IBM InfiniBand Clusters with QLogic InfiniBand switches help address HPC and commercial clustering requirements

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-843
November 11, 2008

 
 ENUS108-843.PDF (209KB)

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New high-performance server switches enable you to form high-performance clusters and grids that deliver the performance required for you to realize the full potential of your applications and systems.

  • The IBM® 7874-024 is a QLogic 9024CU Managed 24-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Edge Switch, designed to provide a compact 1U solution for use in building small node count fabrics.
  • The IBM 7874-040 is a QLogic 9040 48-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, an excellent workgroup or database cluster model, supporting up to four 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules.
  • The IBM 7874-120 is a QLogic 9120 144-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, designed to support larger High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, supporting up to twelve 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules.
  • The IBM 7874-240 is a QLogic 9240 288-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, designed to support very large HPC clusters, supporting up to twenty-four 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).


 
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InfiniBand is an industry-standard high-performance interconnect for HPC clusters and enterprise grids. This industry-standard fabric creates clusters that address many of the HPC requirements such as those found in scientific, technical, and financial applications. InfiniBand solutions are designed for high availability and can also deliver the scalability required by distributed database processing.

The IBM Power Systems machine type 7874 enables the ordering and service of specific QLogic 4X DDR InfiniBand switches that are available in four models of up to 24-port, 48-port, 144-port, and 288-port capability.

The IBM 7874-024 is a QLogic 9024CU Managed 24-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Edge Switch, designed to provide a compact 1U solution for use in building small node count fabrics. Included in the 7874-024 are redundant power supplies, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite.

The IBM 7874-040 is a QLogic 9040 48-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, an excellent workgroup or database cluster model, supporting up to four 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules. Included in the 7874-040 is a DDR Managed Spine Module, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite.

The IBM 7874-120 is a QLogic 9120 144-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, designed to support larger HPC clusters, supporting up to twelve 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules. Included in the 7874-120 are redundant DDR Managed Spine Modules, a full complement of Spine Modules to provide a 100% nonblocking fabric for all 144 ports, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite.

The IBM 7874-240 is a QLogic 9240 288-port 4X DDR InfiniBand Fabric Director Switch, designed to support very large HPC clusters, supporting up to twenty-four 12-port 4X InfiniBand Leaf Modules. Included in the 7874-240 are redundant DDR Managed Spine Modules, a full complement of Spine Modules to provide a 100% nonblocking fabric for all 288 ports, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, power cords, rack mount kit, and QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite.

Feature exchange

None


 
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The IBM Power Systems servers supported for attachment to the QLogic InfiniBand switches are 7998-61X, 8203-E4A, 8204-E8A, 8234-EMA, 9117-MMA, and 9125-F2A.


 
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November 21, 2008


 
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The switches are to be field mounted in an IBM 19-inch rack with available rack space and PDU outlets. The switches have 1-meter power cords to connect to the rack PDUs. The power connections are on the rear of the switch assemblies, located on both the right side and on the left side. The power cords connect to the rack PDUs, which are required to be on both the left side and right side of the racks. The 024 and 040 models can be mounted in any IBM 19-inch rack. To address the need for larger system cable management of the InfiniBand cables, the switch models 120 and 240 are required to be installed in a 7014-T42 rack, with a rack extender feature code. The rack extender is 20 inches deep.

HPC configurations require the use of an external Host Subnet Manager (HSM). This will be running on an IBM System x3550 or IBM System x3650, with InifniBand Host Channel Adapter and InfiniBand cable.

Commercial configurations can use the Embedded Subnet Manager (ESM), which is monitored from the network. Greater than 144 nodes will require the use of the HSM.


 
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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the Power Systems 7874 machine type:

Description                                        MT  Model   Feature
 
QLogic 9024CU Managed 24-port DDR InfiniBand
switch                                            7874  024
QLogic 9040 48-port DDR InfiniBand switch         7874  040
QLogic 9120 144-port DDR InfiniBand switch        7874  120
QLogic 9240 288-port DDR InfiniBand switch        7874  240
US TAA Compliance Indicator                       7874  040     0983
                                                        120
                                                        240
100 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable                 7874  024     3300
                                                        040
                                                        120
                                                        240
10 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable                  7874  024     3301
                                                        040
                                                        120
                                                        240
20 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable                  7874  024     3302
                                                        040
                                                        120
                                                        240
12-Port 4x DDR InfiniBand Module                  7874  040     3312
                                                        120
                                                        240
Fabric Director Leaf Module Blank                 7874  040     3313
                                                        120
                                                        240

