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ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 Ethernet Adapter

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Abstract

The ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter is a high-performance 25 GbE adapter that is designed for high-performance electronic trading environments and cloud and enterprise data centers. It is suitable for applications such as artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, machine learning, storage, and telco applications.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the Solarflare X2522-Plus adapter and its key features, specifications and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about X2522 adapter and consider its use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the October 31, 2023 update:

Introduction

The ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter is a high-performance 25 GbE adapter that is designed for high-performance electronic trading environments and cloud and enterprise data centers. It is suitable for applications such as artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, machine learning, storage, and telco applications.

The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter.

ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter

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Extremely low latency and high throughput enables the Solarflare X2522-Plus adapter to provide real-time packet and flow information to thousands of virtual NICs. This combination of ultra-high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, ultra-scale connectivity, and packet telemetry allows the adapter to scale with each server or virtual machine.

Part number information

The following table provides the ordering part numbers and feature codes for the Solarflare X2522 adapter.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
4XC7A62581 BHE2 ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter

The option part numbers includes the following items:

  • One Ethernet adapter
  • Full-height (3U) bracket attached with low-profile (2U) bracket included in the box
  • Documentation

Note: The adapter ships without any SFP28 transceivers or direct attach cables. These items must be ordered separately as listed in the following section.

Supported transceivers and cables

The Solarflare X2522 adapter has empty SFP28 cages for connectivity. The adapter either supports connections to a 10 Gb or 25 Gb switch or can share a connection to a 100 Gb switch using a 4:1 breakout cable.

The following table lists the supported transceivers.

Table 2. Transceivers
Part number Feature code Description
10Gb Transceivers
7G17A03130 AVV1 Lenovo 10GBaseT SFP+ Transceiver
46C3447 5053 SFP+ SR Transceiver
4TC7A78615 BNDR ThinkSystem Accelink 10G SR SFP+ Ethernet transceiver
25Gb Transceivers
7G17A03537 AV1B Lenovo Dual Rate 10G/25G SR SFP28 Transceiver
4TC7A88638 BYBJ ThinkSystem Finisar Dual Rate 10G/25G SR SFP28 Transceiver

25Gb transceivers: When installed in the Solarflare X2522 Ethernet adapter, the supported 25Gb transceiver will currently only operate at 25Gb/s speeds.

The following table lists the supported fiber optic cables and Active Optical Cables.

Table 3. Optical cables
Part numberFeature codeDescription
SFP+ 10Gb Active Optical Cables
00YL634ATYXLenovo 1m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
00YL637ATYYLenovo 3m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
00YL640ATYZLenovo 5m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
00YL643ATZ0Lenovo 7m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
00YL646ATZ1Lenovo 15m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
00YL649ATZ2Lenovo 20m SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable
SFP28 25Gb Active Optical Cables
7Z57A03541C10RLenovo 3m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03542C10SLenovo 5m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03543C10NLenovo 10m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03544C10TLenovo 15m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03545C1MBLenovo 20m 25G SFP28 Active Optical Cable
QSFP28 100Gb Ethernet Breakout Active Optical Cables
7Z57A03551AV1RLenovo 3m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03552AV1SLenovo 5m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03553AV1TLenovo 10m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03554AV1ULenovo 15m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable
7Z57A03555AV1VLenovo 20m 100G to 4x25G Breakout Active Optical Cable

The following table lists the supported direct-attach copper (DAC) cables.

Table 4. Copper cables
Part numberFeature codeDescription
SFP+ 10Gb Passive DAC Cables
00D6288A3RG0.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
90Y9427A1PH1m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
00AY764A51N1.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
00AY765A51P2m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
90Y9430A1PJ3m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
90Y9433A1PK5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
00D6151A3RH7m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable
SFP28 25Gb Passive DAC Cables
7Z57A03557AV1WLenovo 1m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03558AV1XLenovo 3m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable
7Z57A03559AV1YLenovo 5m Passive 25G SFP28 DAC Cable

Features

Key features and benefits:

  • Sub-microsecond latency
  • Near-zero jitter
  • Highly scalable
  • Predictable, deterministic system performance
  • High message rates
  • Precision Time Stamping for accurate synchronization
  • NVMe/TCP storage ready
  • SolarCapture Pro network performance monitoring

The Solarflare X2522 adapter supports the Onload kernel bypass application acceleration and DPDK services which deliver superior small packet performance with sub-microsecond hardware latency, essential for electronic trading environments.

