Balaji Iyer, Radisys Sr. Product Line Manager, ATCA, discusses the exciting changes occurring because of the new x86-based Intel Sandy Bridge processors that are faster and more efficient and will replace many of the network processors used in today’s enterprise and carrier-class servers.
Dual Intel Xeon “Sandy Bridge” ATCA Compute
The ATCA-4600 is a 9th generation single board compute module from Radisys. It is a high performance, single slot ATCA blade based on either the dual socket E5-2448L Intel Xeon processor or the E5-2428L Intel Xeon processor.
ATCA-4600 Sandy Bridge ATCA compute module is ideal for control plane and server functions for LTE wireless infrastructure, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), IPTV, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and defense applications. The ATCA-4600 provides 40-Gigabit fabric connectivity, 12 DDR3 DIMM sockets, a mezzanine slot, and several optional RTM offerings with additional storage and network interface choices.
High Performance / Low Cost
The dual eight-core E5-2448L processor provides higher performance at a lower cost per cycle than the previous generation of single quad-core L5518 processor ATCA modules. Support for Hyper-threading in this dual processor SMP design allows the 16 cores to process up to 32 threads simultaneously, so to the OS the processor appears as 32 separate cores.
The ATCA-4600 Sandy Bridge ATCA compute module integrated memory controller significant reduces memory latency. Support for 12 DDR3 VLP RDIMMs allows memory density of up to 96GB, while providing a cost-effective solution for applications that have lower density memory requirements.
The ATCA-4600 supports multiple storage options. Optional dual user flash can support up to 16GB each, providing a total of 32GB of storage. This storage can function as a boot device, so it can be used to store an operating systems and application image, eliminating the need for a hard drive.
The ATCA-4600 Sandy Bridge ATCA compute module supports a storage mezzanine MXM card with up to two 1.8” SATA SSDs. One of the several optional RTMs has a SAS controller that supports RAID (0/1), two external SAS connectors and an additional hard drive, allowing a RAID to be set up betwen the mezzanine, RTM, or remote storage.
The RTM board also supports iSCSI storage and Fibre Channel over both the base and fabric, allowing the use of an ATCA, external iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage device.
EFI – Industry-Standard Replacement for BIOS
The ATCA-4600 is based on EFI which is a significant improvement over the old legacy BIOS firmware. The EFI provides a pre-operating system shell where customers can build and execute EFI applications such as setup, OS install, diagnostic, or configuration utilities.
Support for extended VT-x, VT-d, and SR-IOV on the board decreases the overhead associated with virtualization. The ATCA-4600 has been validated with leading hypervisors such as VMware vSphere and is also certified for VMware ESXi 5.0, making it the ideal platform where virtualization is required.
System Management, Reliability and High Availability
The ATCA-4600 Sandy Bridge ATCA compute module is designed for High Availability (HA) applications providing 99.999% up time. An Intelligent Platform Management Controller (IPMC) provides system management functionality compliant with the IPMI specification, and includes features such as standard e-keying, remote upgrade capability, IPMI-over-LAN, Serial-over-LAN, and message bridging and messaging support.
The ATCA-4600 Sandy Bridge ATCA compute module is available as a fully-validated component in the Radisys family of T-Series platforms which include 2, 14 and 16 slot options. The module is fully interoperable with Radisys DSP, Packet Processing and Switch products, and the board has been validate with various and storage components.
