ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port AdapterProduct Guide
The ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter is an advanced programmable network adapter that combines the advanced ConnectX-5 Ethernet network controller ASIC with an onboard state-of-the-art FPGA. Such a combination enables customers to develop custom-made offloads for a range of applications, including storage, HPC, machine learning, and security.
This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the adapter and its key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the ConnectX-5 adapter and consider its use in IT solutions.
Changes in the September 25 update:
- Added SE350, SR635 and SR655 to the Server support table (no support)
The ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter is an advanced programmable network adapter that combines the advanced ConnectX-5 Ethernet network controller ASIC with an onboard fully-open programmable Xilinx FPGA. Such a combination enables customers to develop custom-made offloads for a range of applications, including storage, HPC, machine learning, and security.
The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter (the standard heat sink has been removed in this photo).
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter
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Part number information
The following table shows the part number for the adapter.
|Part number||Feature code||Mellanox
|4XC7A16683||B5XZ||MNV303212A-ADLT||ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter|
The part numbers include the following:
- One Mellanox adapter
- Low-profile (2U) and full-height (3U) adapter brackets
Supported cables and transceivers
This section lists the supported transceivers and cables.
|Part number||Feature code||Description|
|46C3447||5053||SFP+ SR Transceiver|
|90Y9412||A1PM||SFP+ LR Transceiver|
|7G17A03537||AV1B||Lenovo 25GBase-SR SFP28 Transceiver|
The following table lists the supported fiber optic cables and Active Optical Cables.
|Part number||Feature code||Description|
|LC-LC OM3 Fiber Optic Cables (these cables require a 10 GbE SFP+ SR transceiver)|
|00MN499||ASR5||Lenovo 0.5m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN502||ASR6||Lenovo 1m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN505||ASR7||Lenovo 3m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN508||ASR8||Lenovo 5m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN511||ASR9||Lenovo 10m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN514||ASRA||Lenovo 15m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN517||ASRB||Lenovo 25m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|00MN520||ASRC||Lenovo 30m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable|
|SFP+ 10Gb Active Optical Cables|
|00YL634||ATYX||Lenovo 1M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|00YL637||ATYY||Lenovo 3M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|00YL640||ATYZ||Lenovo 5M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|00YL643||ATZ0||Lenovo 7M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|00YL646||ATZ1||Lenovo 15M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|00YL649||ATZ2||Lenovo 20M SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable|
|SFP28 25Gb Active Optical Cables|
|7Z57A03541||AV1F||Lenovo 3m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03542||AV1G||Lenovo 5m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03543||AV1H||Lenovo 10m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03544||AV1J||Lenovo 15m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03545||AV1K||Lenovo 20m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable|
|QSFP28 100Gb Breakout Active Optical Cables|
|7Z57A03551||AV1R||Lenovo 3m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03552||AV1S||Lenovo 5m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03553||AV1T||Lenovo 10m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03554||AV1U||Lenovo 15m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable|
|7Z57A03555||AV1V||Lenovo 20m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable|
The following table lists the supported direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.
|Part number||Feature code||Description|
|SFP+ 10Gb Passive DAC Cables|
|00D6288||A3RG||0.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|90Y9427||A1PH||1m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|00AY764||A51N||1.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|00AY765||A51P||2m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|90Y9430||A1PJ||3m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|90Y9433||A1PK||5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|00D6151||A3RH||7m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable|
|SFP+ 10Gb Active DAC Cables|
|00VX111||AT2R||Lenovo 1m Active DAC SFP+ Cables|
|00VX114||AT2S||Lenovo 3m Active DAC SFP+ Cables|
|00VX117||AT2T||Lenovo 5m Active DAC SFP+ Cables|
|SFP28 25Gb Passive DAC Cables|
|7Z57A03557||AV1W||Lenovo 1m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable|
|7Z57A03558||AV1X||Lenovo 3m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable|
|7Z57A03559||AV1Y||Lenovo 5m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable|
The Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA adapter offers a number of features, including the following:
Ease of development and deployment
Customers can easily develop and deploy FPGA applications, using the Xilinx Vivado Design Suite development environment (licensed separately from Xilinx) and the Mellanox tools suite. The feature-rich adapter, together with the High Level Synthesis (HLS) capabilities of the Xilinx Vivado design and backend development environment, create the ideal infrastructure for developers to implement their own applications and to achieve hardware-like performance with minimum time-to-market.
