IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters

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Abstract

The IBM® Flex System™ FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters enable the highest FC speed access for Flex System compute nodes to an external storage area network (SAN). These adapters are based on the proven Emulex Fibre Channel stack, and work with 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules.

Changes in the October 16 update:
* Added the x240 M5 compute node to Table 2


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The IBM® Flex System™ FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters enable the highest FC speed access for Flex System compute nodes to an external storage area network (SAN). These adapters are based on the proven Emulex Fibre Channel stack, and work with 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules.

As the only 4-port HBA for IBM Flex System, the FC5054 provides unmatched scalability and redundancy. In addition, the FC5054 has two separate ASICs with no bridge chip, so data flows directly to an independent PCIe bus for high availability without a single point of failure. It also allows for logical partitioning on IBM Power Systems™ compute nodes. The following figure shows the IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter.

IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Figure 1. IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter


Did you know?

You can deploy faster and manage less when you combine Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Virtual Fabric Adapters (VFAs) that are developed by Emulex. IBM HBAs and VFAs use the same installation and configuration process, streamlining the effort to get your system up and running, and saving you valuable time. They also use the same Fibre Channel drivers, reducing the time to qualify and manage storage connectivity. And with the Emulex OneCommand Manager, you can manage IBM HBAs and VFAs that are developed by Emulex through the data center from a single console.


Part number information

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

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config)
Feature code
(e-config)
IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter95Y2386A45REC23
IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter95Y2391A45SEC2E

The following figure shows the IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter.

IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Figure 2. IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter


Features

When compared to the previous-generation 8 Gb adapters, the new Gen5 16 Gb adapters deliver 6x the IOPS, improve response times by up to 75%, and deliver double the throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, it is possible to support significantly more IOPS-driven workload and applications per HBA, reducing costs, power, and complexity.

The IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter has these features:
  • 2-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapter
  • Single-ASIC controller using the Emulex XE201 design
  • Auto-Negotiate to 16Gb, 8Gb, or 4Gb
  • Up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port (six times more IOPS than previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs)
  • Cuts response times by up to 75% and doubles the throughput compared to the previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs
  • Exceeds 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) with the most advanced data integrity protection (T10 PI) offload to protect against silent data corruption
  • PCIe Express 3.0 x8 host interface (5 GTps)
  • MSI-X support
  • x86 Fibre Channel common driver model with the FC3052 8Gb Fibre Channel adapter, and FCoE on the CN4054 10 Gb Ethernet and IBM Flex System x222, x240, and x440 LOMs
  • Arbitrated loop (supported on 4Gb and 8Gb speeds only)
  • IBM Fabric Manager support

The IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter has these features:
  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapter
  • Dual-ASIC (FC5054) controller using the Emulex XE201 design, which allows for logical partitioning on Power Systems compute nodes
  • Auto-Negotiate to 16Gb, 8Gb, or 4Gb
  • Up to 2.4 million IOPS (dual ASICs: 2x 1.2 million IOPS)
  • Up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port (six times more IOPS than previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs)
  • Cuts response times by up to 75% and doubles the throughput compared to the previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs
  • Exceeds 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) with the most advanced data integrity protection (T10 PI) offload to protect against silent data corruption
  • Two PCIe Express 3.0 x8 host interfaces (each 5 GTps), one for each ASIC
  • ASICs treated as separate devices by the driver: No shared resources (that is, no PCIe bridge) between ASICs and each ASIC has its own firmware chip
  • MSI-X support
  • x86 Fibre Channel common driver model with the FC3052 8Gb Fibre Channel adapter, and FCoE on the CN4054 10 Gb Ethernet and IBM Flex System x222, x240, and x440 LOMs
  • Arbitrated loop (supported on 4Gb and 8Gb speeds only)
  • IBM Fabric Manager support

Fibre Channel features

The adapters offer the following features:
  • Fibre Channel protocol SCSI (FCP-SCSI) and Fibre Channel Internet Protocol (FCP-IP).
  • Point-to-point fabric connection: F-Port Fabric Login.
  • Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) and FCAL-2 FL-Port Login.
  • Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3.
  • LUN Masking, an initiator-based LUN masking for storage traffic isolation.
  • N_Port Id Virtualization (NPIV) allows multiple host initiator N_Ports to share a single physical N_Port, dramatically reducing SAN hardware requirements.
  • FCP SCSI initiator and target operation.
  • Full-duplex operation.


Supported servers

The following table lists the IBM Flex System compute nodes that support the adapters.

