Xgig® Protocol Analysis and Test Platform

Xgig® Protocol Analysis and Test Platform
Xgig® Protocol
Analysis and
Test Platform
Comprehensive Multi-Protocol Analyzing
and Testing for Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA,
and Ethernet (including FCoE, iSCSI, RoCE,
and iWARP)
Comprehensive Multi-Protocol Analyzing
and Testing for Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA,
and Ethernet
The Viavi Solutions Xgig Protocol Analysis and Test Platform:
yy Accelerates new product development reducing development costs
Xgig’s ease-of-use and flexibility accelerate product development and
testing. Users can access all protocols and analyzer functions through
an intuitive, unified GUI-based suite of applications—TraceControl,
PerfMon, TraceView, and Expert—running on a Windows management
PC connected through a GE LAN. The Xgig 5000 chassis also provides
USB interface access.
yy Improves product quality and reliability
Multi-User Feature
yy Helps to ensure product interoperability and performance
Xgig’s unique multi-user capability offers maximum flexibility and
yy Facilitates field installation and maintenance by debugging field issues
efficient use of equipment. Multiple users can control different port
The Xgig’s unified platform supports simultaneous analyzing and
pairs on one hardware blade to simultaneously conduct separate tests.
testing of multiple protocols based on the most comprehensive range
Meanwhile, up to 32 concurrent users can access locked ports to view
of industry analysis and test functions in a single chassis.
test status or data at any time.
Advanced Analysis
yy Up to 16 G Fibre Channel
Xgig Analyzer’s four test applications, TraceControl, TraceView, Expert,
yy Up to 12 G SAS/SATA
and PerfMon, offer extensive visibility into networks to resolve even
yy 1, 10, and 40 G Ethernet, including FCoE, iSCSI, RoCE, and iWARP
the most elusive errors and impairments. Xgig can record all traffic
(frames and order sets) or specific event by setting the smart trigger
condition in Trace-Control between any two end points. TraceView
yy Analysis
reveals the captured traces, the industry-standard trace-viewer format,
yy Error injection (jamming)
with various navigation tools for deep packet investigation. Expert’s
yy Fibre Channel and SAS/SATA traffic generation
unique automatic trace analysis accelerates debugging by displaying
yy Fibre Channel load testing
an issue summary of the network topology and reporting network
yy 10 G Ethernet delay emulation
yy Bit error rate testing
performance statistics. PerfMon monitors link performance in real time
with critical statistics to determine network health.
Xgig provides unmatched visibility into network interactions for
streamlined identification and resolution of even the most difficult
network, server, and storage issues. Advanced features, such as in-line
bidirectional cross-protocol Expert analysis, makes Xgig ideal for
solving today’s high-speed serial bus challenges.
The Viavi Xgig Platform
Xgig is a unified, integrated platform employing a unique chassis and
blade architecture for maximum scalability and flexibility. Various
blades support a wide range of protocols and test functions.
Users can place an Xgig directly in line on a link, connect it using the
Viavi TAP family, or cascade several Xgig chassis together for up to
64 time-synchronized analysis/test ports across multiple protocols
for traffic correlation across several devices and network domains.
Xgig is the only protocol analyzer supporting multiple protocols in a
multi-functionality environment, all in one chassis.
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Figure 1. Xgig Expert
Unique Multifunction Offering
Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT)
In addition to protocol analysis, the same hardware also provides
Xgig BERT provides the tools to confirm that networks meet
functions such as error jamming, generation, load testing, and
minimum data integrity standards. It also presents the results in
delay emulation for a complete test solution that saves on your
industry-accepted report formats to facilitate certification. Xgig
capital investment. The Maestro application suite manages the
BERT simplifies data integrity testing letting users inject data
multifunctional capabilities through a common interface, driving
patterns into the traffic stream that create worst-case data loading
multiple tests concurrently.
conditions to stress a network’s physical layer to its limits. It can also
Error Injection/Jamming
Used in conjunction with one or more Xgig Analyzers, Xgig Jammer
manipulates network traffic to simulate errors in real time so users
can verify the responsiveness and robustness of the error-recovery
processes. Errors can be precisely defined and timed to thoroughly
test networks and to automate most of the testing process.Traffic
significantly reduce manufacturing test times for hubs, host bus
adapters, FC RAIDs, and other active or passive devices by stressing all
of the components in the data path.
Xgig BERT is a protocol-aware tool that accounts for traffic
modifications made by devices in the transmission path.
