10GE TOR port buffers (was Re: 10G switch recommendaton)

Tom Ammon tom.ammon at utah.edu
Fri Jan 27 17:55:20 UTC 2012

The HP6600 is a store and forward, not a cut-through. The HP reps that I have dealt with seem to be pretty open to sharing architecture drawings of their stuff, so I bet you could probably get your hands on the same one that I have. Their NDA is a mutual disclosure, though, so that might make things tough depending on your organization's policies. 


-----Original Message-----
From: bas [mailto:kilobit at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 9:35 AM
To: nanog
Subject: 10GE TOR port buffers (was Re: 10G switch recommendaton)


Is there a reason switch vendors 1U TOR 10GE aggregation switches are all cut-through and there are no models with deep buffers?
I've ben looking at all vendors I can think of and all have the same models.

TOR switches as cut-through with little buffers, and chassis based boxes with deep buffers.

Juniper EX4500		208KB/10GE (4MB shared per PFE)
Cisco 4900M			728KB/10GE (17.5MB shared)
Cisco Nexus 3064		140KB/10GE	(9MB shared)
Cisco Nexus 5000		680KB/10GE
Force10 S2410		I can't find it anymore, but it wasn't much
Arista 7148SX			123KB/10GE	(80KB per port plus 5MB dynamic)		
Arista 7050S			173KB/10GE (9MB shared)
Brocade VDX 6730-32	170KB/10GE
Brocade TurboIron 24X	85KB/10GE
HP 6600-24XG		4500KB/10GE	
HP 5820-24XG-SFP+	87KB/10GE	
Extreme Summit X650	375KB/10GE

Juniper EX8200-8XS		512MB/10GE
Cisco WS-X6708-10GE		32MB/10GE (or 24MB)
Cisco N7K-M132XP-12		36MB/10GE
Arista DCS-7548S-LC		48MB/10GE
Brocade BR-MLX-10Gx8-X	128MB/10GE (not sure)

1GE aggregation.
Force10 S60		1250MB shared
HP 5830			3000MB shared

I am at a loss why there are no 10GE TOR switches with deep buffers.
Apparently there is a need for deep buffers as the vendors make them available in the chassis linecards.
There also are deep buffer 1GE aggregation switches.

Is there some (technical) reason for this?
I can imagine some vendors would say that you need to scale up to a chassis if you need deep buffers, but at least one vendor should be able to get quite some customers with a 10G deep buffer TOR switch.

I understand that flow-control should prevent loss with microbursts, but in my customers get adverse effects, with strong negative performance if they let flow-control do its thing.

Any pointers why this is, or if there is a solution for microburst loss would be greatly appreciated.



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