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Index
All rights reserved........................................................................................................................... 1
(for internal use only) ...................................................................................
Copyright Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 2015. All rights reserved. .................................... 2
Trademark Notice........................................................................................................................... 2
General Disclaimer ......................................................................................................................... 2
1

Information ............................................................................................................................. 9
1.1

Q: Where can I get support information of E9000? ...................................................... 9

1.2

Q: What is the different for application capability when choose rack server VS blade

server?

1.3

Q: What is the advantages when use blade instead of rack server? ............................ 10

1.4

Q:Where can I get the customer cases of E9000? ....................................................... 11

Chassis ................................................................................................................................... 11
2.1

Q: Why E9000 chassis is so high with 12U height? ................................................... 11

2.2

Q: Does E9000 support mixed-deployment with half-width blades and full-width

blades?

12

Blade specification ................................................................................................................ 12


3.1

Information ................................................................................................................ 12
3.1.1

3.2

Q: Where can I get the detail specification of every kind of E9000 blades?....... 12
Computing ................................................................................................................. 13

3.2.1

Q: Does E9000 plan to support 8S blades? ......................................................... 13

3.2.2

Q: Is Ivy Bridge CPU supported in current released E9000 blades? ................... 13

3.3

Memory ...................................................................................................................... 13
3.3.1

Q: Does E9000 blades support memory RAS features like ECCMemory

mirroringMemory Sparingchipkill4-bit error correction? ....................................... 13


3.3.2
3.4

Q: Which blades can support 1.5 times height DIMMs, is there any restriction? 14
Storage........................................................................................................................ 15

3.4.1
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3.4.2

Q: Does E9000 blades support 3.5 HDD? ......................................................... 15

3.4.3

Q: Does E9000 support shared storage inside chassis? ....................................... 16

3.4.4

Q: Does CH121 /CH220/CH221 support RAID card with RAID 5 function?.... 16

3.4.5

Q: Can I select RAID card with Cache for CH121/CH220/CH221? .................. 16

3.4.6

Q:Do I need to add optional battery when I select RAID card that support Cache?
17
Q: Why I didnt see the RAID option list when I select CH242 in UNISTAR? . 17

3.4.7
3.5

Standard PCIe Card ................................................................................................. 17


3.5.1

Q:What is low-profile card? FHHL PCIe card? FHFL length card? Dual-slot card?
17

3.5.2

Q: How can CH121 support standard PCIe card? Is there any restrictions? ....... 19

3.5.3

Q: Can CH240 support stand PCIe card? ............................................................ 20

3.5.4

Q: Which blades support standard PCIe card? And the limitation for PCIe cards?
20

3.5.5

Q: Which GPU cards are supported by E9000 blade? ........................................ 21

3.5.6

Q: Does standard PCIe card on E9000 blades can support connecting cables? .. 22

3.6

Interfaces.................................................................................................................... 22
3.6.1

Q: What is the specification of E9000 blades onboard VGA? ........................... 22

3.6.2

Q: How many standard USB ports can be support by E9000 blades? ................ 22

Network Specification .......................................................................................................... 23


4.1

Information ................................................................................................................ 23
4.1.1

Q: Where can I get the detail specification of every kind of E9000 IO modules?
23

4.1.2

Q: Where can I get the IO guide for E9000? ....................................................... 23

4.1.3

Q: Where can I get the suggestion for configuration of Mezz card and IO

modules? 23
4.1.4

Q: Where can I get the detail specification for E9000 network adapters? .......... 24

4.1.5

Q:Is there any clarification info for 15.6Tbps bandwidth of E9000

high-performance mid-plane? ............................................................................................. 24


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4.1.6

Q: What is uplink and downlink? ........................................................................ 24

4.1.7

Q: How many optical modules should be provided?........................................... 24

4.2

Network Adpater....................................................................................................... 24
4.2.1

Q: Do E9000 blades provide LOM?.................................................................... 24

4.2.2

Q: What is Mezz card? ........................................................................................ 25

4.2.3

Q: Which MEZZ card is CNA card? ................................................................... 25

4.2.4

Q: Which MEZZ card can support NIC partitions feature? ................................ 25

4.2.5

Q: I saw description about MZ316 in some documents, is it available? ............. 26

4.2.6

Q: I saw description about MZ310 in some documents, is it available? ............. 26

4.2.7

Q: How many Mezz slots are available on CH220?............................................ 26

4.2.8

Q: How many Mezz slots are available on CH221?............................................ 27

4.2.9

Q: How can I meet the requirement about IB connection for CH221 in HPC

project? 27
4.3

Ethernet Switch ......................................................................................................... 27


4.3.1

Q:Does the switch board support stacking? And what about inter-chassis stacking?
27

