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QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x and IBM Power
Systems
IBM System x at-a-glance guide
The QLogic 10Gb CNA is a PCI Express 2.0 x4 10Gb Converged Network Adapter and is available for
both IBM System x and IBM Power Systems servers. For IBM Power Systems, the adapter is known as
the 10 Gb FCoE PCIe Dual Port Adapter (Feature 5708). The adapter connects to SFP+ Multimode Fiber
SR optical modules. The System x version also supports SFP+ Active Copper cables, depending on the
Ethernet switch used.
This adapter supports 10 Gbps per port maximum bidirectional throughput for high-bandwidth storage
(SAN) and networking (LAN) traffic, with full hardware offload for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
protocol processing. The QLogic 10Gb CNA is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. QLogic 10Gb CNA
Did You Know?
Convergence of SAN and LAN traffic on a single adapter and wire helps lower the total cost of ownership
by reducing the reduced hardware, power, cooling, management, and maintenance costs. It offers
investment protection by providing seamless compatibility with existing Fibre Channel (FC) Storage,
ethernet networks, driver software, and management applications.
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Part number information
Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
Description
Option part
number
Feature code
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x
42C1800
5751
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems (Feature 5708, 10 Gb FCoE PCIe
Dual Port Adapter)
Not applicable
5708
QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver*
49Y4218
0064
* This transceiver is standard with the Power Systems feature 5708
Part number 42C1800 includes the following items:
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One QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x
2U bracket
Support CD
Safety flyer
Transceiver part number 49Y4218 includes the following items:
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One QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver
Support CD
Safety flyer
Note: The transceiver is not included with part number 42C1800 or System x feature 5751, however it is
included with Power Systems feature 5708.
Features
The QLogic 10Gb CNA has the following features:
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PCI Express 2.0 compliance
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Operates at PCI Express 2.0 x4 or PCI Express 1.1 x8
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Transceiver support:
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System x option: Two SFP+ cages for either SFP+ Fiber SR or SFP+ Active Copper
Power Systems feature: Two QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceivers standard
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Standard PCI Express half length card with low profile form factor
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Support for both standard PCI-E slot and low profile PCI-E slot (System x option only)
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Support for 10Gb Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
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Support for Fibre Channel over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (FCoCEE)
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Full hardware offload for FC protocol processing
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Support for IPv4 and IPv6
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Support for SAN boot over CEE and iSCSI boot
Note: There is no support for PXE boot.
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The QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver has the following features:
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Laser Class 1 compliance
Support for the SFP+ cages on the 42C1800 adapter
Standard SFP+ form factor for multimode Fiber SR
Ethernet specifications
The QLogic 10Gb CNA has the following Ethernet specifications:
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Throughput: 10 Gbps full duplex line rate per port
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Topology: Any 10Gb Ethernet Network
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Ethernet Frame: 1500 byte or 9000 byte (Jumbo Frame)
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Stateless offload features:
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Enhanced Ethernet features:
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IP, TCP, and UDP checksum offloads
Large and Giant Send Offload (LSO, GSO)
Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
Header-data split
Interrupt coalescing
NetQueue
Priority-based flow control (802.1Qbb rev. 0)
Enhanced transmission selection (802.1Qaz rev. 0)
DCBX protocol (802.1Qaz rev. 0)
Compliance
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IEEE: 802.3ae (10Gb Ethernet)
802.1q (VLAN)
802.3ad (Link Aggregation)
802.1p (Priority Encoding)
802.3x (Flow Control)
802.3ap (KX/KX4)
802.3ak (CX4)
IEEE 1149.1 (JTAG)
IPv4 Specification (RFC 791)
IPv6 Specification (RFC 2460)
TCP/UDP Specification (RFC 793/768)
ARP Specification (RFC 826)
FCoE specifications
The QLogic 10Gb CNA has the following FCoE specifications:
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Performance: 250,000 IOPS per port
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Logins: Support for 2048 concurrent logins and 2048 active exchanges
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Class of service: Class 3
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Protocols: FCP (SCSI-FCP), FC-TAPE (FCP-2)
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Compliance:
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SCSI-3 Fibre Channel Protocol (SCSI-FCP)
Fibre Channel Tape (FC-TAPE) profile
SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol-2 (FCP-2)
Second Generation FC Generic Services (FC-GS-2)
Third Generation FC Generic Services (FC-GS-3)
Operating environment
The adapter is supported in this environment:
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Temperature:
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Operating: 0° to 55°C (32° to 113°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft)
Storage: -43° to 73°C (-40° to 163°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft)
Relative humidity: 5% to 93% (non-condensing)
Supported servers
The QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x is supported in the IBM System x servers listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 1)
Adapter
Part
number
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x
42C1800
N
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
Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 2)
Adapter
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM
System x
Part
number
42C1800
Y
See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the System x servers that support this adapter:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/
The QLogic CNA is supported in the IBM Power Systems servers listed in Table 3.
