460)
  • TCP/UDP Specification (RFC 793/768)
  • ARP Specification (RFC 826)


Operating environment

The expansion card has the following physical specifications:
  • Temperature:
    • 0 to 55 °C (32 to 113 °F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft.) operating
    • -43 to 73 °C (-40 to 163 °F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft.) storage
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 93% (non-condensing)

Supported servers and I/O modules

The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) is supported in the IBM BladeCenter servers that are listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Supported servers
Part
number
Product description
HS12 (8028)
HS22 (7870)
HS22V (7871)
HS23 (7875)
HS23E (8038)
HX5 (7873)
PS701/2/3 (8406)
PS703/4 (7891)
00Y3280QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Figure 2 shows where the CFFh card is installed in a BladeCenter server.

Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFh card is installed
Figure 2. Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFh card is installed

IBM BladeCenter chassis support is based on the blade server type in which the expansion card is installed. Consult ServerProven to see in which chassis each blade server type is supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Table 3 lists the I/O modules that can be used to connect to the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh).

Table 3. I/O modules supported with the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)

I/O module

Part number

BladeCenter S

BladeCenter E

BladeCenter H

BladeCenter T

BladeCenter HT

MSIM

MSIM-HT

IBM Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module

46C7191

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module

46M6181

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Cisco Nexus 4001I Switch Module

46M6071

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module

69Y1909

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

BNT 6-port 10 Gb High Speed Switch*

39Y9267

N

N

N

N

N

N

N
* Withdrawn from marketing

Supported I/O modules are supported in BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis only.

In BladeCenter H, the ports of CFFh cards are routed through the midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10, as shown in Figure 3. The BladeCenter HT is similar in that the CFFh cards are also routed through the midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10.

IBM BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards
Figure 3. IBM BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards

Two I/O module must be installed in the chassis for each Ethernet port that you wish to use on the expansion card. Table 4 lists the specific I/O bays in the chassis.

Table 4. Locations of I/O modules required to connect to the expansion card
Expansion cardI/O bay 7I/O bay 8I/O bay 9I/O bay 10
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)Supported I/O moduleNot usedSupported I/O moduleNot used

Popular configurations

Figure 4 shows the use of 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules to route two Ethernet ports from QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) installed into each server. Two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules are installed in bay 7 and bay 9 of the BladeCenter H chassis. All connections between the controller, card, and the switch modules are internal to the chassis. No internal cabling is needed. External (top of rack,TOR) switches that support FCoCEE and cabling are required for the pass-thru module to operate.

 A converged 20Gb solution using two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules
Figure 4. A converged 20Gb solution using two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules

The components used in this configuration are listed in Table 5.

Table 5. Components used when connecting QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) to two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules
Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1VariesIBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server1 to 14
200Y3280QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter1 per server
38852 or 8740/8750BladeCenter H or BladeCenter HT1
446M618110Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module2
544W4408IBM 10GBase-SR SFP+ TransceiverUp to 28*
*The 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module has 14 external 10Gb ports. You must have one transceiver for each 10Gb port in an I/O module.


Operating system support

The expansion card supports the following operating systems on the HS and LS blades:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5
  • VMware vSphere 5.1

Support for operating systems is based on the combination of the expansion card and the blade server in which it is installed. See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Select the blade server and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems.

The expansion card supports the following operating systems on the Power Systems blades:
  • IBM AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.3
  • IBM AIX Version 6.1
  • IBM Virtual I/O Server
  • IBM i 6.1
  • IBM i 7.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for IBM POWER


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Special Notices

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.

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26 May 2009

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