For ultimate flexibility and control, users can access several GUI functions
Xgig Generator enables developers to comprehensively test FC
and configurations through the Application Program Interfaces (API) to
and SAS/SATA devices from a protocol perspective. Designed for
customize and automate tests via scripts. Scripts based on C/C++ or
maximum flexibility, Xgig Generator creates arbitrary traffic giving
TCL/TK let users design trigger and control combinations to accelerate
developers confidence that their networks and devices can handle
development by automating and man­aging regression testing for
traffic reliably under normal operating conditions.
debugging and manufacturing that would otherwise be time-consuming
FC/FCoE Load Testing
to configure and manage through the GUI.
Fibre Channel and FCoE switches and networks must withstand
Accessing Xgig
sustained bursts of traffic without losing data. Xgig Load Tester
Xgig can be managed and configured remotely through a GE LAN
loads Fibre Channel and FCoE links to capacity to verify that they
connection. Client software (Xgig and Maestro) and a web utility can
can adequately manage high-traffic loads, maintaining network
be used to access blade licenses and software version statuses, to
performance and reliability.
push firmware and system upgrades, and to reboot/shutdown the
10 GE Delay Emulator
When testing datacenter interconnect functionality and performance,
the 10 GE Delay Emulator can replace cumbersome fiber spools
for flexible delay simulation due to distance and logic multi-path
variation. Also, the Xgig Delay Emulator can simulate network
impairments, such as packet drops during congestion or frame
reordering from switch errors.
chassis. A terminal console is sometimes needed to manage system
configuration, such as naming a chassis and configuring an IP address
before a client can connect to the Xgig.
The Xgig 5000 LCD display offers more direct chassis configuration
capability with a touch screen that lets users:
yy view and modify the chassis system configuration, including chassis
name and static and dynamic IP addresses
yy view software version information and system logs
yy monitor system FPGA upgrade status
yy reboot or shutdown the chassis
yy run a set of diagnostics to verify network connectivity.
Xgig Package Options
Xgig Features
The Xgig Chassis in Figure 2 is available as a portable one-slot chassis
Unique Unified Multi-Protocol, Multifunctional, Multi-User Platform
for one blade, a two-slot chassis for two blades, and a four-slot chassis
for four blades. The two- and four-slot chassis are rack-mountable.
The chassis in Figure 3 is only available in a four-slot configuration.
Key Features
Console port for local configuration
Tap control via software (reserved for future use)
Cascade ports
TTL input/output for external triggering and control
10/100/1000 LAN connection for software control and configuration
System status LEDs: Ready, power, and temperature
Power on/off switch AC power connector (rear—not shown)
Xgig is recognized as the industry’s best storage network and device
development tool that can uniquely analyze across multiple protocols
at this level of functionality in one platform.
Xgig simultaneously supports Fibre Channel,
Ethernet and its upper protocols (FCoE, iSCSI, NFS,
IP, TCP, and others), and SAS/SATA
Xgig’s unique multi-user capability lets multiple
users independently control different port pairs
on the same hardware blade.
Up to32 users can concurrently access the same
ports to view test status and data.
Each blade supports extensive test functions,
such as analyzer, jammer, load tester, generator,
delay emulator, and BERT*.
(See blade tables for the detailed functional
support for each blade.)
Accelerated Debugging and Simplified Development
Xgig 4-slot chassis
Viavi leads the industry in FC, SAS/SATA, FCoE, and Ethernet
development tools and continues to invest in developing tools that
make their extensive expertise readily available to all of their customers.
Expert Analysis
Figure 2. Xgig chassis and blade options
Viavi uniquely provides Expert Analysis on
monitored links to automatically identify and
locate network impairments. Expert checks on
more than 1200 symptoms and applies more than
1800 metrics so developers can resolve issues
before they result in network shutdowns or
application slowdowns.
Unparalleled Ease-of-Use
The Xgig’s unified platform offers maximum functionality with
extreme ease-of-use making it easy for engineers to learn and use.
1 GE
USB 2.0
Type B
USB 3.0
Type A
Figure 3. Xgig 5000 chassis
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Intuitive GUI
Spend more time analyzing and less time
learning the software interface
API scripting tools automate analysis and
testing functions
Simplify trigger setup with pre-defined
protocol-specific templates
Customized Triggers
Template editor lets users create their own
protocol templates for triggering
Development Kit
Develop custom protocol decodes
Calculate Delta
Delta calculator determines time deltas
between any two events, timing properties
of user applications, and general performance
Complete Network Visibility and Access to Data
Xgig’s extensive capabilities and flexibility provide unmatched visibility into networks to simplify problem identification and resolution,
accelerate new product design, and speed time-to-market.
