Intel I350 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Family for IBM System x

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Abstract

Intel I350 Gigabit Ethernet adapters from IBM build on Intel's history of delivering Ethernet products with flexible design and robust driver support. Available in either 1-port fiber configuration or a 2/4-port copper configuration, these adapters offer excellent price/performance, enhanced power-savings, and market-leading I/O virtualization technologies that includes SRIOV and VMDq.

Changes in the June 10 update:
* New I350-F1, I350-T2, and I350-T4 adapters

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Table of contents


Introduction

Based on the Intel I350 Gigabit Ethernet adapters from IBM build on Intel's history of delivering Ethernet products with flexible design and robust driver support. Available in either 1-port fiber configuration or a 2/4-port copper configuration, these adapters offer excellent price/performance, enhanced power-savings, and market-leading I/O virtualization technologies that includes SRIOV and VMDq.

The following figure shows the I350-T4 ML2 Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x.
I350-T4 ML2 Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 1. I350-T4 ML2 Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x

Did you know?

Mezzanine LAN-on-Motherboard Generation 2 (ML2) is a new cost-effective adapter form factor for System x servers that offers the flexibility advantages of a PCIe adapter while supporting integrated networking features such as Wake-on-LAN and direct connectivity to the server's IMM2 service processor for out-of-band systems management.

Part number information

The following table shows the relevant part number and feature code for the adapter.

Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code

DescriptionPart numberFeature code
I350-T4 ML2 Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x00D1998A40R
Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x00AG500A56K
Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x00AG510A56L
Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x00AG520A56M

The part number for the adapter includes the following items:
  • One Ethernet adapter with a standard 3U (4.75-in.) bracket
  • One Driver CD
  • One 2U bracket
  • One Publications CD
  • One Safety flyer

The following figure shows the Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x.

Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 2. Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x

Features and specifications

Adapter features:

  • Connectors:
    • I350-T4 ML2, I350-T4 adapters: Four 10/100/1000 copper ports with RJ45 connectors for Cat 5e and Cat6 cabling
    • I350-T2 adapter: Two 10/100/1000 copper ports with RJ45 connectors for Cat 5e and Cat6 cabling
    • I350-F1 adapter: One IEEE 802.3Z 1000BASE-SX conforming Fiber Optic LC connector supporing MMF 62.5/50 um
  • Based on Intel I350 ASIC
  • Line rate with IEEE 802.3 auto negotiation for 1000/100/10 Base-T Ethernet (T4 ML2, T2, and T4 adapters only)
  • Host interface: PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Form factor:
    • I350-T4 ML2 adapter: Mezzanine LOM Generation 2 (ML2) form factor
    • Other I350 adapters: Standard PCI-e low profile card form factor
  • Power dissipation:
    • I350-T4 ML2 adapter: 12.5 W typical
    • I350-F1 adapter: 5.1 W typical
    • I350-T2 adapter: 4.6 W typical
    • I350-T4 adapter: 5.9 W typical

Performance features
  • TCP/UDP, IPv4 checksum offloads, and extended Tx descriptors
  • IPv6 support for IP/TCP and IP/UDP receive checksum offloads
  • Tx TCP segmentation offload (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Transmit segmentation offload
  • Interrupt throttling control
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI) support
  • Message Signal Interrupt Extension (MSI-X) support
  • Intelligent interrupt generation
  • RSS for Windows
  • Scalable I/O for Linux
  • Low-latency interrupts
  • Header/Packet Data Split in Receive
  • PCIe v2.1 TLP processing hint requester
  • Descriptor ring management hardware for transmit and receive

Ethernet and power features
  • IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab (Base-T adapters only)
  • Jumbo frame support (9500 bytes)
  • IEEE 1588 and 802.1AS
  • MDI/MDIX auto crossover detection
  • IEEE 802.3x compliant flow control
  • IEEE 802.3z (I350-F1 adapter only)
  • Flow control (IEEE 802.3)
  • VLAN support (IEEE 802.1q)
  • Priority of service (IEEE 802.1p)
  • PXE Preboot eXecution
  • iSCSI support for native OS and VMM iSCSI software initiators
  • Wake on LAN support (Base-T adapters only)
  • IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet
  • DMA coalescing