4.3.2

Q: What does it mean ethernet passthrough? ...................................................... 28

4.3.3

Q: How can I connect 10GE switch board to GE rack switch? ........................... 28

4.3.4

Q: Does CX911 support L3 switch?.................................................................... 28

4.3.5

Q: Is the 4 RJ45 GE ports on CX911 panel available? ....................................... 28

4.4

FC Switch ................................................................................................................... 29
4.4.1

Q: Does CX911 can interconnect with Brocade/cisco FC switch? ..................... 29

4.4.2

Q: Is there any additional license with CX911 FC switch module? .................... 29

4.4.3

Q: Does CX911 support directly attach FC storage? .......................................... 29

4.4.4

Q: Does E9000 plan to provide FC switch board based on brocade switch? ...... 29

4.5

FCOE Switch ............................................................................................................. 29


4.5.1

Q: Which switch board support FCOE? .............................................................. 29

4.5.2

Q: Does CX311 can interconnect with Brocade/cisco FC switch? ..................... 31

4.5.3

Q: Is there any additional license with CX311 FCOE Gateway? ........................ 31

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4.6

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Q: Does CX311 support directly attach FC storage? .......................................... 31


InfiniBand Switch ..................................................................................................... 31

4.6.1

Q: Does CX610 support 56G FDR or not? ......................................................... 31

4.6.2

Q: What kind of fiber should I provide for IB? Single-mode or Multiple-Mode?


31

4.6.3
5

Management .......................................................................................................................... 32
5.1

Q: What are the IB cable options that I can choose? ........................................... 32

LCD display ............................................................................................................... 32


5.1.1

What can I do with E9000 LCD display?............................................................ 32

5.1.2

What is the username and password when I try to log in on LCD display? ........ 32

Engineering ........................................................................................................................... 33
6.1

PSU ............................................................................................................................. 33
6.1.1

Q: Does the PSUs support N+N and N+1. .......................................................... 33

6.1.2

Q: Where can I get the certification report of E9000 AC PSU? .......................... 33

6.2

Power Supply ............................................................................................................. 33


6.2.1

Q: Can E9000 support 240V HVDC? .............................................................. 33

6.2.2

Q: What is the recommend PDU configurations for E9000 deployment? .......... 33

6.2.3

Q: How can I evaluate the maximum power requirement with definite BOQ

configurations? .................................................................................................................... 34
6.3

Cooling ....................................................................................................................... 34
6.3.1

Q: Do E9000 blades support separate airflow paths for memory and CPU, for

high efficient heat dissipation? ............................................................................................ 34


6.4

Rack............................................................................................................................ 34
6.4.1

Q: Does support 1000mm deep Rack? ................................................................ 34

6.4.2

Q: Can we deliver the rack with E9000 chassis and blades installed? ................ 34

6.4.3

Q: How can I get the total weight when I make a BOQ configuration? .............. 35

Compatibility and certification............................................................................................ 35


7.1

Q: Where can I get the compatibility and certification information? .......................... 35

7.2

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of VMware?........ 35

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7.3

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of XenServer? ..... 35

7.4

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of SUSE? ............ 35

7.5

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of Microsoft

Windows? ................................................................................................................................... 36
7.6

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of Microsoft

Hyper-V?36

7.7

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of Redhat? .......... 36

7.8

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of RHEV? ........... 36

7.9

Q: How can I get the E9000 blade spec report? .......................................................... 36

7.10

Q: E9000 pass the NEBS certification or not? ............................................................ 36

7.11

Q:What kind of grade earthquake that E9000 can resist? ........................................... 37

Server related knowledge ..................................................................................................... 37


8.1

Q: What is DCB? ........................................................................................................ 37

8.2

Q: Where can I learn some basic concept and knowledge about FCOE? ................... 37

8.3

Q: What is InfiniBand and in what scenario InfiniBand will be deployed? ................ 38

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Revise Record:
Version

Date

Remark

V1.00

2013-09-27

Initial Version

V1.01

2013-10-24

Add and modify the document entries of:


1.4/3.2.2/3.4.4/3.5.4/4.2.1/4.2.5/4.3.3/5.1/5.2/6.4.1/6.4.2/7.11

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1 Information
1.1

Q: Where can I get support information of E9000?

Resource
Type

Internal
or
public
website

Language

Links

Content

3MS

Internal

Chinese/English

http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docNav/mmNavigate.do?method=showMMLi
st&tree_id=1-2-35626&node_id=1-2-35626&display_type=0
Then click E9000 on left side navigator bar

Marketing/Sales
materials

BG
website

Public

English

http://enterprise.huawei.com/en/products/itapp/server/index.htm?node=2
&child=0

Brochure/Channel
materials

Huawei
Support

Public

English

http://support.huawei.com/enterprise/productsupport?pid=19955022&idA
bsPath=7919749|9856522|9856786|19955022
Then click English on the top when you want to show English version.