Largest Trace Capture Buffers
Captures up to 4 GB of traffic per port—up to 32 GB per blade giving developers enough trace data to
resolve even the most elusive problems
Performance Measurements
Graphically displays useful performance statistics for every active link
Hide Nonrelevant Data
Preset filter order hides traffic-control primitives to only display data so developers can focus on specific
frames or packets
Adjustable Payload Size
Reduces trace size to capture extra frame-header information by truncating payloads/frames
Drag-and-Drop Filters
Simplifies filter setup with pre-defined protocol templates
Exchange View
Summarizes trace by exchanges
Traffic Summary View
Provides top-level event information in the trace buffer within seconds
Protocol View
Lets users focus on a specific protocol layer
Customized Filters
Template editor lets users create user-defined protocol templates for advanced filtering
SCSI Expert View
Simplifies trace analysis by collapsing exchanges and associated behavioral information into a single event in
the Data Inspector pane
Protocol Tree View
Displays the tree structure of data when it is mapped to the current protocol
Histogram View
Lets users focus on small areas of a trace, change the appearance and scale of graphs, and show/hide traces
Provides a detailed view for each line of TraceView’s Summary View
Filter/Search/Hide Tool
Simplifies the display and lets users access specific events quicker than any tool available
Flexible Development Platform
With its blade architecture and configurable multifunctional capabilities, Xgig is the most flexible development platform for network tools
available today.
Multiple Probing Methods
Xgig supports two flexible probing modes: Digital retiming and analog pass-through.
Flexible Internal Trigger
Five trigger modes help users capture trace data intelligently:
1) Stop capture with the stop button — no trigger
2) Stop capture after trigger
3) Arm-on-arm condition, stops capture after trigger condition when armed
4) Arm then stop after trigger, rollback on reset condition
5) Stop when memory full
External Trigger Support
Xgig platform can trigger or be triggered by an external device through BNC TTL or SMA ports.
Trace File Support
Correlate traffic within devices using traces captured by Wireshark, Bus Doctor Analyzer, and I-Tech
PowerFrames and analyzed using TraceView and Expert.
Choice of Decode Engine
Choose between the Viavi-optimized Xgig proprietary decode engine or the Surveyor decode engine.
Leverage Test Equipment Investment
Test equipment is a significant investment for network companies, and Xgig’s unified platform helps them get the most capabilities and
performance for their money.
Scalable Configuration
Connect up to 4 chassis for unified triggering, capturing, and analysis for more comprehensive analysis and
visibility across even the most complex networks. Chassis each have one, two, or four slots, each supporting
two- or four-port blades for coordinated monitoring and time-synchronization of up to 4 chassis of mixed
protocol traffic.
Scalable Licensing
Add new tools on demand through software upgrades.
Chassis Hardware Specifications
Model Name
Height: 6.1 cm (2.4 in)
Width: 30.2 cm (11.9 in)
Depth: 34 cm (13.4 in)
Weight: 2.4 kg (5.3 lb) empty,
2.9 kg (6.4 lb) (one blade)
Height: 8.7 cm (3.4 in)
Width: 25.4 cm (10 in)
Depth: 38.6 cm (15.3 in)
Weight: 5.0 kg (11.0 lb)
empty, 6.0 kg (13.2 lb)
(two blades)
Height: 8.7 cm (3.4 in)
Width: 38.6 cm (15.2 in)
Depth: 32.3 cm (12.7 in)
Weight: 6.1 kg (13.5 lb)
empty, 8.2 kg (18.0 lb)
(four blades)
Height: 13.34 cm (5.25 in)
Width: 47.63 cm (18.75 in)
Depth: 55.25 cm (21.75 in)
Weight: 13 kg (30 lb) empty
24 kg (53 lb) loaded
Cascade Ports: RJ45 (2)
Console Port: DB9
Management Port: 10/100/1000 RJ45
Power: Male IEC 320 Receptacle
Trigger Out: TTL
