The Cisco® SFS 7000 Series InfiniBand server switches provide a new class of data center infrastructure that interconnects discreet server resources into a high-performance, 10-Gbps, low-latency fabric. The switches include many mainframe backplane technologies such as server processing and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for transmitting large amounts of data with little CPU overhead. The new Cisco SFS 7012P and 7024P InfiniBand server switches provide some of the industry's highest-density fabrics for interconnecting servers into effective, high-performance clusters and grids, creating the kind of collective performance enabled by the ever-lowering cost and increasing performance of compute power.
The Cisco SFS 7012P and 7024P InfiniBand server switches are designed for very large and dense high-performance computing environments. The Cisco SFS 7012P provides full, bisectional bandwidth across 144 10-Gbps Infiniband ports in a 7 rack-unit (7-RU) chassis. The Cisco SFS 7024P provides full bisectional bandwidth across 288 10-Gbps or up to 96 30-Gbps ports in a 14-rack-unit (14-RU) chassis. Both of these systems are optimized for dense cluster computing environments of 256 nodes and more. These systems can provide non-blocking, low-latency compute environments in a cost-effective manner. When used in conjunction with the Cisco SFS 3000 Series multifabric server switches, the entire Cisco SFS 7000 Series can consolidate I/O and link to the local-area and storage-area networks.
The Cisco SFS 7012P and 7024P offer the following customer benefits:
• Comprehensive performance and fabric diagnostics tools in a fully managed switch
• High-performance, industry standards-based InfiniBand interconnect technology
• Ideal interconnect for high-performance computing, science, and enterprise applications
• Integration with other Cisco SFS 7000 Series InfiniBand server switches and Cisco SFS 3000 Series multifabric server switches for a wide range of IP Communications, storage, and WAN and LAN connectivity options
Table 1 lists the primary features of the Cisco SFS 7012P and 7024P.
Table 1. Key Features
High-Performance Server Fabric
144 and 288 ports of 20-Gbps, full-duplex, ultra low-latency server fabric interconnect
Full bisectional bandwidth for all ports, providing 2.8 Tbps (Cisco SFS 7012P) and 5.4 Tbps (Cisco SFS 7024P) of bandwidth
Remote Direct Memory Access
Move data directly from one server's memory to another, bypassing the CPU(s) and kernel
Fully redundant power and cooling, with hot-swappable, field-replaceable units (FRU)
Rich System and Fabric Management
Command-line interface (CLI), Web, and Java-based systems and server fabric management options
The Cisco SFS 7012P and 7024P are generally available now. Table 2 lists the ordering information.
Table 2. Ordering Information
Cisco SFS 7012P InfiniBand Server Switch, 144-port chassis
Cisco SFS 7012P InfiniBand Server Switch, 144-port upgradeable chassis, ships with 108 ports, 67% blocking fabric
Cisco SFS 7024P InfiniBand Server Switch, 288-port chassis
Cisco SFS 7024P InfiniBand Server Switch, 288-port upgradeable chassis, ships with 156 ports, 67% blocking fabric
Cisco SFS 7012P/7024P InfiniBand 4X 12-Port Line Card