Topspin Server Switch Models 120 and 270 help build high-performance computing clusters

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 105-411
October 4, 2005

 

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TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Publications TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

The Topspin 120 is a cost-effective, 1U, stackable 4X Server Switch for building high-performance clusters using selected IBM servers. It is designed to deliver:

  • Flexible high-performance backbone for the utility datacenter
  • Value based on a single chip design
  • Easy management using a subnet manager
  • Enterprise-class price
  • Complete end-to end solutions

The Topspin 270 Server Switch is designed to deploy clusters in mission-critical environments. It delivers:

  • Outstanding reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features
  • Rapid Service Architecture
  • Intelligence
  • Embedded high-performance subnet manager

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
 
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Overview

InfiniBand high-bandwidth fabric permits high-speed, low-latency interconnection between cluster servers to enable fast performance. This industry-standard fabric creates clusters that address many of the high-performance computing (HPC) requirements such as those found in scientific, technical, and financial applications. InfiniBand solutions can also deliver the scalability and high availability required by distributed database processing.

Selected IBM POWER4™ and POWER5™ servers with the InfiniBand solution can transform your datacenter into an on demand computing environment. On demand computing helps reduce infrastructure complexity, simplifies management, boosts availability, and increases resource utilization.

The Topspin 120 and 270 Server Switch are a programmable switching platform that consists of a switched multiterabit interconnect and an intelligent control architecture. The high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnection is extremely adaptable. The switches enable an outstanding level of application scaling, rapid deployment, and resource consolidation.

The Topspin Server Switch is designed to deliver real and compelling benefits to help:

  • Reduce total cost of ownership
  • Rapidly deploy and scale resources on demand to match business and application requirements
  • Better utilize existing infrastructure investments
  • Improve application performance and availability
  • Eliminate overprovisioning and waste

 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
 
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Planned availability date

October 14, 2005
 
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Description

Topspin 120 Server

The Topspin 120 Server Switch is an ideal combination of price, performance, and packaging for building high-performance computing clusters. Fully nonblocking with embedded subnet management, it offers 24 ports of 10 Gbps connectivity in a single, compact 1U chassis.

Cluster scalability: With 24 InfiniBand ports and the ability to easily cascade multiple switches, IT managers can deploy optimally sized clusters today and help protect their initial investments with the flexibility to upgrade over time.

Value: Based on a single chip design, the Topspin 120 offers nonblocking performance at an excellent price per port. Unique to this intelligent switch, all system and subnet management is embedded. With embedded management and high availability features, management and maintenance of the Topspin 120 are a breeze.

Easy management: Using the embedded subnet manager, you can deploy the Topspin 120 out of the box in minutes. And with topology transparency, no changes are necessary to existing SAN and IP management tools. Configuration and maintenance are simplified with a full-featured GUI and command-line interface (CLI) via serial console, Telnet, or SSH, enabling remote monitoring, upgrades, and troubleshooting. You can manage the Topspin 120 using the Topspin management suite or with existing management systems using standard protocols like SNMP.

High availability features: The Topspin 120 offers enterprise-class reliability features at an economy-class price. The system supports hot-swappable redundant power supplies and cooling. In addition, the system supports subnet manager failover for large clusters. You can deploy the Topspin 120 in pairs to help prevent single points of failure at the system level.

Complete end-to-end solution: The Topspin 120 complete switched computing solution includes:

  • 10 Gbps InfiniBand host channel adapters with complete upper layer protocols suite (IPoIB, MPI, SDP, SRP, uDAPL, and VIPL)
  • Embedded subnet manager

The Topspin 120 shares common software with the other Topspin server switches, offering a clear growth path.

Benefits

  • Server connectivity at 10 Gbps
  • Excellent price/performance for high-performance computing clusters

Features

  • High-performance, switched 10 Gbps
  • Interconnected 24 nonblocking 4X InfiniBand ports
  • 1U stackable architecture
  • Intelligent switch with embedded subnet management

System architecture

  • Twenty-four nonblocking 4X InfiniBand copper ports
  • One RS-232 serial port, one Ethernet management port
  • Performance 4X InfiniBand ports: 10 Gbps line speed, full duplex

Topspin 270 Server Switch

The Topspin 270 provides an InfiniBand switch designed to maximize reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS). With fully redundant, hot-pluggable components and hitless failover, the Topspin 270 provides a director-class, 96-port switch for building scalable, highly available clusters.

