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Cisco Nexus 9000 aimed at 40G?

Sources say first release of Insieme switch will use Broadcom chips

By Jim Duffy on Fri, 09/27/13 - 1:48pm.

Unconfirmed details are starting to emerge on the Cisco Nexus 9000, the new data center switch being developed by spin-in candidate Insieme Networks. Cisco is expected to introduce the Insieme-built Nexus 9000 line Nov. 6.

Contrary to previous speculation, the Nexus 9000 will initially be optimized for high-density 40G Ethernet applications, not 100G. At first release, the eight-slot switch will support 288 40G ports, sources say.

[RACKSPACE RACE: Arista heading off Cisco/Insieme at 100G SDNs?]

And even though Insieme is spinning its own custom ASICs, those won't appear until the second release of the switch in about a year, sources say. The first release of the Nexus 9000 will operate on Broadcom's Trident 2, Titan and HiGig2 chipsets -- three Trident 2's will connect a Nexus 9000 line card to the Titan fabric using HiGig2 interfaces, they say.

Rival Juniper had to default to Broadcom silicon in its QFabric data center switching line when its own ASICs reportedly wouldn't work. 

Cisco declined comment on this information. But here, what one source claims, is command output from the Insieme switch showing the Nexus 9000 -- N9K -- designation (looks like a Nexus 9508) and the HiGig content:

root@switch# show module
Mod  Ports  Module-Type                         Model              Status
---  -----  ----------------------------------- ------------------ ----------
4    34     Snowbird                            Cortina-Test-LC    ok
22   0      Fabric Module                       N9K-C9508-FM       ok
24   0      Fabric Module                       N9K-C9508-FM       ok
26   0      Fabric Module                       N9K-C9508-FM       ok
27   0      Supervisor Module                   Cortina-Sup        active *
29   0      System Controller                                      active

root@switch# show interface eth4/1
Ethernet4/1 is down (Link not connected)
admin state is up, Dedicated Interface
  Hardware: 1000/10000 Ethernet, address: 0023.bdf7.31e0 (bia 0023.bdf7.b60c)
  MTU 1500 bytes, BW 10000000 Kbit, DLY 10 usec
  reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
  Encapsulation ARPA, medium is broadcast
  auto-duplex, auto-speed
  Beacon is turned off
  Auto-Negotiation is turned on
  Input flow-control is off, output flow-control is off
  Auto-mdix is turned off
  Switchport monitor is off 
  EtherType is 0x8100 
  EEE (efficient-ethernet) : n/a
  Last link flapped never
  Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
  0 interface resets
  30 seconds input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
  30 seconds output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
  Load-Interval #2: 5 minute (300 seconds)
    input rate 0 bps, 0 pps; output rate 0 bps, 0 pps
  RX
    0 unicast packets  0 multicast packets  0 broadcast packets
    0 input packets  0 bytes
    0 jumbo packets      0 runts  0 giants  0 CRC  0 no buffer
    0 input error  0 short frame  0 overrun   0 underrun  0 ignored
    0 watchdog  0 bad etype drop  0 bad proto drop  0 if down drop
    0 input with dribble  0 input discard
    0 Rx pause
  TX
    0 unicast packets  0 multicast packets  0 broadcast packets
    0 output packets  0 bytes
    0 jumbo packets
    0 output error  0 collision  0 deferred  0 late collision
    0 lost carrier  0 no carrier  0 babble  0 output discard
    0 Tx pause

root@switch# show system internal fabric connectivity
HiGIG Link-info Linecard slot:4
--------------------------------------------------------------
 LC-Slot  LC-Unit   LC-HGLink   FM-Slot   FM-Unit   FM-HGLink 
--------------------------------------------------------------
    4        0       HG06         22        0        HG11
    4        0       HG07         22        0        HG09
    4        0       HG04         22        1        HG11
    4        0       HG05         22        1        HG09
    4        0       HG14         24        0        HG11
    4        0       HG15         24        0        HG09
    4        0       HG12         24        1        HG11
    4        0       HG13         24        1        HG09
    4        0       HG22         26        0        HG11
    4        0       HG23         26        0        HG09
    4        0       HG21         26        1        HG09
    4        0       HG20         26        1        HG11
    4        1       HG05         22        0        HG10
    4        1       HG07         22        1        HG10
    4        1       HG13         24        0        HG10
    4        1       HG15         24        1        HG10
    4        1       HG21         26        0        HG10
    4        1       HG23         26        1        HG10

HiGIG Link-info Fabriccard slot:22
--------------------------------------------------------------
 FM-Slot  FM-Unit   FM-HGLink   LC-Slot   LC-Unit   LC-HGLink 
--------------------------------------------------------------
   22        0       HG09          4        0        HG07
   22        0       HG11          4        0        HG06
   22        0       HG10          4        1        HG05
   22        1       HG09          4        0        HG05
   22        1       HG11          4        0        HG04
   22        1       HG10          4        1        HG07

 

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