PRODUCTS

Aurora 710
  • • Intel Xeon D-1527 CPU
  • • ONIE Pre-loaded
  • • Barefoot Tofino
  • • 32 ✕ 100G
  • • ONL ready

The Aurora 710 is the first product based on Barefoot Tofino switching silicon. It has 2x 10G SFP+ ports and 32 x 100GbE QSFP28 interfaces, which can be configured up to 128 x 25G with break-out cables for high-density scenarios.

It is a unique network development platform, designed to bring the twin pillars – performance and programmability – together for the first time in the history of networking. The combination of the Tofino programmable switch chip, the P4 programming language and Capilano tool set are revolutionary.

Barefoot Tofino™ – the world’s fastest switch silicon, that happens also to be programmable.

P4 – Programming Protocol-independent Packet Processors – www.p4.org exists now as an independent entity to develop a rich open source ecosystem. Unlike human languages, a programming language such as P4 can unambiguously specify the behavior of network forwarding behavior. A programmer can describe the behavior once, then compile the program to run on a variety of different platforms.

Capilano – the compilers and development tools needed to compile and debug programs to run on Tofino.

A ready-to-use NOS, SONiC –  a collection of networking software components required to have a fully functional L3 device, is available for data center applications.

Use cases
  • Rapid Prototyping And Deploying New Protocols.

    Use intimate local expertise to introduce your own custom protocols to isolate one tenant from another while allowing interconnection of tenants with their applications.

    Extend a standard encapsulation protocol to accelerate load-balancing. Implement custom congestion control mechanics, OAM, discovery, and high availability protocols.
  • Remove Unused Protocols, Simplify And Streamline The Network.

    Precious switch resources are often hard-coded to protocols you don't use. Imagine that you can reduce the size of the L2 forwarding table and re-purpose the memory to increase the L3 IP routing tables instead. With Tofino, for example, a DC can easily increase the capacity of an IP routing table from 300K to 1.2M, allowing them to build even bigger networks and address many more servers. Throwing out unused protocols also means less to go wrong; data-center owners report outages caused by protocols they do not even use but were hard-coded into their switches! With P4, you only include the protocols you need, focusing precious tables as-needed, simplifying the switch and making outages less likely.
  • Ensure Complete Visibility Of The Network And How It Process Every Packet.

    With P4, Capilano, and Tofino ASIC network operators can quickly add powerful monitoring, analysis, and diagnostics features for themselves, in the field - and our users have already started to do so. One very popular technique, made possible by P4-capable switches, is called “In-band Network Telemetry” (INT). In a nutshell, the network operator decides exactly what information she wants to observe: For example, the precise latency taken by a packet through each switch it is passes through, or the other packets it shared a queue with, the version of the software, the table entries it matched on. Every data packet can be recruited as a probe, without creating any new traffic. Such unprecedented visibility is made possible by placing programmability in the operator’s hands. And of course, a baseline implementation is already available as the open-source “INT.p4” program. Programmers are already looking at how to fully-automate data collection and remediation, as a step towards making self-managed networks.
  • Integrating Middlebox Functions Into Every Switch

    You can program the features they need directly into your network, eliminating huge numbers of expensive middleboxes. In most cases, the middlebox functions operate much faster than before, because they run on Tofino at full line-rate, rather than on a conventional CPU. Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, address & port translators, traffic de-duplicators, etc. will benefit a lot from this approach.
  • Implement Part of Distributed Applications Directly In The Network.

    A big data center runs many huge distributed applications; and also has a network with tens of thousands of switches. It is interesting to ask if the switches can accelerate distributed applications, offloading the servers. Recently, researchers demonstrated how the Paxos consensus protocol can be added to the network by implementing a portion of it in P4, and added to switches. This led to many of orders of magnitude acceleration of distributed applications. Other have built new key-value management services directly into the network data plane. Many new fast in-network services to be seamlessly integrated into networks, for free.
Performance
  • 32x 100/50/40GbE QSFP28 ports in 1 RU
    2x 10G SFP+ ports
    Up to 130x 25/10G SFP28 port via break-out cables
  • 3.2Tbps Barefoot Tofino DFN-T10-032D
  • 2980 million packets per second
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1527 quad core processor for application deployment
  • Up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (8GB default)
  • Configurable pipeline latency enabling sub-400 ns operation
Reliable hardware platform
  • Redundant 550W 1+1 power
  • Redundant N+1 cooling
Network OS (NOS) options
  • ONIE bootloader and a set of developer tools
  • SONiC is a collection of networking software components required to have a fully functional L3 device. It is designed to meet the requirements of a cloud data center. It is fully open-sourced at OCP.
Specification
MSRP US$11000 for Aurora 710 bare metal switch preloaded with ONIE
Ports 32x 100/50/40GbE QSFP28 ports in 1 RU
2x 10G SPF+ ports
Up to 128x 25/10G SFP28 ports via break-out cables
1x RJ-45 out-of-band (10/100/1000) management
1x RJ-45 console (RS232)
1x USB
Front IO Fan LED
System status LED
PSU1 status LED
PSU2 status LED
Reset button
Performance Switching silicon: 3.2Tbps Barefoot Tofino DFN-T10-032D
Forwarding rate: 2980Mpps
Latency: <400 нс (PHY-less)
Packet Buffer: 20MB
Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1527
8GB DDR4 ECC (up to 16GB)
128GB M.2 SSD
Power 550W 1+1 RPSU 80+ Platinum:
100V~240V AC / 50~60Hz
240V DC


800W 1+1 RPSU -48V DC (option)
Cooling 4 N+1 redundant fans
Front-to-Back/Back-to-Front airflow
Dimensions (DxWxH) 1U, 430 x 440 x 44 mm
Rackmount kit (option)
Environment Operating temperature: 0~45°C
Operating humidity: 20-95% maximum relative humidity (non-condensing)
Warranty 3 year
EMC and safety FCC
CB
CCC
Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) 6
Compatible NOS ONIE bootloader and a set of developer tools
SONiC
SONiC BGP
ECMP
LAG
LLDP
QoS - ECN
QoS - RDMA
Priority Flow Control
WRED
COS
SNMP
Syslog
Sysdump
NTP
COPP
DHCP Relay Agent
SONiC to SONiC upgrade
One Image
VLAN
ACL permit/deny
IPv6
Tunnel Decap
Mirroring
Post Speed Setting
BGP Graceful restart helper
BGP MP
Fast Reload
PFC WD
TACACS+
MAC Aging
LACP Fallback
MTU Setting
Vlan Trunk
IPv6 ACL
BGP/Neighbor-down fib-accelerate
Port breakout
Dynamic ACL Upgrade
SWSS Unit Test Framework (best effort)
ConfigDB Framework