Virtualization features
  • SRIOV support
  • Intel Virtual Technology (VT) with I/OAT and VMDq
  • Eight TX and Rx Queue pairs per port
  • Flexible Port Partitioning - 8 virtual functions (VFs) per port
  • RX/TX Round-Robin Scheduling
  • Traffic isolation
  • Traffic steering
  • VM to VM packet forwarding
  • MAC and VLAN anti-spoofing
  • Malicious driver detection
  • Storm control
  • Per-pool statistics, off loads, and jumbo support
  • IEEE 802.1q VLAN support with VLAN tag insertion for up to 4096 VLANs
  • Mirroring rules
  • VEPA (VM switching)

Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel I/OAT) is a suite of features that improves data acceleration across the platform, from networking devices to the chipset and processors, which helps to improve system performance and application response times. The suite of features includes the following items:
  • Intel QuickData Technology: Provides the Direct Memory Access (DMA) engine, which moves data by using the chipset instead of the processor.
  • MSI-X: Minimizes the impact of I/O interrupts by load-balancing interrupts across multiple processor cores.
  • Low-Latency Interrupts: Allows the adapter to bypass the automatic moderation of time intervals between the interrupts (based on the sensitivity of the incoming data).
  • Receive Side Scaling (RSS): Directs the interrupts to a specific processor core based on the application’s address.

Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) reduce the I/O impact on the Hypervisor in a virtualized server by performing data sorting and coalescing in the network silicon. VMDq technology uses multiple queues in the network controller. As data packets enter the network adapter, they are sorted, and packets traveling to the same destination (or virtual machine) are grouped in a single queue. The packets are then sent to the Hypervisor, which directs them to their respective virtual machines. Relieving the Hypervisor of packet filtering and sorting improves overall processor usage and throughput levels.

Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) is a method where the adapter and its resources are virtualized so that virtual machine guest can separately configure and access the virtualized resources without impacting the use of the same resources by other virtual machines.

The following figure shows the Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x

Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 3. Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x

Physical specifications

The ML2 adapter has the following physical specifications:

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

The PCIe low-profile adapters have the following physical specifications:
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)
  • Length: 135 mm (5.3 in.)
  • Width: 17 mm (0.7 in.)

Shipping dimensions:
  • Length: 290.3 mm (11.5 in)
  • Width: 250.8 mm (8.2 in)
  • Height: 50.8 mm (2.3 in)
  • Weight: 0.4 kg (0.89 lb)

Operating environment

The adapter is supported in the following environment:

Temperature:

  • 0 to 55 °C (32 to 131 °F) operating
  • - 20 to 65 °C (-4 to 149 °F) storage

Relative humidity:
  • Operating: 5% - 85%, noncondensing

Warranty

One-year limited warranty. When installed in a System x server, these cards assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.

The following figure shows the Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x.

Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x
Figure 4. Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x

Supported servers

The adapter is supported in the System x servers that are identified in the following table.

Table 2. Server compatibility compatibility

X5 and M4 systems with v1 processors
X6, M4 and M5 systems with v2 processors
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)
x3100 M5 (5457)
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3530 M4 (7160, E5-2400 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3630 M4 (7158, E5-2400 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
x3750 M4 (8752)
x3850 X6/x3950 X6 (3837)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
00D1998I350-T4 ML2 Quad Port GbE Adapter
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
N
N
00AG500Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
00AG510Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
00AG520Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

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

Operating System support

The adapters support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 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 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • 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 vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)
For the latest information about the specific versions and service packs that are supported, see the IBM ServerProven website at the following address:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Click System x servers, and then click LAN to see the support matrix. Select the check mark that is associated with the System x server in question to see the details of operating system support.

Related publications

For more information, see the following resources:


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Publish Date
18 February 2014

Last Update
10 June 2014


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