Whitepaper/Manual

1.2

Q: What is the different for application capability when choose rack server
VS blade server?

A:
There is no essential difference for application capability when use rack or blades. The main
differences are the density and the physical connection way for communication:

Blade solution: The communication physical paths are physically fixed deployed by chassis and
mid plane

Rack solution: The communication physical paths are flexible deployed with with cables or
fibers

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Q: What is the advantages when use blade instead of rack server?

A:
Installed in the chassis, blade servers shared share the network, I/O modules, MMs, PSUs, and heat
dissipation units to implement unified deployment:

Higher Density: Provided high server density, less time and space for server deployment.

More MaintainabilityLess time for installation; Easier cable layout and maintain; Central
management for multiple servers inside one chassis

Higher Availability: Less failure points; shared redundancy infrastructure like powers, fans, etc.

TCO reduce: Fewer number of fans, powers, cables, management access points, reduce the cost;
High efficient usage of shared fans, powers, cables, management boards, reduce the power
consume, and the cost for cooling.

Please refer to the example deployment of 16 servers below.

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Q:Where can I get the customer cases of E9000?

A: You can contact Luoweitao 00210628 from server marketing department

2 Chassis
2.1

Q: Why E9000 chassis is so high with 12U height?

A:
The 12U E9000 accommodates eight layers of compute nodes, with each compute node in the height
of 1.5U. This design provides the following advantages:

Provides excellent heat dissipation to support more DIMMs and high-performance processors
and even evolution of processors in the future. Intel's next-generation E5 series processors reach
a maximum power consumption of 145 W (10 W higher than the current ones), and the
next-generation E7 series processors reach a maximum power consumption of 165 W (10 W
higher than the current 155 W processors). In addition, with the same rate and capacity, DDR4
DIMM power consumption is reduced by 35% compared with the DDR3 DIMMs. In the future,
memory capacity of a server may increase by 100% with the memory rate increased by 75%
(1866 vs. 1066). The power consumption of the memory system will be two times that of the
current memory system. As power consumption of processors and DIMMs increase, the power
consumption of a single server blade will increase greatly. Most of the competitors' products
provide only 1U or 1.2U server blade slot space, which cannot meet requirements for processor
evolution in the future. The E9000, with its excellent heat dissipation, can protect customers'
investments.

Uses DIMMs at 1.5 times the usual height to provide high cost-effectiveness for large-memory
applications.

Provides sufficient space for installing standard PCIe cards, facilitating application acceleration.

Supports the design for accommodating three 2.5" or two 3.5" hard disks to support large-storage
applications, such as the HDFS.

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Q: Does E9000 support mixed-deployment with half-width blades and


full-width blades?

A: Yes. But there is a little restriction: Every 4 blades form a slot group, inside a slot group, same
form factor size blades are needed ,that means either 4 half-width blades or 2 full-width blades.
Different form factor size blades can deployed between different groups.

3 Blade specification
3.1

Information

3.1.1 Q: Where can I get the detail specification of every kind of E9000 blades?
A:
You can check the detail specification from the whitepaper of E9000 blades from Huawei Enterprise
Website:
http://support.huawei.com/enterprise/productsupport?pid=19955022&idAbsPath=7919749|9856522|9856786|19
955022
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Then click English on the top when you want to show English version.
WORD version was provided on 3MS website:
http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=SV130104
32030017

3.2

Computing

3.2.1 Q: Does E9000 plan to support 8S blades?


A:

No any actual requirement scenarios, so no plan now.

3.2.2 Q: Is Ivy Bridge CPU supported in current released E9000 blades?


A: Yes, The current released blades for E5-2600/E5-4600 series can support the next generation Ivy
Bridge CPU(Intel already released the E5-2600 V2 series CPU on 2013.9, Intel plan to released
E5-4600 V2 series CPU on 2014.Q1) without any change for the hardware, but you need to upgrade
the BIOS(When upgrade the BIOS with support for Ivy Bridge CPU, you need to power off the blade
first, and after upgrade, all BIOS parameters will be set to default values, you need to reconfigure the
BIOS parameters.

3.3

Memory

3.3.1 Q: Does E9000 blades support memory RAS features like ECCMemory
mirroringMemory Sparingchipkill4-bit error correction?
A:
First we should clarify the concepts:

Chipkill is proprietary memory RAS feature name for multiple-bit error correction in IBM
power-series CPU, the corresponding feature name on INTEL CPU is SDDC
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4-bit error correction is supported by INTEL SDDC feature.

