IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter

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Abstract

The IBM Flex System™ EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter delivers high-bandwidth and industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for performance-driven server applications in enterprise data centers, high-performance computing (HPC), and embedded environments. Clustered databases, web infrastructure, and high frequency trading are just a few applications that achieve significant throughput and latency improvements, resulting in faster access, real-time response, and more users per server. Based on Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN technology, this adapter improves network performance by increasing available bandwidth while decreasing the associated transport load on the processor.

Tip: Do not confuse this adapter with the EN4132 2-port 10Gb RoCE Adapter (IBM Power Systems feature code EC26). These are two separate adapters.

Changes in the June 20 update:
* Updated supported servers
* Updated supported operating systems

Contents


The IBM Flex System™ EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter delivers high-bandwidth and industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for performance-driven server in enterprise data centers, high-performance computing (HPC), and embedded environments. Clustered databases, web infrastructure, and high frequency trading are just a few applications that achieve significant throughput and latency improvements, resulting in faster access, real-time response, and more users per server. Based on Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN technology, this adapter improves network performance by increasing available bandwidth while decreasing the associated transport load on the processor. The following figure shows the adapter.

Tip: Do not confuse this adapter with the EN4132 2-port 10Gb RoCE Adapter (IBM Power Systems feature code EC26). These are two separate adapters.

IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter
Figure 1. IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter


Did you know?

Mellanox networking adapters deliver industry-leading bandwidth with ultra low, sub-microsecond latency for performance-driven server clustering applications. Combined with the IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch, your organization can achieve efficient computing by off-loading the processor protocol processing and data movement overhead, such as RDMA and Send/Receive semantics, allowing more processor power for the application.


Part number information

The following table shows the part number to order this card.

Table 1. Part number and feature code for ordering
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config)
Feature code
(e-config)
IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter90Y3466A1QYEC2D

The part number includes the following items:
  • One IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter
  • A documentation CD containing the adapter user’s guide
  • The IBM Important Notices document


Target uses
  • Financial institutions using high frequency trading or data exchange applications that require low latency fabrics. This adapter delivers low latency Sockets and RDMA solutions for the ultimate in application performance.
  • Web 2.0 and cloud service providers that need high bandwidth and processor off-loads to get the highest productivity from their data centers.



Features

The IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter has the following features:
  • RDMA over Ethernet

    ConnectX-3 provides efficient RDMA services, delivering low-latency and high-performance to bandwidth and latency sensitive applications.

  • Sockets acceleration

    Applications using TCP/UDP/IP transport can achieve industry-leading throughput over 10 GbE. The hardware-based stateless off-load and flow steering engines in ConnectX-3 reduce the processor overhead of IP packet transport, freeing more processor cycles to work on the application. Sockets acceleration software further increases performance for latency sensitive applications.




Specifications

The IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter has the following specifications:
  • Based on Mellanox Connect-X3 technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 (1.1 and 2.0 compatible) through an x8 edge connector up to 8 GT/s
  • RDMA over Ethernet
  • Wake on LAN (WoL) support
  • RoHS-6 compliant
  • Power consumption: Typical: 9 W, maximum 11 W

Ethernet specifications
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation and Failover (requires EN4093R or Cisco Nexus B22 switch in stacked mode)
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.1Q, .1p VLAN tags and priority
  • IEEE 802.1Qau Congestion Notification
  • IEEE P802.1Qbb D1.0 Priority-based Flow Control
  • Jumbo frame support (10 KB)
  • 128 MAC/VLAN addresses per port
  • VMware NetQueue support

Additional processor off-loads
  • RDMA over Ethernet
  • TCP/UDP/IP stateless off-load
  • Intelligent interrupt coalescence

Network boot support
  • PXE Boot for UEFI support (RHEL 6, SLES 11, and Windows 2008 only)
  • Note: No IA-32 BIOS (legacy) PXE support


Supported servers

The following table lists the IBM Flex System compute nodes that support the EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter.

Table 2. Supported servers
DescriptionPart number
x220 (7906)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737, E5-2600)
x240 (8737, E5-2600 v2)
x440 (7917)
x280 / x480 / x880 X6 (7903)
p24L (1457)
p260 (7895)
p270 (7954)
p460 (7895)
IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter90Y3466
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
N

See IBM ServerProven® at the following web address for the latest information about the expansion cards that are supported by each blade server type:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

I/O adapter cards are installed in the slot in supported servers, such as the x240, as highlighted in the following figure.

Location of the I/O adapter slots in the x240 Compute Node
Figure 2. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node


Supported I/O modules

The EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter supports the I/O modules listed in the following table. One or two compatible switches must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis. Installing two switches means that both ports of the adapter are enabled.

Table 3. I/O modules supported with the EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter
DescriptionFeature code
(e-config)
Supports the EN4132 adapter
1 Gb switches
IBM Flex System EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch 3598No
10 Gb switches
IBM Flex System EN4091 10Gb Ethernet Pass-thru3700Yes
IBM Flex System EN4023 10Gb Scalable SwitchESWDYes
IBM Flex System Fabric CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable SwitchESW2No
IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch 3593Yes
IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switch ESW7Yes
IBM Flex System Fabric SI4093 System Interconnect ModuleESWAYes
Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for IBM Flex SystemESWBYes
40 Gb switches
IBM Flex System EN6131 40Gb Ethernet SwitchESW6Yes

The following table shows the connections between adapters installed in the compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis.

Table 4. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot in the serverPort on the adapterCorresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
Slot 1Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Slot 2Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4

The connections between the adapters installed in the compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis are shown in the following figure.

Logical layout of the interconnects between I/O adapters and I/O modules
Figure 3. Logical layout of the interconnects between I/O adapters and I/O modules


Supported operating systems

The EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter supports the following 64-bit operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)


Regulatory compliance

The adapter conforms to the following standards:
  • United States FCC 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, ANSI C63.4 (2003), Class A
  • United States UL 60950-1, Second Edition
  • IEC/EN 60950-1, Second Edition
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1(CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A


Physical specifications

The dimensions and weight of the adapter are as follows:
  • Width: 100 mm (3.9 in.)
  • Depth: 80 mm (3.1 in.)
  • Weight: 13 g (0.3 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 58 mm (2.3 in.)
  • Width: 229 mm (9.0 in.)
  • Depth: 208 mm (8.2 in.)
  • Weight: 0.4 kg (0.89 lb)


Popular configurations

The EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter is designed to be used with the IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch. The following figure shows one EN4132 adapter installed in slot 2 an x240 Compute Node, which in turn is installed in the chassis. Two IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switches are installed in I/O bays 3 and 4.

Example configuration
Figure 4. Example configuration

The following table lists the parts that are used in the example configuration.

Table 5. Components used when connecting the EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter to EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switches
Part number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
8737IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node1 to 14
90Y3454EN4132 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter 1 per server
8721-A1xIBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis1
95Y3309IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switch1 or 2


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Publish Date
11 April 2012

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