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Registered: ‎05-02-2013

DCX local switching groups

We are going to be migrating from our 48000 Directors to our
DCX Directors.  We want to make sure we balance and distribute our servers
and storage arrays on the DCX.  We understand about distributing the
servers and arrays in the local switching groups on all of the DCX
blades.   Does the location of devices in ports make a difference?
For example should servers be located in specific ports and should arrays
be located in specific ports within the local switching group?    Based on what I read it does
not matter which port severs and arrays are located in.

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Re: DCX local switching groups

I'm other opinion.

Blade are designed, some Port are assigned to own ASIC, some other are shared port.

i.e. FC8-48 Port Blade, Port 0-7 are assigne to ASIC 0, port 8-15 are assigned to ASIC 1, remain Port are shared port.

search here in the community, i've posted at several time Blade ASIC Design

TechHelp24
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Registered: ‎05-02-2013

Re: DCX local switching groups

Thank you.  We understand the switching groups and which ports are assigned to which ASIC.  We are wondering if servers should be in specific ports and storage on specific ports. 

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Re: DCX local switching groups

Assign Storage to dedicated Port's Server to shared Port's

TechHelp24
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Re: DCX local switching groups

Thank you.  We have FC8-48 blades and I don't recall seeing anything regarding shared ports.

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Re: DCX local switching groups

----->>> We have FC8-48 blades and I don't recall seeing anything regarding shared ports.

have a fun, and sorry please I've annoying you with my answer.

http://community.brocade.com/message/25044#25044

TechHelp24
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Registered: ‎05-02-2013

Re: DCX local switching groups

I think you may have misunderstood my reply.  I was not doubting you.  From what I read that all ports on the local switching group are the same.  We really don't understand what the shared area is.  If the traffic does not cross the backplane or consume any slot bandwidth within the local switching group then when is the shared area?

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Re: DCX local switching groups

one asic can talk to another asic only via core blades. even if two mentioned asics are on the same blade.

two ports on the same asic can talk at the full speed together without using backplane and core blades, regardless of their dedicated/shared location.

then what are dedicated and shared? 8g asic has 40 ports. so, on the 48 port blade each of two asics gives you 24 front-end ports and has 16 back-end ports. that's why some front-end ports have their own dedicated back-end ports (and therefore have better access to core blades and to other blades) while other front-end ports have to share back-end ports between them.

i hope somebody will correct me if i'm wrong.

so you'd better allocate dedicated ports: 1) to the ISLs, 2) to the fast shared storage, and then 3) to the very fat/demanding hosts that you might have.

but you don't say what dcx you have and what port blades you have...

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