Overview

Mellanox’s Spectrum® ICs family provides best-in-class Ethernet connectivity at 1GbE through 400GbE speeds. Mellanox Spectrum ICs combine industry-leading performance with unprecedented scale and rich data center features. The ASIC family is optimized for versatile application deployments, such as: cloud, Hyperscale, Enterprise data center, big data, artificial intelligence, industrial, storage and more.

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Eye On Mellanox: Spectrum Ethernet Switches

Ethernet Switch Silicons

Mellanox Spectrum-3

Max Port Speed:
400 Gb/s
Switching Capacity:
12,8Tbps
Fully shared buffer:
64MB
SerDes:
256x50G PAM-4
On-chip fully shared forwarding table:
512K

Mellanox Spectrum-2

Max Port Speed:
400 Gb/s
Switching Capacity:
6,4Tbps
Fully shared buffer:
42MB
SerDes:
128x50G PAM-4
On-chip fully shared forwarding table:
512K

Mellanox Spectrum

Max Port Speed:
100 Gb/s
Switching Capacity:
3,2Tbps
Fully shared buffer:
16MB
SerDes:
128x25G NRZ
On-chip fully shared forwarding table:
256K

Mellanox Spectrum-3

12,8Tb/s Ethernet Switch Optimized for Cloud, Storage and Machine Learning

Mellanox Spectrum-3 is the newest generation of Mellanox Ethernet switch ASICs and provides an unmatched combination of performance, virtualization and telemetry capabilities compared to other solutions such as: Advanced granular telemetry with WJH™, Rich data center features at unprecedented scale with FlexFlow™ packet processing , Consistent performance and ultra low latency and Fair bandwidth sharing with fully shared packet buffers.

Providing maximum flexibility, the SerDes and can act independently, in pairs, quads or groups of 8, to operate at all speeds between 1GbE and 400GbE. The full range of the Mellanox Spectrum family of products have a strong software ecosystem that can be leveraged by partners to develop and deploy solutions with a rapid time-to-market.

Specifications:

  • Max Port Speed: 400 Gb/s
  • Fully shared buffer: 64MB
  • Max ACLs: 512K Entries
  • Cloud Scale Nat: 100K+ Entries
  • Max IPv4 Routes: 1M Entries

Key Features

  • 12,8Tbps, up to 128 Ports
  • 256x50G PAM-4
  • 70x70mm2
  • 512K on-chip, dynamically fully shared forwarding table

Mellanox Spectrum-2

6,4Tb/s Ethernet Switch Purpose-built for the Software Defined Data Center

Mellanox Spectrum-2, the second generation of the field-proven switch ASIC, provides industry-leading Ethernet connectivity for up to 16 ports of 400GbE, 32 ports of 200GbE, 64 ports of 100GbE, or 128 ports of 50/25/10/1GbE.

Mellanox Spectrum-2 features a fully shared and monolithic packet buffer that provides a fair, deterministic and high-performance data path that is critical for storage and multi-tenant workloads. The ASIC supports best in class network virtualization features and overlay scale for software defined datacenter networks. It also dramatically reduces mean time to resolution/innocence with its What Just Happened (WJH) visibility features.

Specifications:

  • Max Port Speed: 400 Gb/s
  • Fully shared buffer: 42MB
  • Max ACLs: 512K Entries
  • Cloud Scale Nat: 100K+ Entries
  • Max IPv4 Routes: 512K Entries

Key Features

  • 6,4Tbps, up to 128 Ports
  • 128x50G PAM-4
  • 57,5x57,5mm2
  • 512K on-chip, dynamically fully shared forwarding table​

Mellanox Spectrum

10/25/40/50 and 100Gb/s Ethernet Switch Solutions SDN-Optimized Enabling Efficient Data Centers Fabrics

Providing the most efficient performing server and storage system Ethernet interconnect solution for Enterprise Data Centers, Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, Data Analytics, Deep Learning, High-Performance, and embedded environments.

Mellanox Spectrum, delivers leading Ethernet performance, efficiency and throughput, low-latency and scalability for data center Ethernet networks by integrating advanced networking functionality for Ethernet fabrics.

Specifications:

  • Max Port Speed: 100 Gb/s
  • Fully shared buffer: 16MB
  • Cloud Scale Nat: 256K Entries
  • Max IPv4 Routes: 256K Entries

Key Features

  • 3,2Tbps, up to 64 Ports
  • 128x25G NRZ
  • 52,5x52,5mm2
  • 256K on-chip, dynamically fully shared forwarding table

Mellanox Spectrum Network Operating System (NOS) Porting Tools

The entire Mellanox Spectrum switch silicon family supports advanced software defined networking and real-time telemetry, along with high bandwidth cut-through performance, making it the ideal choice for building web scale IT, cloud, Edge, hyperconverged storage and data analytics applications infrastructures. Mellanox offers a wide selection of NOS porting tools that can be used with all generations of Mellanox Spectrum silicon technology:

  • Software Development Kit (SDK) for classic NOS porting
  • Switchdev native Linux driver to be used with standard Linux APIs, libraries and tooling
  • Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) API to be used with open NOS such as SONiC

All three NOS porting options support Mellanox What Just Happened (WJH) advanced streaming telemetry. WJH goes beyond conventional telemetry solutions by providing actionable details on abnormal network behavior using the WJHlib, and also enabling easy configuration and management.


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