Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for BladeCenterProduct Guide (withdrawn product)

Updated
15 Aug 2012
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TIPS0764
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Abstract

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for BladeCenter is a dual-port 10 Gb Ethernet card that is powered by an Intel Ethernet 82599 third generation 10 Gb Ethernet Controller. This card offers full line-rate 10 Gbps performance for high-IO intensive clients, and showcases the next generation in 10 GbE networking features for the enterprise network and data center.

Note: This adapter is withdrawn from marketing.

Introduction

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for BladeCenter is a dual-port 10 Gb Ethernet card that is powered by an Intel Ethernet 82599 third generation 10 Gb Ethernet Controller. This card offers full line-rate 10 Gbps performance for high-IO intensive clients, and showcases the next generation in 10 GbE networking features for the enterprise network and data center.

Data Center and Large Enterprise customers demand reliable performance from their networking equipment to ensure quick and easy deployment and provisioning of new systems, provide uninterrupted application services across their network to their users, and require maximum network performance for those applications. In addition, this adapter supports the latest virtualization technology, Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (Intel VT for Connectivity).

Figure 1 shows the Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh).

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
Figure 1. The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)

Did you know?

Intel VT for Connectivity is a suite of hardware assists that improves overall system performance by lowering the I/O impact in a virtualized environment. This improves CPU usage, reduces system latency, and improves I/O throughput. Intel VT for Connectivity includes two major components: Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and Intel I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel I/OAT).
 

Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code

Description Part number Feature code
Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for BladeCenter 42C1810* 3593

* Withdrawn from marketing

These part numbers include the following items:

  • One Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
  • Documentation package

Features

The expansion card has the following features:

  • CFFh form-factor
  • PCI Express x8 Gen 2 host interface
  • Intel 82599 ASIC
  • Two full-duplex 10 Gb Ethernet ports that operate in standard physical NIC (pNIC) mode
  • Connectivity to high-speed I/O module bays in BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis
  • Wake on LAN support
  • Serial over LAN/cKVM support
  • PXE boot support
  • VLAN tagging support
  • Jumbo frames support
  • Failover support
  • BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager support
  • iSCSI support with native operating system initiators

Performance features:

  • I/O advanced technology (I/OAT) acceleration
  • Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq)
  • TCP/IP checksum offload
  • TCP/IP segmentation offload

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 different features include Intel® QuickData, Direct Cache Access (DCA), MSI-X, Low-Latency Interrupts, Receive Side Scaling (RSS), and others.

Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) reduces I/O impact on the hypervisor in a virtualized server by performing data sorting and coalescing in the network silicon. VMDq technology makes use of multiple queues in the network controller. With VMDq, as data packets enter the network adapter, they are sorted, and packets to the same destination (or virtual machine) are grouped together 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 CPU usage and throughput levels.

The expansion card has iSCSI support for proven native OS and VMM iSCSI initiators. Historically, CRC32C computation has degraded system performance, but now with the CRC instruction set included in the latest Intel Xeon processors, CRC validation is possible with minimal impact to network throughput while delivering data integrity.

Operating environment

This card is supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature: 0° C to 55° C (32° F to 131° F)
  • Operating power: Approximately 10 watts
  • Dimensions: Approximately 15.9 cm x 12.5 cm (6.26 in. x 4.92 in.)

Supported servers

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) is supported in the BladeCenter servers listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Supported servers

    HS12 HS22 HS22V HS23 HS23E HX5 JS12 JS21 JS22 JS23/JS43
Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) 42C1810 N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N

Figure 2 shows where the CFFh card is installed in a BladeCenter server.

Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFh card is installed
Figure 2. Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFh card is installed

Supported BladeCenter chassis and I/O modules

BladeCenter chassis support is based on the blade server type in which the expansion card is installed. Consult IBM ServerProven to see which chassis each blade server type is supported at the following address:

http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Table 3 lists the supported chassis and I/O module combinations that the Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) supports.

Table 3. I/O modules supported with the Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)

    BladeCenter S BladeCenter E BladeCenter H BladeCenter T BladeCenter HT MSIM MSIM-HT
BNT Virtual Fabric 10 Gb Switch Module 46C7191 N N Y N Y N N
BNT 6-port 10 Gb High Speed Switch Module 39Y9267 N N N N N N N
10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module 46M6181 N N N N N N N
Cisco Nexus 4001I Switch Module 46M6071 N N Y N Y N N

In BladeCenter H, the ports of CFFh cards are routed through the midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10, as shown in Figure 3. The BladeCenter HT works in a similar way because the CFFh cards are also routed through the midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10.

BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards
Figure 3. BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) requires that two I/O modules be installed in bays 7 and 9 of the BladeCenter H or HT chassis, as shown in Table 4.

Table 4. Locations of I/O modules required to connect to the expansion card

Expansion card I/O bay 7 I/O bay 8 I/O bay 9 I/O bay 10
Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) Supported I/O module Not used Supported I/O module Not used

Operating system support

The Intel 2-port 10 Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Real Time 10 AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Real Time 11 AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.0 Realtime (x64)
  • VMware ESX 3.5
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 3.5

Support for operating systems is based on the combination of the expansion card and the blade server in which it is installed. See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported by going to the following address:

http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

Select the blade server and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems.

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