The Industry leading Cisco® High Performance Subnet Manager is a standalone software package that delivers the control and performance required to support the largest and demanding multi-vendor InfiniBand networks.
The Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager is designed to scale to meet the demands of the largest InfiniBand fabrics, where rapid cluster startup and real-time diagnostic capabilities are critical. The Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager provides real-time high availability by synchronizing fabric databases between active and standby nodes that, unlike other subnet managers designed for smaller clusters, can fail over without bringing down the fabric or disrupting service. This becomes even more critical in large clusters where mean time between failure (MTBF) must be minimal, and in enterprise-class InfiniBand fabrics where downtime is never an option.
The Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager provides a powerful foundation for delivering real-time information about the fabric to system-wide management tools, such as CiscoWorks LAN Management System (LMS) that integrates InfiniBand and Ethernet switch configuration management and diagnostics for large networks, which is essential for optimizing uptime and overall performance. The Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager delivers advanced proactive diagnostic capabilities, including topology verification and real-time event response for taking immediate corrective action when errors are discovered.
Table 1 lists the key features of the Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager.
Table 1. Key Features
Heterogeneous support for mixed InfiniBand fabric
Tested support in multi-vendor environments using heterogeneous host channel adapters (HCAs), switches, and OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution protocols.
Integrated performance management
Integrated performance management, including user-defined thresholds for generating traps and log messages; this is fully distributed across agent processes, reducing the load on both the InfiniBand network and the subnet manager required for monitoring links for error and utilization thresholds.
Enterprise-class high availability
Database-synchronization capability to provide synchronized runtime state to standby subnet manager. Subnet manager failures do not cause fabric outages or service failure.
Fabric and route validation
Validation of paths between endpoints, by fully qualifying and testing routes.
Rich system and fabric management
Ability to display numerous InfiniBand network attributes, including nodes, ports, forwarding tables, partitions, services, multicast groups, and trap registrations.
Mixed link-capacity support
Support for all variable link capacities included in the InfiniBand 1.2 specification, including 1X, 4X, 8X, and 12X; and single data rate (SDR), double data rate (DDR), and quadruple data rate (QDR).
Smart routing algorithms including knowledge of link capacities, maximizing the capacity and minimizing latency by reducing the number of changes between any two endpoints in the network.
The Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager is generally available now. Table 2 lists ordering and license information.
Table 2. Ordering Information for Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager
Product Name and Description
Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager-Up to 1152 Nodes
• License for up to 1152 managed nodes
Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager-Up to 1728 Nodes
• License for up to 1728 managed nodes
Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager-Up to 4608 Nodes
• License for up to 4608 managed nodes
Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager-Up to 6912 Nodes
• License for up to 6912 managed nodes
Cisco High Performance Subnet Manager-Site License