Trigger In: TTL
Management port:
10/100/1000 dual RJ45
Connector: Trigger in/out
USB 2.0 A/B ports
USB 3.0 A port
eSATA port
Cascading ports: RJ45 (2)
Power: Male IEC320
Operational: 10 to +40°C (50 to +104°F)
Nonoperational: –40 to +70°C (–40 to +158°F)
Operational: Up to 90% humidity (non-condensing) at +40°C
Nonoperational: Up to 95% humidity at +65°C
Operational: Random vibration 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes per axis, 2.41g (rms)
Non-operational: Random vibration 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes per axis, 0.3 g (rms) resonant search, 5 to 500 Hz swept sine,
1 octave/min. sweep rate, 0.75 g, 5-minute resonant dwell at 4 resonances/axis
Electromagnetic Compliance
FCC Class A, CE Compatibility
Power Specifications Input Voltage Range
120/240 VAC, 2.0 A
120/240 VAC, 3.3 A
120/240 VAC, 5.5 A
100/240 VAC, 10 A
4.0 A 250 V
10.0 A 250 V
50/60 Hz
50/60 Hz
47/63 Hz
Fuse Protection
2.5 A 250 V
Input Frequency
50/60 Hz
Control Source
Microsoft Windows PC
Maximum Number of Time-Synchronized Chassis
Time Stamp Resolution
5 ns
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Blade Hardware Specifications
Blade Options
2-port SAS/SATA
narrow blade
2-port 10 GE
FC blades
8-port 10 GE/FC blade 12 G SAS wide-port
4-port 4 G FC blade 1.5, 3, and 6 G
4-port 8 G FC blade SAS/SATA wide-port
4-port 16 G FC blade
Length: 292 mm (11.5 in)
Width: 156 mm (6.125 in)
Weight: 0.5 kg (0.9 lb)
Length: 584 mm
(23 in)
Width: 312 mm
(12.25 in)
Weight: 1 kg (2.3 lb)
Length: 292 mm
(11.5 in)
Width: 571.5 mm
(22.5 in)
Weight: 2.26 kg
(5 lb)
Length: 406.9 mm
(16.02 in)
Width: 418.3 mm
(16.47 in)
Weight: 3.62 kg
(8 lb)
(Blue, Green,
Orange, Off)
Port left/right LED
(Green, Orange/
Yellow, White, Off)
LED indicators
(Green, Yellow, Off)
In Use
LED x (Application Specific)
LED y (Application Specific)
2 SFP(+) or XFP
Reference Clock
put: SMA
(10 G blade only)
Buffer Size
Blade Type
1 GB per port
2 GB blade
Xgig 10 GE/FC
2-port blade
2 mini-SAS
4 SFP connectors
2 wide-port/4x SAS
(3 G wide-blade)
2 wide-port/mini
SAS connectors
(6 G wide-blade)
8 port SFP+
Clock in/out
(2 for 16 G 4-port):
MCX connectors
2 port mini-SAS
HD connectors
Clock out: SMA
2 GB per port
8 GB per blade
2 GB per port
8 GB per blade
2 GB per port
16 GB per blade
2 GB per port
(8-port blade)
4 GB per port
(4-port blade)
16 GB per blade
4 GB per port
32 GB per
wide-port blade
Xgig 6 G SAS
narrow-port blade
Xgig 4 G FC/GE
4-port blade
Xgig 8 G FC 4-port
Xgig 6 G SAS
wide-port blade
Xgig5000 10 GE
8-port blade
Xgig5000 16 G FC
4-port blade
Xgig5000 12 G SAS
wide-port blade
1.5 G/3 G/6 G
1 G/2 G/4 G FC
and 1 GE
1 G/2 G/4 G/8 G FC
1.5 G/3 G/6 G
10 GE, 10 G FC
4 G/8 G/16 G FC
3 G/6 G/12 G SAS
Protocol Supported
10 GE, 10 G FC
Function Supported
10 GE - Analyzer,
Analyzer, jammer,
jammer, load tester, generator
and delay emulator
10 G FC - Analyzer
1 G/2 G/4 G/8 G FC - Analyzer, jammer,
Analyzer, jammer,
load tester, BERT
1 GE - Analyzer,
jammer, BERT
10 GE - Analyzer
Analyzer, jammer,
and load tester
10 G FC - Analyzer
4 G/8 G/16 G
FC - Analyzer,
jammer, load tester,
User-defined custom protocol decodes
Operating Systems
Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003 operating systems
Small Configuration (sync group of up to 16 ports)
Pentium III 800 MHz; 512 MB RAM min; 1 GB preferred, 40 GB min disk space, 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Large Configuration (sync group of over 16 ports)
Pentium 4 with 2 GHz or faster processor; 1 GB RAM min; 80 GB disk space; 1000 Mbps Ethernet
Contact Us
+1 844 GO VIAVI
(+1 844 468 4284)
To reach the Viavi office nearest you,
visit viavisolutions.com/contacts.
© 2015 Viavi Solutions, Inc.
Product specifications and descriptions in this
document are subject to change without notice.
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