Security: Customers can create highly optimized and unique solutions that serve a variety of security use cases, including data encryption, decryption and more.
Storage: The adapter enables the acceleration and scalability of different types of storage applications. For example, it can help deliver transparent data compression, decompression or deduplication capabilities, improving overall storage utilization with minimal additional load on the server CPU.
Media & entertainment: The adapter offers a unique, compliant and differentiated solution for streaming applications through custom accelerations, providing the ability to manage multiple 4K/8K streams in a single host, with lower CPU and PCIe bandwidth utilization. Other capabilities include customized offload of packet pacing, video down-sampling, and switching for video redundancy.
The Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA Adapter reduces TCO by combining the FPGA acceleration with the low-latency network controller on a single PCIe slot. The FPGA chip connects to the host via an on-board PCIe switch supporting PCIe x8 Gen4, and also is visible to the host as a PCIe device.
- Single-slot low-profile adapter:
- Dual-port 10GbE and 25GbE Ethernet connectivity
- Xilinx Kintex UltraScale XCKU15P Application Accelerator FPGA
- 8GB DDR4-2400 on-board memory
- PCIe 4.0 x8 host interface (backward compatible with PCIe 3.0)
- 25GbE / 10GbE
- IEEE 802.3bj, 802.3bm 25 Gigabit Ethernet
- IEEE 802.3by, Ethernet Consortium 25 Gigabit
- IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
- IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
- IEEE 802.1Q, 802.1P VLAN tags and priority
- IEEE 802.1Qau Congestion Notification
- IEEE 802.1Qaz D0.2 ETS
- IEEE 802.1Qbb D1.0 Priority-based Flow Control
- IEEE 1588v2
- Jumbo frame support (9600 byte)
- Remote Boot
- Remote boot over Ethernet
- Enhanced features and offloads:
- RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
- RAID offload – erasure coding (Reed-Solomon ) offload
- Hardware-based reliable transport
- PeerDirect RDMA (GPUDirect communication acceleration)
- Enhanced Atomic operations
- Advanced memory mapping support, allowing user mode registration and remapping of memory (UMR)
- LSO, LRO, checksum offload
- RSS VLAN and MPLS tag insertion/stripping, Receive flow steering
- Intelligent interrupt coalescing Hardware-Based I/O Virtualization
- Single Root IOV
- SR-IOV: Up to 512 Virtual Function
- SR-IOV: Up to 2 Physical Functions
- Virtualizing Physical Functions on a physical port
- SR-IOV on every Physical Function
- Address translation and protection
- Guaranteed QoS for VMs
- Media & entertainment IP video formats
- SMPTE 2110-20
- SMPTE 2110-21N/NL
- Management and control interfaces
- MCTP over SMBus
- NC-SI over MCTP / BMC
- PCI Express host interface
- TLP (Transaction Layer Packet) Processing Hints (TPH)
- Access Control Service (ACS) for peer-to-peer secure communication
- Advance Error Reporting (AER)
- Process Address Space ID (PASID) Address Translation Services (ATS)
- Support for MSI/MSI-X mechanisms
Note: The internal OpenCAPI interface is not supported by Lenovo
The following table lists the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.
|Description||E||1S Intel||2S Intel||AMD||4S Intel||Dense/ Blade|
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
|4XC7A16683||ThinkSystem Mellanox Innova-2 ConnectX-5 FPGA 25GbE 2-port Adapter||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||N||N|
Operating system support
The adapter supports the operating systems listed in the following table.
Tip: This table is automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.
SD530 (Gen 2)
SR630 (Gen 2)
SR650 (Gen 2)
SR950 (Gen 2)
SD530 (Gen 1)
SR630 (Gen 1)
SR650 (Gen 1)
SR950 (Gen 1)
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5||N||N||N||N||Y||Y||N||Y|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
One year limited warranty. When installed in a Lenovo server, this adapter assumes the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.
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