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the Power Systems 7014, 9125 machine type:

Description                                        MT  Model    Feature
 
Rack Content Specify: 7874-024 - 1U               7014  T00     0331
                                                        T42
Rack Content Specify: 7874-040 - 4U               7014  T00     0332
                                                        T42
Rack Content Specify: 7874-120 - 7U               7014  T42     0334
Rack Content Specify: 7874-240 - 14U              7014  T42     0335
10 Meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable                    9125  F2A     3291
20 meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable                    9125  F2A     3292
40 meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable                    9125  F2A     3294
Rack Extender                                     7014  T42     6257

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=108-843

 
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Visit the IBM Systems Information Center, which contains the documentation for the hardware

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems

Additional specific information on IBM clusters with the InfiniBand switch is located at

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/ networkmanager/home.html

Additional documentation is available through the IBM Systems Information Center, which provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Information Center is at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/systems

 
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Global Technology Services

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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Select your country, and then select the product as the category.


 
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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications
 Model  Height    Width      Depth     Weight
 
  240   24.5  in  17.32 in   25.5  in  180 lbs
  120   12.25 in  17.32 in   25.5  in  100 lbs
  040    5.25 in  17.32 in   25.5  in   55 lbs
  024    1.7  in  17.32 in   26.75 in   16 lbs
Operating environment
  • Temperature:
    • Operating / (Nonoperating): 5 to 45C / (-35 to 65C)
  • Humidity
    • Operating / (Nonoperating): 5 to 85% / (5 to 90%) noncondensing
Power requirements
  • Power cords delivered with the system plug into the IBM PDUs in the 19-inch racks.
Agency approvals
  • Safety:
    • UL/CSA/EN
  • EMI:
    • FCC/VCCI/EN
  • Marking:
    • UL/GS/VCCI/CE /RoHS
Hardware requirements

These switches are intended to cluster together IBM POWER6™ servers in InfiniBand clusters.

Planning information

Security, auditability, and control

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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Volume orders: Contact your IBM representative.

IBM Global Financing

Yes

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

IBM provides replacement CRUs to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM upon your request. CRUs are designated as being either a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 CRU.

Tier 1 CRU

Installation of Tier 1 CRUs is your responsibility. If IBM installs a Tier 1 CRU at your request, you will be charged for the installation.

Tier 2 CRU

You may install a Tier 2 CRU yourself or request IBM to install it, at no additional charge.

Based upon availability, CRUs will be shipped for next-business-day (NBD) delivery. IBM specifies, in the materials shipped with a replacement CRU, whether a defective CRU must be returned to IBM. When return is required, return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU. You may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

The following parts have been designated as Tier 1 CRUs:

  • AC power cord
  • Battery
  • Covers, front and side
  • Disk drive
  • Display
  • DVD drive cable
  • DVD drive
  • External cables
  • Floppy drive
  • Floppy drive cable
  • Heat/Fan sink
  • Keyboard
  • Memory DIMM
  • Modem (requires 100 V - 240 V)
  • Mouse
  • PCI adapters
  • System bezel
  • System labels
  • Tape, diagnostics, and firmware media
  • USB cable
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.

Service level is

  • 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next-business-day response. Calls must be received by 5 p.m. local time in order to qualify for next-business-day response.

Non-IBM parts service

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

During the warranty period, warranty service upgrades provide an enhanced level of On-site Service for an additional charge. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. See the Warranty service section for additional details.

IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically by access to 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.

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 on-site response-time objectives are available as warranty service upgrades for your machine. Available offerings are:

  • 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

Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs) may be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty CRU Service except that you may install a CRU yourself or request IBM installation, at no additional charge, under one of the On-site Service levels specified above. For additional information on the CRU Service, see the warranty information.

Maintenance services

If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of maintenance 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. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of maintenance 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. The following service selections are available as maintenance options for your machine type.

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.

Service levels are:

  • 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 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
Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) Service

If your problem can be resolved with a CRU (for example, keyboard, mouse, speaker, memory, or hard disk drive), and depending upon the maintenance service offerings in your geography, IBM will ship the CRU to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM upon your request.