Rapid service architecture: The Topspin 270 is designed to eliminate downtime. In large clusters, a key to minimizing downtime is the ability to rapidly service hardware and software upgrades. With fully redundant power, cooling and control processors, every system FRU (field replaceable unit) is hot-swappable and supports auto-failover. In the Topspin 270 Rapid Service Architecture, a passive mid-plane design isolates all active electronics on the front of the chassis, with all cables connected to the back. This enables switch modules to be replaced without detaching a single cable, a powerful concept when all ports are cabled and a board needs to be quickly replaced, improving mean time to repair. Also, multiple system image versions automate rolling upgrades and rollback further enhanced with the ability to auto-upgrade field replaceable units (FRUs) and components when inserted.

Intelligence: The Topspin 270 is designed to be an intelligent fabric, providing comprehensive chassis management and system-level management. The Topspin 270 auto-detects, isolates and auto-recovers failures at the component level. Each FRU actively reports health checks, including detection of potential problems such as rising temperature and error rates. A full suite of diagnostic health checks assesses all component health, proactively notifying the administrator.

The Topspin 270 also includes Topspin's embedded high performance subnet manager (HPSM). The subnet manager database is intelligently synchronized across multiple controllers, enabling stateful failover if a switch fails without losing transactions. The Topspin 270 quickly identifies and isolates trouble areas, or "hot spots." This is complemented with full performance monitoring, including graphing bandwidth utilization and error rates in real time.

Benefits

  • Up to 96 4x InfiniBand ports in a single 6U enclosure
  • Rapid Service Architecture enabling FRU replacements without uncabling
  • High availability features and stateful failover to eliminate service disruptions
  • Comprehensive performance and diagnostics tools in a fully managed switch

Features

  • Redundant and hot-pluggable FRUs enabling no single point of failure
  • Redundant, synchronized embedded subnet managers
  • Auto-detection of and auto-recovery from system errors
  • Rolling system upgrades designed to minimize fabric disruptions

Systems architecture

  • Up to 96 nonblocking 4X InfiniBand ports
  • One RS-232 serial port, one Ethernet management port per management module performance
  • All ports nonblocking, wire-speed 1.92 Tbps aggregate bandwidth (96 ports x 10 Gbps x 2 directions)
  • Chassis 6U 19-in rack mountable chassis
  • Passive mid-plane
  • All modules hot-swappable
  • Operational status LEDs
  • Port status LEDs
  • Management module — two per system
  • 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 console ports
  • System status LEDs
  • Power supply — two per system
  • Fan module — two per system

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 105-411

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Publications

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Services

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IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an On Demand Business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

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Technical information

Physical specifications

Topspin 120

  • Width: Standard 19-inch rack-mountable
  • Height: 1U (1.75 inch) 22-inch depth
  • Depth: 22-inch depth
  • Weight: Weight <30 lb
  • Air flow: Front-to-rear

Topspin 270

  • Width: Rack-mountable in a standard 19-inch EIA rack
  • Depth: 24-inch depth
  • Height: 6U
  • Weight: 60-110 lb
  • Air flow: Front-to-rear

To help ensure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry standard racks, review the installation planning information for any product-specific installation requirements.

Operating environment

Topspin 120

  • Temperature, operating: 0°C to 40°C
  • Storage: -25°C to 65°C
  • Altitude, operating: 10,000 feet
  • Storage: 35,000 feet
  • Humidity, operating: 20 percent to 80 percent non-condensing
  • Storage: 5 percent to 95 percent non-condensing
  • Shock, operating: 5G, 11ms half-sine wave
  • Storage: 10G, 11ms half-sine wave
  • Vibration, operating: 0.25 G, 5 to 300 Hz 15 min
  • Storage: 0.5G 5-300 Hz 15 min.
  • Power 90 to 264 V ac auto-ranging, 47 to 63 Hz
  • Power dissipation: 100 W

Topspin 270

  • Temperature, operating: 0°C to 42°C
  • Storage: -40°C to 70°C
  • Altitude, operating: 10,000 feet
  • Storage: 40,000 feet
  • Humidity, operating: 8 percent to 80 percent non-condensing
  • Storage: 5 percent to 90 percent non-condensing
  • Shock, operating: 5G, 11ms half-sine wave
  • Storage: 10G, 11ms half-sine wave
  • Vibration, operating: 025G, 5 to 300 Hz 15 min.
  • Storage: 0.5G 5 to 300 Hz 15 min.
  • Power 90 to 264V ac auto-ranging, 47 to 63 Hz
  • Power dissipation: <600 W

Hardware requirements

A supported server within the IB Switched Cluster Scaling statement.

Software requirements

Hardware Management Console (HMC) code level with IBM Network Manager included.

Limitations: If the 7048-120 or 7048-270 is to be installed in an IBM 19-in rack (7014-T00 or 7014-T42), you must order two power cables (#6095) on the 7014-T00 or 7014-T42.

