Broadcom NetXtreme 10 GbE SFP+ Network Adapter Family for System x

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Abstract

IBM® offers the Broadcom 10 GbE SFP+ network adapter family that is based on the Broadcom BCM57811S and BCM57810S controllers for IBM System x® servers. These adapters use Broadcom's controller technology, which provides outstanding performance, efficiency, and scalability for the enterprise data center. The adapters connect to SFP+ Multimode Fiber SR optical modules and direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.

Changes in the February 18 update:
* New adapter: Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ for IBM System x

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Introduction

IBM® offers the Broadcom 10 GbE SFP+ network adapter family that is based on the Broadcom BCM57811S and BCM57810S controllers for IBM System x® servers. These adapters use Broadcom's controller technology, which provides outstanding performance, efficiency, and scalability for the enterprise data center. The adapters connect to SFP+ Multimode Fiber SR optical modules and direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.

The Broadcom Dual Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x is shown in the following figure.

Broadcom Dual Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 1. Broadcom Dual Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x

Did you know?

The single and dual-port Embedded Adapters (also known as mezzanine adapters) are designed specifically to fit in to a dedicated slot in servers such as the IBM System x3650 M4. This card design allows you to use the server's standard PCIe slots for other technologies.

Part number information

The following table shows the ordering part numbers and feature codes for this adapter.

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

Part numberFeature codeDescription
94Y5180A4Z6Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x
00D9700A4C3Broadcom Single Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x
44T1360A4YQBroadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x
00D2028A40TBroadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ for IBM System x

The part numbers for the adapters include the following items:
  • One Broadcom adapter
  • Support CD
  • Safety flyer
  • The PCIe adapters (94Y5180 and 00D2028) have a 3U bracket that is attached and include a 2U bracket in the box

The Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x is shown in the following figure.

Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 2. Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x

Transceivers are not included with the adapters. The adapters support the SFP+ SR transceivers and direct-attach copper (DAC) cables that are listed in the following table.

Table 2. Supported transceivers and DAC cables
DescriptionOption part numberFeature code
Optical Transceivers
QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver49Y42180064
Brocade 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver49Y42160069
IBM SFP+ SR Transceiver46C34475053
Active Direct-attach copper (DAC) cables
1m IBM Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0323A25A
3m IBM Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0326A25B
5m IBM Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0329A25C
Passive Direct-attach copper (DAC) cables
0.5m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00D6288A3RG
1m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9427A1PH
3m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9430A1PJ
5m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9433A1PK
7m IBM Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00D6151A3RH

The following figure shows the Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ adapter.

Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+
Figure 3. Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+

Features and specifications

Virtualization, cloud computing, high performance computing (HPC), and clustering initiatives are increasing workload demands. The Broadcom network adapter family is the solution of choice for workload-intensive computing environments, providing a reliable, high-performance 10 GbE connectivity solution.

The adapters have the following features and specifications:

  • Dual-port or single-port 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity
  • ASIC:
    • Single port adapter: Broadcom BCM57811S controller
    • Dual port adapters: Broadcom BCM57810S controller
  • Choice of form factors:
    • Mezzanine (Embedded) form factor adapters are supported in selected IBM System x servers, which reserve the server's standard PCIe slots for other technologies.
    • ML2 (Mezzanine LOM Generation 2) adapters are supported in selected IBM System x servers, where the adapter is installed in a dedicated slot and supports shared access to the IMM2 management processor
    • The PCIe adapter is supported in a low-profile PCIe adapter slot in a wide variety of System x servers
  • SFP+ port supporting fiber optic and direct-attach copper (DAC) cables
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface (5 GTps)
  • Full line-rate performance
  • Ethernet frame: 1500 byte or 9600 byte (jumbo frame)
  • VLAN support with VLAN tagging
  • Performance features:
    • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE)
    • TCP segmentation/large send offload
    • Receive-side scaling (RSS) for IPv4 and IPv6
    • TCP/IP checksum offload for IPv4 and IPv6
    • UDP/IP checksum offload for IPv4 and IPv6
    • Message signal interrupt (MSI, MSI-X) support
    • PXE 2.x support
  • Wake on LAN (ML2 and Mezzanine cards only)
  • Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) support
  • IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP)-Ready
  • Network teaming, failover, and load balancing
    • Smart Load Balancing (SLB)
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and generic trunking
  • Management using Broadcom Advanced Control Suite management application
  • Support for Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) for communication with the server's onboard IMM2 management processor. This support enables the sharing the network interface with the IMM2 and the operating system, thereby eliminating the need for a separate management network (ML2 and mezz adapters only)
  • Power consumption:
    • Single port mezz card: 4.74 W typical
    • Dual port mezz card: 7.14 W typical
    • Dual port ML2 card: 14.4 W typical
    • Dual port PCIe card: 7.08 W typical
  • Compliance
    • IEEE 802.3ae (10 Gb Ethernet)
    • IEEE 802.1q (VLAN)
    • IEEE 802.1p (Priority Encoding)
    • IEEE 802.3x (Flow Control)
    • IEEE 802.1au (Congestion Notification)
    • IPv4 (RFQ 791)
    • IPv6 (RFC 2460)

The Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x is shown in the following figure. The adapter is ideal for solutions where price sensitivity is paramount and where port-level redundancy is not required.


Figure 3. Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter for IBM System x

Supported servers

The adapter is supported in the System x servers that are listed in the following table. Only one Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter can be installed in each server.

Table 3. System x and IBM iDataPlex® compatibility

Part
number
Description
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (3837)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
00D9700Broadcom Single Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded Adapter
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
44T1360Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Embedded Adapter
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
N
94Y5180Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
00D2028Broadcom NetXtreme II ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N

For the latest information about the System x servers that support this adapter, see the IBM ServerProven® website at http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

The following figure shows where the Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter is installed in the x3650 M4 server. Its location and connection does not consume any of the available standard PCIe slots.

Rear of the IBM System x3650 M4
Figure 4. Rear of the IBM System x3650 M4

Operating system support

The adapters support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2
  • 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 Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition U9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition U9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition U9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition U4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition U4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for x86 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T SP3
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi) U2
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi) U1
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

For the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported, see the IBM ServerProven website at http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Popular configurations

This section illustrates how the Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter can be used in a 10 Gb Ethernet configuration. The following figure shows the adapter that is installed in the x3650 M4 and connected to an IBM RackSwitch™ G8124E top-of-rack switch.

10 Gb Ethernet solution
Figure 5. 10 Gb Ethernet solution

The parts that are used are listed in the following table. We provide two cabling options: a direct-attach copper (DAC) cable option and a fiber optic cable option.

Table 4. Components that are used when connecting the Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter to an Ethernet switch

Part number/
machine type
DescriptionQuantity
7915IBM System x3650 M4 or other supported server1
00D9700Broadcom Single Port 10 GbE SPF+ Embedded Adapter 1
7309BF7IBM RackSwitch G8124E 1
Direct-attach copper (DAC) cable connectivity
95Y03231 m IBM Active DAC SFP+ Cable1
Fiber optic cable connectivity
46C3447IBM SFP+ SR Transceiver2
88Y68511 m LC-LC Fiber Cable (networking) - Optical1

Warranty

The adapters carry a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When they are installed in a supported IBM server, these adapters assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.

Physical specifications

The adapters have the following physical specifications:

Embedded adapter dimensions (approximate):

  • Width: 60 mm (2.4 in.)
  • Length: 160 mm (6.3 in.)
  • Height: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

PCIe adapter dimensions (approximate):
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

ML2 adapter dimensions (approximate):
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

All adapters have the following shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 189 mm (7.51 in.)
  • Width: 90 mm (3.54 in.)
  • Depth: 38 mm (1.50 in.)
  • Weight: 450 g (0.99 lb)

Operating environment

The adapter is supported in this environment:

  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0° to 55°C (32° to 131 °F) at 0 - 914 m (0 - 3000 ft)
    • Storage: -20° to 65°C (-4° to 149°F) at 0 - 914 m (0 - 3000 ft)
  • Relative humidity: 5% - 95% (non-condensing)

Agency approvals

The adapters have the following agency approvals:

  • EN55022
  • EN55024
  • EN60950 / CE
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3
  • ICES-003, Issue-004
  • IEC 950 CB Scheme
  • FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Class A
  • UL 1950
  • CSA C22.2 950-95
  • VCCI
  • AS/NZSCISPR 22 / C-tick
  • RRL for KC
  • BSMI
  • UL 94-/V

Related publications

For more information, see the following documents:


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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Publish Date
17 December 2013

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18 February 2014


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