All these memory RAS features are supported by INTEL CPU originally, we just do some related
support during server mainboard design and BIOS development. E9000 have consider that during
design and have test these features, you can check the detail with table below:
Blade

ECC

SDDC
(Chipkill)

Memory
Sparing

Memory
Mirroring

CH121

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CH220

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CH221

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CH222

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CH240

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3.3.2 Q: Which blades can support 1.5 times height DIMMs, is there any restriction?
A:
CH242 and CH140(Released soon) dont support 1.5 times height memory, other blades support
that.
There are restrictions for 1.5 times height DIMM:

Only 32GB DIMM has 1.5 times height DIMM option.

You must make supply forecast planning before PO, since it need longer supply time than
normal DIMMs.

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Storage

3.4.1 Q: CH222 support up to 15 diskes ,

is that hot-swappable ?

A: Yes, every single disk on CH222 is hot-swappable, since the disk-drawer is still power-connected
when draw out.

3.4.2 Q: Does E9000 blades support 3.5 HDD?


A: The current released blades dont support 3.5 HDD.
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3.4.3 Q: Does E9000 support shared storage inside chassis?


A: E9000 hardware only support local storage that belong the blade node itself, if you want to
construct shared-storage inside E9000 chassis, related distributed storage must be apply too, like:

FusionStorage software that deployed in FusionCube(sometimes named dsware)

HDFS in hadoop suite

Distributed file system software

3.4.4 Q: Does CH121 /CH220/CH221 support RAID card with RAID 5 function?
A: Yes.
CH121/CH220/CH221 can support RAID cards with LSI 2208 chip that provide RAID 5
function(This type RAID cards include RU320,SR320). But that is waste since there are only 2
HDD/SSD in these blades; so, this RAID card is not in option list for these blades by default. If you
actually need it, you can replace the RAID card option in BOQ with option from CH240s list.

Note: RAID cards with LSI2308 chip did not support RAID 5, this type RAID cards include RU120
and SR120.

3.4.5 Q: Can I select RAID card with Cache for CH121/CH220/CH221?


A:
Yes.
CH121/CH220/CH221 can support LSI 2208 RAID card that provide Cache. But that is waste since
there are only 2 HDD/SSD in these blades(no need for so high performance RAID card); so, this
RAID card is not in option list in UNISTAR for these blades by default. If you actually need it, you
can replace the RAID card option in BOQ with option from CH240s list.
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3.4.6 Q:Do I need to add optional battery when I select RAID card that support Cache?
A: Yes.
You must select the option with battery in normal scenarios, otherwise customer will lost the cache
data when blade power off in unexpected situation.(There is cached-RAID card option without
battery in UNISTAR, it is there because we have definite requirement from some few customers,
since their application was so special that not care about the lost of cache data, but they care about
money, so we give them the low-cost choice)

3.4.7 Q: Why I didnt see the RAID option list when I select CH242 in UNISTAR?
A: In the UNISTAR, there are 2 options for CH242 blade: one option already integrated RAID card
that support RAID 0/1, another option already integrated RAID card that support RAID
0/1/10/5/50/6/60 and 1GB cache. So no need to choose RAID card separately.

3.5

Standard PCIe Card

3.5.1 Q:What is low-profile card? FHHL PCIe card? FHFL length card? Dual-slot
card?
A: PCIe specification developed by PCI-SIG organization has prescribed the size of standard PCIe
card form factor:
PCIe Card Type

Height

Length

Slots

Low Profile

<=2.731 Inches
(<=68.90 mm)

<=6.6 Inches
(<=167.65 mm)

Single Slot

FHHL
Full Height Half Length

<=4.376 Inches
(<=111.15 mm)

<=6.6 Inches
(<=167.65 mm)

Single Slot

FHFL
Full Height Full Length

<=4.376 Inches
(<=111.15 mm)

<=12.283 Inches
(<=312 mm)

Single Slot
OR
Double Slots

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The specification from PCI-SIG as below:

One example for low profile card: Qlogic HBA card

One example for FHHL card: Huawei ES3000 SSD card

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One example for FHFL single slot card: Huawei ES2000 SSD card

One example for FHFL dual-slot card: NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU card

3.5.2 Q: How can CH121 support standard PCIe card? Is there any restrictions?
A: If standard PCIe card will be deployed inside CH121 or CH222, then you must add an optional
PCIe Riser card for CH121/CH222. You can see how the riser card and the PCIe card will be
installed inside the CH121/CH222.
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When PCIe riser card was added to CH121/CH222, there are restrictions:

The maximum memory DIMMs number that CH121/CH222 supported will reduce 6 (Spread on
2 memory channels), CH121/CH222 can support maximum 18 DIMMs with PCIe riser card.

The Standard PCIe card size will be limit to : Full height half size, single slot card.