Based upon availability, CRUs will be shipped for next business day delivery. IBM specifies, in the materials shipped with a replacement CRU, whether a defective CRU must be returned to IBM. When return is required, 1) return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU and 2) you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

CRUs may be provided as part of the machine's standard maintenance service except that you may install a CRU yourself or request IBM installation, at no additional charge, under any of the On-site Service levels specified above.

Non-IBM parts service

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

This service includes hardware problem determination (PD) on the non-IBM parts (for example, adapter cards, PCMCIA cards, disk drives, memory) installed within IBM machines 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

Yes

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).

Graduated program license charges apply

No

Licensed machine code

Machine Code, including the QLogic InfiniBand Fabric Suite, is licensed for use by a customer on a specific machine, designated by serial number, under the terms and conditions of the QLogic End User Software License Agreements.

Educational allowance

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

The educational allowance is 15% for the products in this announcement.


 
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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Product charges

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the Power Systems 7874 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
                     Model  Feature                  Both/        RP
Description          number numbers                  Support  CSU MES
 
QLogic 9024CU Managed 24-port DDR InfiniBand Switch
                       024                                    No
QLogic 9040 48-port DDR InfiniBand Switch
                       040                                    No
QLogic 9120 144-port DDR InfiniBand Switch
                       120                                    No
QLogic 9240 288-port DDR InfiniBand Switch
                       240                                    No
US TAA Compliance Indicator
                       040     0983                  Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No
100 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable
                       024     3300                  Both     Yes No
                       040                           Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No
10 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable
                       024     3301                  Both     Yes No
                       040                           Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No
20 meter 4x-4x DDR Optical cable
                       024     3302                  Both     Yes No
                       040                           Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No
12-Port 4x DDR InfiniBand Module
                       040     3312                  Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No
Fabric Director Leaf Module Blank
                       040     3313                  Both     Yes No
                       120                           Both     Yes No
                       240                           Both     Yes No

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the Power Systems 7014, 9125 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description          Model  Feature                  Both/        RP
Machine Type 7014    number numbers                  Support  CSU MES
 
Rack Content Specify: 7874-024 - 1U
                       T00     0331                  Initial  N/A
                       T42                           Initial  N/A No
Rack Content Specify: 7874-040 - 4U
                       T00     0332                  Initial  N/A
                       T42                           Initial  N/A No
Rack Content Specify: 7874-120 - 7U
                       T42     0334                  Initial  N/A No
Rack Content Specify: 7874-240 - 14U
                       T42     0335                  Initial  N/A No
Rack Extender
                       T42     6257                  Both     No  No
                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description          Model  Feature                  Both/        RP
Machine Type 9125    number numbers                  Support  CSU MES
 
10 Meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable
                       F2A     3291                  Both     No  No
20 meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable
                       F2A     3292                  Both     No  No
40 meter QSFP-4x Optical Cable
                       F2A     3294                  Both     No  No
 
Switch Machine / Models
PortsMTModelFCList priceDescription
247874024na$24,500QLogic 9024CU Managed 24-port DDR Infiniband Edge Switch
487874040na$42,000QLogic 9040 48-port DDR Infiniband Fabric Director Switch
1447874120na$108,000QLogic 9040 144-port DDR Infiniband Fabric Director Switch
2887874240na$220,000QLogic 9040 288-port DDR Infiniband Fabric Director Switch
Features
1278743312$13,50012-port 4x DDR Infinband Module (9XXX-Leaf-DDR-09P)
78743313$120Leaf Module Blank Panel (9X00-Leaf-4X-DDR-09P)
78743301$1,00010 meter Inter Switch Link Optical cable
78743302$1,80020 meter Inter Switch Link Optical cable
78743300$5,000100 meter Inter Switch Link Optical cable
78740983$0US TAA Indicator Code
PortsMTModelFCList priceDescription
Other MT / Model FCs
9125F2A3291$1,20010 meter QSFP/CX4 Active Optical,
9125F2A3292$1,80020 meter QSFP/CX4 Active Optical,
9125F2A3294$3,00040 meter QSFP/CX4 Active Optical,
7014T426257$8,00020" Deep Rack Extender
7014T000331$0Rack Content Specify Code
7014T000332$0Rack Content Specify Code
7014T000333$0Rack Content Specify Code
7014T000334$0Rack Content Specify Code

Maintenance charges

For ServiceElect (ESA) maintenance service charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology life cycle.

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