Table 2. Supported servers
Description
x220 (7906)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737, E5-2600)
x240 (8737, E5-2600 v2)
x240 M5 (9532)
x440 (7917)
x280 / x480 / x880 X6 (7903)
p24L (1457)
p260 (7895)
p270 (7954)
p460 (7895)
IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y*
Y
Y
Y
Y
* The FC5054 is only supported in slot 2 of the x280 X6, x480 X6, and x880 X6, not slot 4

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

I/O adapters are installed in the slot in supported servers, such as the p270, as highlighted in the following figure. Other Flex System servers have adapter slots in the same locations.

Figure 8. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System p270 Compute Node
Figure 2. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System p270 Compute Node


Supported I/O modules

The adapters support the I/O modules that are 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 all ports of the adapter are enabled.

The FC5022 switches include a base number of port licenses, 12 or 24, depending on the part number that is ordered. Switch port licenses for the FC5022 switches can be used for internal or external ports. Each FC5052 requires one internal switch port for each of the two switches that are installed. Each FC5054 requires two internal switch ports for each of the two switches that are installed. Additional ports might be needed depending on your configuration.

For more information, see the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide for the IBM Flex System FC5022 SAN Scalable Switch, available from http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0870.html.

Table 3. I/O modules that are supported by the FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters
DescriptionPart numberFeature codes*
(XCC / AAS)
Support the
FC5052 and
FC5054
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch69Y1930A0TD / 3595No
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Pass-thru69Y1934A0TJ / 3591No
IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch88Y6374A1EH / 3770Yes
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch00Y3324A3DP / ESW5Yes
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch90Y9356A2RQ / 3771Yes
* The first feature code that is listed is for configurations that are ordered through IBM System x® sales channels (XCC using x-config). The second feature code is for configurations that are ordered through the IBM Power Systems channel (AAS using e-config).

The following table shows the connections between adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and 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
Port 3 (FC5054 only)Module bay 1
Port 4 (FC5054 only)Module bay 2
Slot 2Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Port 3 (FC5054 only)Module bay 3
Port 4 (FC5054 only)Module bay 4
Slot 3
(x440 / p460 only)
Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Port 3 (FC5054 only)Module bay 1
Port 4 (FC5054 only)Module bay 2
Slot 4
(x440 / p460 only)
Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Port 3 (FC5054 only)Module bay 3
Port 4 (FC5054 only)Module bay 4

These adapters can be installed in any I/O adapter slot of a supported IBM Flex System compute node. One or two compatible 16 Gb switch modules must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis.

The connections between the FC5052 2-port adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in the following figure. The figure shows both half-wide servers, such as the x240 with two adapters, and full-wide servers, such as the x440 with four adapters.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5052 2-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 3. Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5052 2-port adapters and I/O modules

The connections between the FC5054 4-port adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in the following figure.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5054 4-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 4. Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5054 4-port adapters and I/O modules


Operating system support

The IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters support the following operating systems.

The compute node that the adapter is installed in might have different operating system support, so both operating system lists must be taken into account. For the latest information about the specific versions and the service packs that are supported, see the IBM ServerProven website. Select the blade server, and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems: http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

Power Systems compute nodes:
  • AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.3
  • AIX Version 6.1
  • AIX Version 7.1
  • IBM i 6.1
  • IBM i 7.1
  • IBM Virtual I/O Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for IBM POWER
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for IBM POWER

For the latest information about installing Linux on Power Systems, see the following website:
http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/lopdiags/info/LinuxAlerts.html

x86 compute nodes:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • 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
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen 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)

For more information, see the installation instructions that are available at http://www.emulex.com/downloads/ibm.html.


Warranty

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


Physical specifications

The dimensions and weight of the adapters 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)


Regulatory compliance

The adapters conform to the following regulatory 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


Popular configurations

The IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters can be used in various configurations. The following figure shows the FC5054 4-port adapter installed in slot 2 and slot 4 of the x440, which in turn is installed in the chassis. The chassis is connected to an IBM System Storage® V7000. The RAID functionality is provided by the external storage system.

Example configuration
Figure 5. Example configuration

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

Table 5. Components that are used when connecting the FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter to external disk storage
Part number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
7917IBM Flex System x440 Compute Node1 - 14
95Y2391IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters 1 per server
8721-A1xIBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis1
00Y3324IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch1 or 2
88Y6416Brocade 8Gb SFP+ SW Optical Transceiver1 per FC cable
39M5698IBM 1m LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable1 for each V7000 connection
2076-124IBM System Storage V70001

This configuration requires additional V7000 features, such as drives and software licenses. They are not listed in the table.

IBM provides extensive Fibre Channel testing to deliver full interoperability. For a full listing of IBM supported Fibre Channel configurations, see the System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) website at http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic.


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