Tested by IBM with all Intelligent Cluster BOM components, the Force10 line card is designed to provide excellent core connectivity to the IBM/BNT G8264 switch, via the 40GbE ports on the BNT switch, enabling maximum throughput from the BNT ToR switch to a Force10 ExaScale core chassis, which includes four QSFP ports and two CFP ports.
Designed in-house using proven experience in high performance hardware and software design, ExaScale uses patented backplane technology and advances in ASIC design to power the E-Series switch/routers with industry-leading density, performance, reliability and eco-efficiency.
These Force10 performance attributes have become so widely recognized that Force10 switch/routers are currently utilized in more than 30 percent of the top 40 most powerful supercomputers in the world, including the IBM-based Roadrunner. Ranked number one on the TOP500 list, the Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory is the first supercomputer to reach peak performance of one Petaflop and utilizes Force10 core switch/routers to anchor the supercomputer within the network.
"More than ever, as data center managers build out their infrastructure and position themselves for tomorrow's business needs, they must balance performance attributes that help to foster company growth while maintaining cost-effectiveness", stated Michael O'Brien, vice president, global alliances and channels, Force10 Networks. "Force10 has a rich heritage of helping HPC environments primarily through the
fault-tolerant design of ExaScale and other core switch/routers, which have enabled significant application uptime, all while providing deep buffering and congestion management technology that ensures maximum network efficiency."