When either the 7048-120 or the 7048-270 is ordered, you must order the mounting hardware kit (#6860) on the 7014-T00 or 7014-T42. If you do not have a 7014-T00 or 7014-T42 rack, you must provide your own mounting hardware (nuts, clips, and screws.)

Scaling support statements are documented in the publication IBM eServer® Cluster 1600 Facts and Features at

For the United Kingdom, the 7048-120 or 7048-270 is only supported in the 7014-T00 or 7014-T42.

Planning information

Cable orders: InfiniBand Cables are ordered on the supported servers.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host software and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Terms and conditions

Volume orders: Contact your IBM representative.

IBM Global Financing: No

Warranty period: One year

Warranty service: If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone, or electronically via an IBM Web site. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call and is subject to parts availability. If applicable to your product, parts considered customer replaceable units (CRUs) will be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty service. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.

CRU service is not applicable.

On-site service: IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well-lit, and suitable for the purpose.

9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next-business-day response

Non-IBM parts support

Warranty service: IBM is now shipping machines with selected non-IBM parts that contain an IBM field replaceable unit (FRU) part number label. These parts are to be serviced during the IBM machine warranty period. IBM is covering the service on these selected non-IBM parts as an accommodation to their customers, and normal warranty service procedures for the IBM machine apply.

Warranty service upgrades and maintenance service options: For ServiceElect (Z125-5510) and ServiceSuite™ (Z125-5745) Statements of Work

Warranty service upgrades

On-site service: During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of on-site service for an additional charge. A warranty service upgrade must be purchased during the warranty period and is for a fixed term (duration). It is not refundable or transferable and may not be prorated. If required, IBM will provide the warranty service upgrade enhanced level of on-site service acquired by the customer. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed.

IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically, via an IBM Web site. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call and is subject to parts availability. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed.

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 4-hour average, same-business-day response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Maintenance services: If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically, via an IBM web site. You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call and is subject to parts availability. If applicable to your product, parts considered CRUs will be provided as part of the machine's standard maintenance service. Service levels are response time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.

CRU service is not applicable.

On-site service: IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well-lit, and suitable for the purpose.

The following service selections are available as maintenance options for your machine type:

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next-business-day response
  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 4-hour average, same-business-day response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 4-hour average response
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 2-hour average response

Non-IBM parts support: Under certain conditions, IBM repairs selected non-IBM parts at no additional charge for machines that are covered under warranty service upgrades or maintenance services.

IBM service provides hardware problem determination on non-IBM parts (for example, adapter cards, PCMCIA cards, disk drives, memory) installed within IBM machines covered under warranty service upgrades or maintenance services and provides the labor to replace the failing parts at no additional charge.

If IBM has a Technical Service Agreement with the manufacturer of the failing part, or if the failing part is an accommodations part (a part with an IBM FRU label), IBM may also source and replace the failing part at no additional charge. For all other non-IBM parts, customers are responsible for sourcing the parts. Installation labor is provided at no additional charge, if the machine is covered under a warranty service upgrade or a maintenance service.

Usage plan machine: No

IBM hourly service rate classification: Two

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

Field-installable features: No

Model conversions: No

Machine installation: Installation is performed by IBM. IBM will install the machine in accordance with the IBM installation procedures for the machine. In the United States, contact IBM at 800-IBM-SERV (426-7378), in other countries contact the local IBM office.

Graduated Program License Charges apply: No

Licensed machine code: IBM machine code is licensed for use by a customer on the IBM machine for which it was provided by IBM under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreement for machine Code, to enable the machine to function in accordance with its specifications, and only for the capacity authorized by IBM and for which the customer has acquired. You can contact your IBM representative or obtain the agreement at

Educational allowance: A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.
 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the RS/6000® or pSeries® 7048 machine type:

                                                    Initial/
                    Model  Feature  Purchase        MES/        RP
Description         number number   price     MMMC* Both    CSU MES
 
RS/6000 or pSeries MT 7048
 
Topspin 120         120             $     0   $ 35              No
 Server Switch
Topspin 270         270                   0    168              No
 Server Switch
24 Port 4x IB       120    0287      10,495    135  Initial No  No
 Specify
48 port 4x IB       270    0304      69,295    940  Initial No  No
 Specify
24 port 4x IB       270    0305      10,490    235  Both    No  No
 Expansion
*
Minimum monthly maintenance charge

Alternative and maintenance service: For ServiceElect (ESA) Maintenance Service Charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: RE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
Electronic Service Agent and ServiceSuite are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
eServer, pSeries, and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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