- Single slot PICMG 3.0/3.1 (Option 1, 9) compliant
- Dual Intel Xeon processors
- 8-core E5-2448L, 6-core E5-2428L
- Integrated Memory Controller
- Support for Hyper-Threading
- Dual 40Gb/10Gb/1Gb Ethernet Fabric Interface
- Dual 1Gb Ethernet Base Interface
- 12 DDR3 VLP RDIMM Sockets
- Support for up to 96GB Memory
- Support for Multiple storage options
- Optional Dual User Flash of up to 16GB each
- Supports dual SSD MXM cards
- Up to two optional RTMs support an additional drive and provide HW RAID (0/1) and provides 2 SAS ports
- Supports iSCSI on base & fabric
- Mezzanine Site
- MXM card
- Based on EFI Firmware
- Pre-OS Shell
- Ability for customer to create unique EFI applications
- OS Support
- Wind River 4.0, 64-bit
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, 64-bit
- MontaVista CGE 6.0, 64-bit
|PHYSICAL||Dimensions||8Ux6HPx280mm ATCA, single slot|
|Compliance||PICMG 3.0 Revision 3.0, PICMG 3.1 Revision 1.0 (Revision 2.0 planned when published)|
|PROCESSOR SYSTEM||CPU||Dual Intel Xeon E5-2448L (8-core with Hyper-threading) or E5-2428L (6-core with HT)|
|Cache||20MB (E5-2448L) or 15MB (E5-2428L)|
|QPI Speed||Up to 8.0 GT/s|
|MEMORY||Technology||Registered ECC DDR3 1600MHz or 1333Hz|
|Sockets||12 240-pin VLP DIMM|
|ETHERNET FABRIC||Fabric PICMG (3.1)||40GBASE-KR4, 10GBASE-KR, 10GBASE-KX4, 1000BASE-KX Option 1, 1-K, 1-KR, 9, 9-K, 9-KR|
|Controller||Mellanox ConnectX-3 EN|
|BASIC FABRIC||Interface||Dual 10/100/1000BASE-T|
|MEZZANINE SITE||MXM Card|
|STORAGE||Flash||Optional Dual 16GB User Flash (32GB total)|
|HDD||Dual SSD MXM (see RTM for additional options)|
|iSCSI||Support for Base & Fabric|
|FRONT PANEL||I/O||2 USB 2.0 connectors, 2 1000BASE-T Ethernet connectors (RJ-45), 1 RS-232 Serial port connection (RJ-45)|
|LEDs||Hot Swap (Blue), Red or Amber Out of Service (ATCA “LED 1″), Green/Amber Power Good (ATCA “LED 2″), Amber Application defined, Activity and status indicators for dual Ethernet (RJ-45)|
|Mechanical||Hot Swap extraction ejector, Reset Button|
|OPTIONAL RTMS||A5400-CPU-RTM||Supports an Optional 1 SAS/SATA SFF HDD, 1 USB 2.0 Connector, 2 SFP Modules (Not Included), 2 SAS Ports, 1 RS-232 Serial port connection (RJ-45)|
|A5401-CPU-RTM-FC||Supports an Optional 1 SAS/SATA SFF HDD, 1 USB 2.0 Connector, 2 SAS Ports, 1 RS-232 Serial port connection (RJ-45), two 8 Gbps Fibre Channel|
|A5402-CPU-RTM-SAS||Supports an Optional 2 SAS/SATA SFF HDD, 1 USB 2.0 Connector, 2 x4 mini HDD Gen 2 SAS Ports, 1 RS-232 Serial port connection (RJ-45)|
|A5406-CPU-RTM-FC10G||Supports an Optional 1 SAS/SATA SFF HDD, 1 USB 2.0 Connector, 2 1GbE SFP Modules (Not Included), 2 10GbE SFP+ Modules (Not Included), 2 SAS Ports, 1 RS-232 Serial port connection (RJ-45), two 8 Gbps Fibre Channel|
|SOFTWARE||Operating System (standard)||Wind River 4.0 (64-bit)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 (64-bit)
MontaVista CGE 6.0 (64-bit)
|POWER||ATCA-4600||200-225W Max depending on configuration|
|ENVIRONMENTAL||Temp (operating)||Continuous: +5°C to +40°C, Short Term: -5°C to +55°C|
|Temp (storage)||-40°C to +70°C|
|Vibration (operating)||0.1g, 5 to 100 Hz and back, 0.1 octave/min sine sweep 3|
|Rel Humidity (operating)||Continuous: 5% to 85% RH non-condensing, Short Term: 5% to 90% RH non-condensing at +30°C|
|Rel Humidity (storage)||Continuous: 5% to 90% RH non-condensing at +40°C, Short Term: 5% to 95% RH non-condensing at +40°C|
|REGULATORY||Safety||UL/EN/IEC 60950-1, CSA 22.2|
|EMC||FCC Part 15, Class A, EN 550022: 1998, Class A 60950|
|WARRANTY||-||Two years, parts only|