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QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
IBM Redbooks Product Guide
The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter offers robust 8Gb
Fibre Channel storage connectivity and 10Gb networking over a single Converged Enhanced Ethernet
(CEE) link. Because this adapter combines the functions of a Network Interface Card and a Host Bus
Adapter on a single converged adapter, clients can realize potential benefits in cost, power and cooling,
and data center footprint by deploying less hardware.
Figure 1 shows the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh).
Figure 1. The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)
Did you know?
These Converged Network Adapters are backward compatible with many 4Gb storage targets and work
with most existing LAN and SAN infrastructures, providing an investment protection when consolidating
data centers. You can use this adapter with the 10Gb Pass-Thru Module and connect to a converged
top-of-rack switch such as the Brocade 8000 or Nexus 5000. With this setup, you can reduce hardware,
as well as power and cooling costs, while boosting performance by operating at 10Gb bandwidth.
The adapter connects to the midplane directly, without having to use cables or SFP modules. By
eliminating these components for up to 14 servers, the resulting savings alone cover the BladeCenter
chassis investment.
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Part number information
Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
Description
Part number
Feature code
(x-config / e-config)
QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
00Y3280
A3JB / 8275
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)*
42C1830*
3592 / 8275*
* Part number 42C1830 was withdrawn in November 2012, and was rereleased as the new part number, 00Y3280.
These part numbers include the following items:
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One QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)
Documentation CD
Important Notices document
Features
The expansion card has the following features:
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Combo Form Factor (CFFh) PCI Express 2.0 x8 adapter
Communication module: QLogic ISP8112
Support for up to two CEE HSSMs in a BladeCenter H or HT chassis
Support for 10Gb Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
Support for Fiber Channel over Converged Enhanced Ethernet (FCoCEE)
Full hardware offload for FCoCEE protocol processing
Support for IPv4 and IPv6
Support for SAN boot over CEE, PXE boot, and iSCSI boot
Support for Wake on LAN
Support for Jumbo Frames
Support for BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager for BIOS, UEFI, and FCode
Stateless offload features include:
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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
IEEE standards compliance:
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802.1Qbb rev. 0 (Priority-based flow control)
802.1Qaz rev. 0 (Enhanced transmission selection)
802.1Qaz rev. 0 (DCBX protocol)
802.3ae (10Gb Ethernet)
802.1q (VLAN)
802.3ad (Link Aggregation)
802.1p (Priority Encoding)
802.3x (Flow Control)
802.3ap (KX/KX4)
IEEE 1149.1 (JTAG)
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IPv4 Specification (RFC 791)
IPv6 Specification (RFC 2460)
TCP/UDP Specification (RFC 793/768)
ARP Specification (RFC 826)
Operating environment
The expansion card has the following physical specifications:
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Temperature:
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0 to 55 °C (32 to 113 °F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft.) operating
-43 to 73 °C (-40 to 163 °F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3000 ft.) storage
Relative humidity: 5% to 93% (non-condensing)
Supported servers and I/O modules
The QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) is supported in the IBM BladeCenter
servers that are listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Supported servers
Part
number
Product description
00Y3280
QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
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Y
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Figure 2 shows where the CFFh card is installed in a BladeCenter server.
Figure 2. Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFh card is installed
IBM BladeCenter chassis support is based on the blade server type in which the expansion card is
installed. Consult ServerProven to see in which chassis each blade server type is supported:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.
Table 3 lists the I/O modules that can be used to connect to the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network
Adapter (CFFh).
Table 3. I/O modules supported with the QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)
I/O module
Part
number
IBM Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
46C7191
N
N
Y
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Y
N
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10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module
46M6181
N
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Y
N
Y
N
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Cisco Nexus 4001I Switch Module
46M6071
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
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Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module
69Y1909
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
BNT 6-port 10 Gb High Speed Switch*
39Y9267
N
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N
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N
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N
* Withdrawn from marketing
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Supported I/O modules are supported in BladeCenter H and BladeCenter HT chassis only.
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 is similar in that the CFFh cards are also routed through the
midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Figure 3. IBM BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards
Two I/O module must be installed in the chassis for each Ethernet port that you wish to use on the
expansion card. Table 4 lists the specific I/O bays in the chassis.
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
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network
Adapter (CFFh)
Supported I/O
module
Not used
Supported I/O
module
Not used
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Popular configurations
Figure 4 shows the use of 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules to route two Ethernet ports from QLogic
2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) installed into each server. Two 10Gb Ethernet
Pass-Thru Modules are installed in bay 7 and bay 9 of the BladeCenter H chassis. All connections
between the controller, card, and the switch modules are internal to the chassis. No internal cabling is
needed. External (top of rack,TOR) switches that support FCoCEE and cabling are required for the
pass-thru module to operate.
Figure 4. A converged 20Gb solution using two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules
The components used in this configuration are listed in Table 5.
Table 5. Components used when connecting QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) to
two 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Modules
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server
1 to 14
00Y3280
QLogic 2-port 10Gb CNA (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
1 per
server
8852 or 8740/8750
BladeCenter H or BladeCenter HT
1
46M6181
10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module
2
44W4408
IBM 10GBase-SR SFP+ Transceiver
Up to 28*
*The 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module has 14 external 10Gb ports. You must have one transceiver for
each 10Gb port in an I/O module.
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Operating system support
The expansion card supports the following operating systems on the HS and LS blades:
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Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
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 2008 R2
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 Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
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
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
VMware ESX 4.0
VMware ESX 4.1
VMware ESXi 4.0
VMware ESXi 4.1
VMware vSphere 5
VMware vSphere 5.1
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: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Select the blade
server and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems.
The expansion card supports the following operating systems on the Power Systems blades:
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IBM AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.3
IBM AIX Version 6.1
IBM Virtual I/O Server
IBM i 6.1
IBM i 7.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for IBM POWER
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for IBM POWER
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for IBM POWER
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Related publications
For more information refer to these documents:
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U.S. Product Announcement - RoHS options reintroduced (October 16, 2012)
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS112-177
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U.S. Product Announcement (May 26, 2009)
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-331
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QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter 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
http://driverdownloads.qlogic.com/QLogicDriverDownloads_UI/Product_detail_new.aspx?oemid=395
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IBM US Announcement Letter
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-331
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IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5073016
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IBM Redbooks publication IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology, SG24-7523
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247523.html
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