3.5.3 Q: Can CH240 support stand PCIe card?


A: Not support.

3.5.4 Q: Which blades support standard PCIe card? And the limitation for PCIe cards?
A:
Blade
CH121

Stand PCIe
slots number
1 (option)
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PCIe Card Size Specification

Restriction

1 * FHHL single slot PCIe card

6 DIMMs will reduced

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CH220

4(Fixed)

4 * FHHL single slot PCIe card


OR 2* FH 7L single slot card + 2*FH
9.75L single slot card

CH220 only support 1 MEZZ


card(Mezz1)

CH221

2(Fixed)

2 * FHFL single slot PCIe card


OR 1 * FHFL dual slot PCIe card

CH221 only support 1 MEZZ


card(Mezz1) by default. If you want
to support 2 Mezz card, please refer
to the question in network chapter
below.

CH222

1 (option)

1 * FHHL single slot PCIe card

6 DIMMs will reduced

CH240

Not support

--

--

CH242

1(Fixed)

1 * FHHL single slot PCIe card

No yeah

Note

FHHL: Full Height Half Length

FHFL: Full Height Full Length

R&D test one kind of PCIe card before official announcement of support that card, you can
check the current support list in UNISTAR, if the PCIe card you want to deploy didnt in the
list , please contact R&D to confirm.

3.5.5 Q: Which GPU cards are supported by E9000 blade?


A: Only CH220/CH221 blades support GPU card, please check the compatibility verification
GPUs in below tables:
GPU

Size

Application
Area

Blades that
support

Max Number
can be
deployed in
single blade

Compatibility
Verification

Nvidia Quadro 2000

FH 7 length
single slot

VDI

CH220
CH221

4 per CH220
2 per CH221

Done

Nvidia Quadro 4000

FH 9.5length
single slot

VDI

CH220
CH221

2 per CH220
2 per CH221

Done

Nvidia Grid K1

FHFL dual
slot

VDI

CH221

1 per CH221

Ongoing certification with


NVIDIA, will released on Q4

Nvidia Grid K2

FHFL dual
slot

VDI

CH221

1 per CH221

Ongoing certification with


NVIDIA, will released on Q4

Nvidia Tesla K10

FHFL dual
slot

HPC

CH221

1 per CH221

Ongoing certification with


NVIDIA, will released on Q4

Nvidia Tesla K20(m)

FHFL dual

HPC

CH221

1 per CH221

Ongoing certification with

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slot

NVIDIA, will released on Q4

Note
FHFL: Full Height Full Length

3.5.6 Q: Does standard PCIe card on E9000 blades can support connecting cables?
A:Not support.

3.6

Interfaces

3.6.1 Q: What is the specification of E9000 blades onboard VGA?


A:

16MB graphics memory, maximum resolution is 1280*1024 under 60HZ with 16M true color

display.

3.6.2 Q: How many standard USB ports can be support by E9000 blades?
A:

There are 3 USB 2.0 interface with high density cable on blade panel, and there is 1 standard

USB 2.0 inside the blade.

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4 Network Specification
4.1

Information

4.1.1 Q: Where can I get the detail specification of every kind of E9000 IO modules?
A: You can check the detail specification from the whitepaper of E9000 IO modules from Huawei
Enterprise Website:
http://support.huawei.com/enterprise/productsupport?pid=19955022&idAbsPath=7919749|9856522|9856786|1
9955022
Then click English on the top when you want to show English version.
Editable WORD version was provided on 3MS website:
http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=SV130104
32030017

4.1.2 Q: Where can I get the IO guide for E9000?


A: You can get the IO guide and quick reference for configuration for 3MS website:
http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=SV130522
07350056

4.1.3 Q: Where can I get the suggestion for configuration of Mezz card and IO
modules?
A: You can get the typical configuration suggestion from the EXCEL table from 3MS link for E9000
IO guide in previous question.

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4.1.4 Q: Where can I get the detail specification for E9000 network adapters?
A: You can check the specification from the EXCEL table from 3MS link for E9000 IO guide in
previous question.

4.1.5 Q:Is there any clarification info for 15.6Tbps bandwidth of E9000
high-performance mid-plane?
A: Please refer to the presentation slide of E9000 IO guide (Link was provided in previous
question)

4.1.6 Q: What is uplink and downlink?


A: On Blade servers, we used uplink to refer switch board connection to outside network on
panel(Also call panel-port in some documents),

used downlink to refer switch board connection to

blade adpaters through midplane(Also call server-port in some documents).

4.1.7 Q: How many optical modules should be provided?


A: It depends on the interconnection requirements from customer, please confirm that with customer.
If customer didnt give any definite requirements about that and the customer doesnt need high
bandwidth, you can just config 2 optical modules for ethernet/FC per IO module(Redundancy
already considered).