Onload dramatically accelerates and scales network-intensive workloads such as in-memory databases, software load balancers, and web servers. With Onload, data centers can support 4X or more users on their cloud network while delivering improved reliability, enhanced quality of service (QoS), and a higher return on investment, without modification to existing applications.

In addition, the X2522 adapter supports the precision time protocol (PTP) fabric service for apps that require synchronized time stamping of packets down to single-digit nanosecond resolution.

SolarCapture Pro packet capture software enables the X2522 adapter to capture and time stamp packets in hardware, persist packet to disk, and replay packets streams. This feature provides the essential ingredient for corporate data centers to run applications such as high-precision network performance monitoring, analysis, and regulatory compliance.

The X2522 adapter is ideal for scale-out cloud, web, and CDN application environments. Use cases include software- defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), web content optimization, DNS acceleration, web firewalls, load balancing, NoSQL databases, caching tiers (Memcached), web proxies, video streaming, and storage networks.

X2522 adapters speed up TCP, unicast, multicast and UDP traffic for a wide variety of trading applications. The X2522 is ideal for electronic trading environments, from mission-critical exchange gateways and matching engines on the financial exchange side, to feed handlers, order routing, algorithmic trading engines, messaging applications, order execution, data distribution and client communications on the trading side.

Specifications

The Solarflare X2522-Plus adapter has the following specifications:

  • Adapter hardware
    • PCIe Gen 3.1 x8 host interface
    • Two SFP28 cages
  • NIC capabilities
    • MSI-X support
    • Interrupt coalescing
    • 2x10/25G 64-byte line rate
  • Virtualization
    • Linux Multi-queue
    • VMware NetQueue
    • SR-IOV (Linux/VMware): hardware capability - 240 functions
    • 2,048 guest OS protected vNICs
    • Full hardware switch fabric in silicon capable of steering any flow based on Layer 2 to Layer 4 protocols, between physical and virtual interfaces
    • VXLAN, NVGRE, and GENEVE tunneling offloads; adaptable to custom overlays
    • VLAN and VLAN Q-in-Q insertion/stripping
  • Manageability and Remote Boot
    • PXE and UEFI
    • MCTP PCIe VDM
  • Management and Utilities
    • Ethtool support
    • vCenter plug-in
    • Solarflare boot manager
  • Stateless Offloads
    • TCP/UDP Checksum Offload (CSO)
    • TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO)
    • Generic Segmentation Offload (GSO)
    • Large Send Offload (LSO)
    • Large Receive Offload (LRO)
    • Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
  • Network Acceleration
    • Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Poll Mode Driver – Packet
    • Onload - TCP/UDP
    • TCPDirect - TCP/UDP
  • Time Synchronization and Hardware Timestamping
    • On-board Stratum 3 compliant oscillator
    • Solarflare software PTP Daemon delivers enhanced stability and clock synchronization accuracy and can be used to synchronize the adapter clock to external time source
  • Traffic Engineering
    • XtremePacket Engine for dedicated parsing, filtering, and flow steering
    • TCP/UDP/IP, MAC, VLAN, RSS filtering
    • Accelerated Receive Flow Steering (ARFS)
    • Transmit Packet Steering
  • Ethernet Standards
    • IEEE 802.3-2012 Ethernet base standard, including 802.3bx
    • IEEE 802.3-2015 Ethernet flow control
    • IEEE 802.3ad, 802.1AX link aggregation
    • IEEE 802.1Q, 802.1P VLAN tags and priority
    • IEEE 1588-2008 PTPv2
    • Jumbo frame support (9000 bytes