Table 3. Supported Power Systems servers
Adapter
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems
(10 Gb FCoE PCIe Dual Port Adapter)
Feature
code
5708
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x and IBM Power Systems
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
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Supported connectivity
The QLogic 10Gb CNA supports the QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver listed in Table 1. The
transceivers are standard on the QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems, feature code 5708.
Active copper cables (also known as Twinax Active cables, or Direct-attach copper or DAC cables) are
also supported on the adapter for System x servers, but that support also depends on the switch that the
cable also connects to. Table 4 lists the supported cables where the combination of the QLogic 10Gb
CNA for System x and the specific switch has been tested.
Note: Direct-attach copper cables are not supported by the QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems,
feature code 5708.
Table 4. Supported Active copper cables
Twin-ax Active 1 m
45W2398 (1-pack)
45W2401 (8-pack)
Twin-ax Active 3 m
45W2408 (1-pack)
45W2409 (8-pack)
Twin-ax Active 5 m
45W3039 (1-pack)
45W3042 (8-pack)
IBM Converged Switch B32
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cisco Nexus 5010
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cisco Nexus 5020
Yes
Yes
Yes
Brocade 8000
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Popular configurations
This section illustrates how the QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x can be used in configurations.
Figure 2 shows QLogic 10Gb CNA installed in a supported x3650 M2 server. The server is connected to
the IBM System Storage DS4700 via two IBM Converged Switch B32 switches.
Figure 2. x3650 M2 server with the QLogic 10Gb CNA connected the IBM System Storage DS4700
The parts used are listed in Table 4.
Table 4. Components used when connecting QLogic 10Gb CNA to external disk storage (Figure 2)
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
x3650 M2 or other supported server (See Table 2)
2
42C1800
QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x
2
49Y4218
QLogic 10Gb SFP+ SR Optical Transceiver
4
3758-B32
IBM Converged Switch B32
2
1814-70A or
1814-70H
IBM System Storage DS4700 (Model 70 or Model 72)
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This configuration also requires cabling between the servers and the IBM Converged Switches B32 and
between the IBM Converged Switches B32 and storage system. (The cable part numbers are not listed in
Table 4.)
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Supported operating systems
The QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x supports the following operating systems:
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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 Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen 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
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
See IBM ServerProven at http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/ for the latest
information about the specific versions and service packs supported.
The QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems (feature 5708) supports the following operating systems:
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AIX 5.3 with the 5300-11 Technology Level, or later
AIX 6.1 with the 6100-04 Technology Level, or later
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 or later
VIOS 2.1.2.0 (also for IBM i support)
Note: IBM i support is limited to Ethernet traffic only
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Related publications
For more information refer to these documents:
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10Gb CNAs for IBM System x product page
http://ibm.com/systems/storage/product/systemx/cna
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QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x Installation and User's Guide (You will need to download the
“publication release” EXE file and run it to unpack the PDF)
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5081072
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Software and firmware for the adapter (QLE8142)
http://driverdownloads.qlogic.com/QLogicDriverDownloads_UI/Product_detail_new.aspx?oemid=395
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IBM US Announcement Letter for the QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-333
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IBM US Announcement Letter for the QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM Power Systems
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-571
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IBM System x Configuration and Options Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1SCOD-3ZVQ5W
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IBM Redbooks paper, IBM Converged Switch B32, REDP-4588
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp4588.html?Open
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