4.2

Network Adpater

4.2.1 Q: Do E9000 blades provide LOM?


A: E9000 blades not provide LOM.
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You may notice that there is 4 RJ45 GE ports on the panel of CX911, these ports are reserved for
with LOM, but no LOM now, so these GE ports is not usable now, it is reserved for future planning.

4.2.2 Q: What is Mezz card?


A: MEZZ is abbreviation for Mezzanine, it means pluggable network adapters on blade. All the
network adpaters in E9000 are MEZZ cards. An picture of E9000 MEZZ card below:

4.2.3 Q: Which MEZZ card is CNA card?


A: CNA(converged network adapter) mean ethernet adapter that can support FCOE function, E9000's
MZ510/MZ512 are CNA cards.

4.2.4 Q: Which MEZZ card can support NIC partitions feature?


A: Very common in RFP, the requirement is to split a physical port to multiple interfaces(The
interfaces can be saw and configed in OS), usually use to seperate differnet kind of
communications(like management, service,backup).You may see different descripiton about this
requirements in RFP, sometimes as "vNIC", sometimes as "NPAR(NIC partition)", sometimes as
"UMC (Universal Multi Channel)". MZ510( The 2 X 10GE CNA mezz card) and MZ512 (The 4 X
10GE CNA card) both support this feature, other mezz cards don't support this feature.
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There are three modes for MZ510/MZ512 about NPARs:

1:NIC Mode: Every port could be splitted to 4 NICs.In this mode, 1 MZ510 can support up
to 8 NPARs, and 1 MZ512 can support up to 16 NPARS.

2:FCOE Mode: Every port could be splitted to 3*NIC + 1* FCOE. In this mode, 1 MZ510
can support up to 8 NPARs(Include 2 NPARs dedicated to FCOE), and 1 MZ512 can
support up to 16 NPARS(Include 4 NPARs dedicated to FCOE).

3: iSCSI Mode: Every port could be splitted to 3*NIC + 1*iSCSI. In this mode, 1 MZ510
can support up to 8 NPARs(Include 2 NPARs dedicated to iSCSI), and 1 MZ512 can
support up to 16 NPARS(Include 4 NPARs dedicated to iSCSI).

Bandwidth of each NPAR can be adjusted. The step is 100 Mbps, the maximum bandwidth is 10
Gbps, and the minimum bandwidth is 0 Gbps.All the bandwidth of 4 NPARs for a port can not be
over 10Gbps. For detail configruations steps to support NPARs, please refer to user guide about
MZ510/MZ512 on Huawei enterprise website.

4.2.5 Q: I saw description about MZ316 in some documents, is it available?


A: MZ316 is dedicated for FusionSphere and FusionCube, not available for E9000 projects.

4.2.6 Q: I saw description about MZ310 in some documents, is it available?


A: MZ310 is not available, you can choose MZ512(4*10GE) instead.

4.2.7 Q: How many Mezz slots are available on CH220?


A: By default configuration, the Mezz2 slot of CH220 is already occupied (By the signal connector
for standard PCIe card expansion slot) , so only Mezz1 of CH220 can be used to deploy network
mezz module.

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4.2.8 Q: How many Mezz slots are available on CH221?


A: By default configuration, the Mezz2 slot

of CH221 is already occupied (By the signal connector

for standard PCIe card expansion slot) , so only Mezz1 of CH221 can be used to deploy network
mezz module by default.
Note:But in HPC projects, when used CH221 to support GPGPU/co-processors, customized
-configuration by PO of CH221 can be provided, the customized-CH221 can use Mezz2 to deploy IB
card. (Note: Customized CH221 need to be tracked by R&D now)

4.2.9 Q: How can I meet the requirement about IB connection for CH221 in HPC
project?
A: Please refer to the answer in previous question.

4.3

Ethernet Switch

4.3.1 Q:Does the switch board support stacking? And what about inter-chassis
stacking?
A: Please check the table below:
Switch Board

Stacking

Inter-chassis Stacking

CX110

Yes

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

CX310

Yes

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

CX311

Yes

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

CX312

Yes

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

CX911

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

Not support now


Planned to support on 2013.12

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4.3.2 Q: What does it mean ethernet passthrough?


A: Refers to the IO module does not have switching functions only with the physical interface
conversion function. The CX116 is a GE passthrough board, and CX317 is 10GE passthrough board.

4.3.3 Q: How can I connect 10GE switch board to GE rack switch?


A: You can choose GE optical module to connect GE rack switch with optical fiber, or choose GE
1000Base-T module to connect GE rack switch with UTP cable. But the GE 1000Base-T module can
only interconnect with GE data rate port on other switch, it cant adapt to 100Mbps ethernet port(FE
port).

