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Asterfusion Announces its 800G Ethernet Switch for AI/ML/HPC/Data Center

written by Asterfuison

April 17, 2024

Asterfusion is excited to announce the upcoming release of their revolutionary high-performance 800GbE (51.2T) switch, the CX864E-N. This cutting-edge switch is designed to meet the demanding requirements of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and high-performance computing. By providing high-density and high-performance solutions, Asterfusion aims to cater to the ever-evolving needs of data center networks.

Set to be released in Q3 2024, the CX864E-N switch boasts 64 powerful OSFP 800GbE ports, delivering a remarkable 51.2 Tbps Ethernet-based switching fabric solution. What sets this switch apart is its sleek and compact 2U form factor, while still offering power and fan tray redundancy for optimum performance and reliability, ensuring next-generation high-performance networking.

The phenomenal CX864E-N switch is built on the foundation of the Marvell Teralynx 10 Ethernet switch chip. This remarkable chip, based on a 5nm architecture, packs a punch with its impressive 51.2 Tbps capacity and industry-leading low latency. As a single chip, Teralynx 10 has the capability to replace four 12.8T switches (equivalent to 32x 400GbE switches), resulting in an incredible 80% reduction in power consumption without compromising on capacity. Moreover, Teralynx 10 supports a wide range of real-time network telemetry, including P4 in-band network telemetry (INT), enabling predictive analytics, faster problem resolution, and automation. This versatility makes it ideal for diverse applications, including leaf and spine configurations in next-generation data center networks, as well as AI/ML and high-performance computing (HPC) fabrics.

Asterfusion CX864E-N is optimized for:

  • AI/ML and big data analytics
  • Hyperscale data centers and cloud computing
  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Network backbone (800GbE data center leaf/backbone)

The CX864E-N, as well as Asterfusion’s entire CX-N network switch portfolio, supports SONiC Community OS as well as the Asterfusion Enterprise SONiC Distribution – AsterNOS. In addition, Asterfusion CX864E-N integrates the Open Network Installation Environment (ONIE) installer into the CX864E-N to support other open and third-party network operating systems.

Asterfusion 800G Hardware Highlight:

  • OSFP800 switch ports, each supporting 1 x 800 GbE (100G PAM4), or via breakout cables 2 x 400G GbE,4x 200 GbE, or 8 x 100 GbE.
  • OSFP800 switch ports also support 1 x 400 GbE (50G PAM4) and via breakout cables 2 x 200 GbE,4x 100 GbE, or 8 x 50 GbE.
  • Extra two 10G SFP+ ports for network telemetry management on front panel
  • Up to 24 W power budget per OSFP800 port.
  • Incorporates Marvell Teralynx10 switch series silicon.
    • Offering the industry’s lowest single-hop latency.
    • Proven, robust 112G Serdes, the industry’s lowest bit error rate (BER).
    • Comprehensive data center feature set: including IP forwarding, tunneling, rich QoS and robust RDMA.
    • Programmable forwarding: offers permutable flex-forwarding to enable operators to program new packet forwarding protocols as network requirements evolve, with no compromise to throughput, latency or power.
    • Extensive real-time network telemetry, including P4 in-band network telemetry (INT).
    • Advanced shared buffering
  • 2 RU form factor
  • SyncE and PTP support
  • BMC module with serial-over-LAN support
  • Supports hot/cold aisles with front-to-back airflow
  • Hot-swappable, load-sharing, redundant 3200 W AC PSUs.
  • 3+1 hot-swappable fans
  • Hardware switch pre-loaded with Open Network Install Environment (ONIE)
  • Hardware switch pre-load with Asterfusion Enterprise SONiC Distribution (AsterNOS)

Overall, the reveal of the CX864E-N switch from Asterfusion showcases their commitment to innovation and addressing the ever-expanding demands of the data center network landscape. The enhanced performance, efficiency, and advanced features of the CX864E-N make it a valuable asset for industries reliant on AI, ML, and HPC.

Stay tuned for our 800G switch release in Q3!

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