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 5. Server support (Part 1 of 4)
Part Number Description Edge 1S V3 AMD V3 Intel V3 Multi Node
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
SE350 V2 (7DA9)
SE360 V2 (7DAM)
SE450 (7D8T)
SE455 V3 (7DBY)
ST250 V3 (7DCF / 7DCE)
SR250 V3 (7DCM / 7DCL)
SR635 V3 (7D9H / 7D9G)
SR655 V3 (7D9F / 7D9E)
SR645 V3 (7D9D / 7D9C)
SR665 V3 (7D9B / 7D9A)
SR675 V3 (7D9Q / 7D9R)
ST650 V3 (7D7B / 7D7A)
SR630 V3 (7D72 / 7D73)
SR650 V3 (7D75 / 7D76)
SR850 V3 (7D97 / 7D96)
SR860 V3 (7D94 / 7D93)
SR950 V3 (7DC5 / 7DC4)
SD530 V3 (7DDA / 7DD3)
SD550 V3 (7DD9 / 7DD2)
4XC7A62581 ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N Y Y N N N N N
Table 6. Server support (Part 2 of 4)
Part Number Description Super Computing 1S Intel V2 2S Intel V2 AMD V1
SD665 V3 (7D9P)
SD665-N V3 (7DAZ)
SD650 V3 (7D7M)
SD650-I V3 (7D7L)
SD650-N V3 (7D7N)
ST50 V2 (7D8K / 7D8J)
ST250 V2 (7D8G / 7D8F)
SR250 V2 (7D7R / 7D7Q)
ST650 V2 (7Z75 / 7Z74)
SR630 V2 (7Z70 / 7Z71)
SR650 V2 (7Z72 / 7Z73)
SR670 V2 (7Z22 / 7Z23)
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
SR655 Client OS
SR645 (7D2Y / 7D2X)
SR665 (7D2W / 7D2V)
4XC7A62581 ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter N N N N N N N N N Y Y N N N N Y Y
Table 7. Server support (Part 3 of 4)
Part Number Description Dense V2 4S V2 8S 4S V1 1S Intel V1
SD630 V2 (7D1K)
SD650 V2 (7D1M)
SD650-N V2 (7D1N)
SN550 V2 (7Z69)
SR850 V2 (7D31 / 7D32)
SR860 V2 (7Z59 / 7Z60)
SR950 (7X11 / 7X12)
SR850 (7X18 / 7X19)
SR850P (7D2F / 2D2G)
SR860 (7X69 / 7X70)
ST50 (7Y48 / 7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45 / 7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y52 / 7Y51)
4XC7A62581 ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter N N N N N N Y N N N N N N N
Table 8. Server support (Part 4 of 4)
Part Number Description 2S Intel V1 Dense V1
ST550 (7X09 / 7X10)
SR530 (7X07 / 7X08)
SR550 (7X03 / 7X04)
SR570 (7Y02 / 7Y03)
SR590 (7X98 / 7X99)
SR630 (7X01 / 7X02)
SR650 (7X05 / 7X06)
SR670 (7Y36 / 7Y37)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
4XC7A62581 ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter N N N N N Y Y N N N N N

Operating system support

The following table lists the supported operating systems for the adapter.

Tip: This table is automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Table 9. Operating system support for ThinkSystem Solarflare X2522-Plus 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter, 4XC7A62581
Operating systems
SR630 V3 (4th Gen Xeon)
SR630 V3 (5th Gen Xeon)
SR645 V3
SR650 V3 (4th Gen Xeon)
SR650 V3 (5th Gen Xeon)
SR665 V3
SR630 V2
SR650 V2
SR645
SR665
SR630 (Xeon Gen 2)
SR650 (Xeon Gen 2)
SR950 (Xeon Gen 2)
SR630 (Xeon Gen 1)
SR650 (Xeon Gen 1)
SR950 (Xeon Gen 1)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 N N N N N N N N Y 1 Y 1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 N N N N N N Y Y Y 1 Y 1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 N N N N N N Y Y Y 1 Y 1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 N N N N N N Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS N N N N N N Y Y N N N N N N N N
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y Y Y Y

1 The OS is not supported with EPYC 7003 processors. HW is not supported with EPYC 7003 processors.

2 HW is not supported with EPYC 7003 processors.

Physical specifications

The adapter has a Low Profile form factor with the following dimensions:

  • Length: 168 mm (6.6 in.)
  • Height: 69 mm (2.7 in.)

Operating environment

The Solarflare X2522 adapter is supported in the following environment:

  • Temperature
    • Operating: 0°C to 55 °C (32 °F to 131 °F)
    • Storage: -40 °C to 65 °C (-40 °F to 149 °F)
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 10% to 80%
    • Storage: 5% to 90%

Warranty

One-year limited warranty. When installed in a supported server, these adapters assume the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrade.

Agency approvals

The adapter conforms to the following standards:

  • FCC, UL, CE
  • RoHS - complies with EU directive 2011/65/EU

Related product families

Product families related to this document are the following:

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