4.3.4 Q: Does CX911 support L3 switch?


A:

Not support yeah, planned to support L3 switch on new software version on 2013.12.

4.3.5 Q: Is the 4 RJ45 GE ports on CX911 panel available?


A:

Not available for use.

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FC Switch

4.4.1 Q: Does CX911 can interconnect with Brocade/cisco FC switch?


A: The FC switch module integrated on CX911 board was OEM from QLogic, can connected to
Brocade/Cisco FC switch with NPV mode, cant connect with E-port( E-port is not open between
different vendors)

4.4.2 Q: Is there any additional license with CX911 FC switch module?


A: No any additional license, all features of FC switch module integrated on CX911 are available
by default.

4.4.3 Q: Does CX911 support directly attach FC storage?


A: CX911 support F-port, can directly attach FC storage.

4.4.4 Q: Does E9000 plan to provide FC switch board based on brocade switch?
A: E9000 plan to provide CX912 on 2013.12, and CX912 will integrated FC switch ODM from
brocade.

4.5

FCOE Switch

4.5.1 Q: Which switch board support FCOE?


A: There are different function entities defined in FCOE standard, E9000 switch boards support
different FCOE entity functions as below:
Switch
Board

FCOE FSB Function

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Support

No

CX311

Support

Support

CX312

Support

No

Secret

Additional rack FCOE switch is needed when


connected to FC SAN/Storage.
CX311 can directly connect to FC SAN/Storage
Additional rack FCOE switch is needed when
connected to FC SAN/Storage.

The FCOE network that CX311 support (No need for rack FCOE switch):
Normal Ethernet Flow
FCOE Flow
FC Flow

CX311
10GE Switch
(FSB)

VN_port

CNA

10GE
Ethernet

10GE/FCOE

VF_port

Blade
FCF
8G FC

FC SAN
/Storage

F/E/N_port

Chassis

The FCOE network that CX310/CX312 support (Rack FCOE switch is needed):

CX310/312
10GE

VN_port

CNA

10GE
10GE/FCOE

SWTICH
(FSB)

Ethernet

Rack FCOE
Switch
VF_port
(FCF)
8G FC

Blade

F/E/N_port

FC SAN
/Storage

Normal Ethernet Flow

Chassis

FCOE Flow
FC Flow

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4.5.2 Q: Does CX311 can interconnect with Brocade/cisco FC switch?


A:
The FCOE Gateway switch module integrated on CX311 board was OEM from QLogic, can
connected to Brocade/Cisco FC switch with NPV mode, cant connect with E-port( E-port is not
open between different vendors)

4.5.3 Q: Is there any additional license with CX311 FCOE Gateway?


A:

No any additional license, all features of FCOE Gateway switch module integrated on CX311

are available by default.

4.5.4 Q: Does CX311 support directly attach FC storage?


A: CX311 support F-port, can directly attach FC storage.

4.6

InfiniBand Switch

4.6.1 Q: Does CX610 support 56G FDR or not?


A: Yes. CX610 can support 40Gbps QDR and 56Gbps FDR, the ports are auto adaptive.

4.6.2 Q: What kind of fiber should I provide for IB? Single-mode or Multiple-Mode?
A:

No need.
IB is different than Ethernet, IB cables is provided with definite length and integrated

transceivers on the cables, no need to provide fibers or optical modules.

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4.6.3 Q: What are the IB cable options that I can choose?


A: We can provided IB electrical cable and optical cable, you can get the BOQ option price list
from Mayanpeng 49739.
Warning: There is huge price difference between electrical IB cable and optical IB cable, and huge
price difference between different length cable, up to hundreds $ per cable, so the actual cable length
requirement from customer must be confirmed.

5 Management
5.1

LCD display

5.1.1 What can I do with E9000 LCD display?


A: You can do some basic configuration and checking tasks(like check warning) with LCD display,
operator can finish some simple maintaining jobs when enter the device room without notebook.
For more detail, you can check the < Huawei E9000 Chassis Intelligent Display V100R001
Parameter Reference> on Huawei support website.

5.1.2 What is the username and password when I try to log in on LCD display?
A: Use the username and password for MM910 management board.

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6 Engineering
6.1

PSU

6.1.1 Q: Does the PSUs support N+N and N+1.


A:

Yes. All the power from 6 PSUs will be merged on the power mid-plane, then provide to

blades by power mid-plane, so N+N and N+1 are meted perfectly.

6.1.2 Q: Where can I get the certification report of E9000 AC PSU?


A: You can download the certification report from 80 PLUS website:
http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/psu_reports/HUAWEI%20TECHNOLOGIES%20CO.,LTD_EP
W3000-12A_3000W_SO-582_Report.pdf

6.2

Power Supply

6.2.1 Q: Can E9000 support 240V HVDC?


A:

Yes, E9000s 3000W2000W AC PSU can support 240V HVDC.

6.2.2 Q: What is the recommend PDU configurations for E9000 deployment?


A: Recommendation as follow:
AC Input

PDU number per Rack

Max Power per Rack

Plug Number

Max Chassis
supported

2*220V@32A,Single
phase

2 *220V@32A,Single phase
PDU

6.4KW

4*C19 /per PDU

4*220V@32A,Single
phase

4 *220V@32A,Single phase
PDU

12.8KW

4*C19 /per PDU

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2*380V@32A,three
phase

2*380V@32A,three phase
PDU

19.2KW

Secret

9*C19 /per PDU

6.2.3 Q: How can I evaluate the maximum power requirement with definite BOQ
configurations?
A: Use the power calculation tool to evaluate:
http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=SV121122
00360108

6.3

Cooling

6.3.1 Q: Do E9000 blades support separate airflow paths for memory and CPU, for
high efficient heat dissipation?
A:

Yes, inside the blade there are plastic airflow shields to construct separate airflow paths for

memory and CPU.

6.4

Rack

6.4.1 Q: Does support 1000mm deep Rack?


A: Yes.E9000 support standard 19 Rack with 1000mm deep or 1100mm deep or 1200 mm deep.
1200mm deep rack is preferred.
But when you use 1000mm deep rack, you cannot deploy vertical PDU, you can just deploy
horizon PDU, that will occupied some rack space.

6.4.2 Q: Can we deliver the rack with E9000 chassis and blades installed?
A:

Not support. When E9000 delivered, the Rack/Chassis/blade will be packed separately.
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(CPUs/Memory DIMMs/HDDs will be installed on the blades before delivered, but the PCIe cards
will be packed separately.)

6.4.3 Q: How can I get the total weight when I make a BOQ configuration?
A: When you finish the configuration, please click on the statistic tab, then you can get the
information of weight.

7 Compatibility and certification


7.1

Q: Where can I get the compatibility and certification information?

A:

Please check the compatibility list document on 3MS site:

http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=SV130104
33470019

7.2

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of


VMware?

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

7.3

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of


XenServer?

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

7.4

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of SUSE?

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

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Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of


Microsoft Windows?

7.5

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of


Microsoft Hyper-V?

7.6

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of Redhat?

7.7

A: Please click on the hyper-link inside the compatibility list document.

Q: Where can I get the E9000 blades official certification record of RHEV?

7.8

A: RedHat confirm that no RHEV certification, so there is no official certification record for RHEV,
only RHEL certification record.

7.9

Q: How can I get the E9000 blade spec report?

A:

Open the google, input: E9000 site:spec.org, then search.

7.10 Q: E9000 pass the NEBS certification or not?


A: No.
And no plan to do that.

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7.11 Q:What kind of grade earthquake that E9000 can resist?


A: E9000 didnt do the earthquake resistance test, since on forced requirement for this (Earthquake
resistance test are only normal requirements for CT devices, not IT devices).

E9000 has done operational vibration and shock test, you can check the specification in E9000
whitepaper:
Operational vibration

Sine sweep: 5 Hz to 200 Hz, 10 m/s

Operational shock

Half sine: 100 m/s, 11 ms

But these testes cannot replace the earthquake resistance test (For example, the test that NEBS
required), so we cannot declare that what kind of grade earthquake that E9000 can resist.

8 Server related knowledge


8.1

Q: What is DCB?

A: DCB(Data Center Bridge) Enhanced lossless Ethernet, IEEE standards developed (IBM likes to
call it CEE instead, Cisco likes to use DCE instead). DCB network is a necessary prerequisite to
support FCOE networking. E9000's CX310/CX311/CX312 support DCB features. CX911 planned to
support DCB on 2013.12 with software upgrade. DCB network is: high bandwidth, low-latency,
lossless network with ethernet Jumbo frame support.

8.2

Q: Where can I learn some basic concept and knowledge about FCOE?

A:
You can learn some basic concepts and knowledge about FCOE from the slide from below 3MS link:
like FCOE, CNA,FSB, FCF, NPV,etc
http://3ms.huawei.com/mm/docMaintain/mmMaintain.do?method=showMMDetail&f_id=CIP12112
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Q: What is InfiniBand and in what scenario InfiniBand will be deployed?

A: A high-speed cluster communication network technology, commonly used in the field of HPC, the
technology in this field is leading by Mellanox company. The network has developed multiple
generations, the commond requirements in RFQ now is to support QDR(40Gbps), FDR(56Gbps) rate,
E9000 support QDR and FDR.

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