Aurora 820
  • Broadcom Tomahawk3
  • 32 ✕ 400G
  • Intel Xeon-D 1527 CPU

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The Aurora 820 is a high-density 400GbE switch capable to meet tomorrow’s MSDC (Massively Scale Data Center) performance and bandwidth. The next-gen Hyperscale fabrics will rely on 400GbE avoiding costly topology changes and diving deeper into IO intensive workloads such as Deep Learning and NVMe storage networks.

32 QSFP-DD interfaces are backward compatible with QSFP28 and provide a flexible solution for any data center, enterprise, or CSP environment supporting break-out configuration with up to 128x 100G ports.

Aurora 820 offers one RJ-45 ToD port capable of receiving external timing signal or providing synchronization signal to other equipment for time-sensitive applications.

Consistent latency and 12.8Tbps throughput deliver wire-speed Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance. Traffic instrumentation, automation, and visibility features are the key to managing the massive scale and bandwidth of the upcoming networks.

The system has BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) embedded to provide server-style management in the Ethernet switch. Besides the health monitoring of the temperature, power status, and cooling fans; BMC also aids in the deployment and management of software and hardware assets.


Key features
  • New Elephant Flow feature can detect high-bandwidth, long-lived flows and take QoS actions to protect Mice Flows
  • More than doubles the IP route forwarding scale compared to previous Aurora devices
  • Dynamic Load Balancing and Dynamic Group Multipathing enhance ECMP
  • New shared-buffer architecture offers 4X higher burst absorption and improved performance for ROCEv2 workloads
  • Over 40 percent reduction in power per port compared to previous Tomahawk devices
Simplified deployment
  • With full Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) support, network operators can install the target Network Operating Systems (NOS) as part of data center provisioning, in the fashion that servers are provisioned.
Network monitoring
  • Tomahawk 3 introduces Broadview™ Gen3, which includes the latest cloud-scale instrumentation and telemetry features, such as inband telemetry, latency distribution histograms, and more.
  • 32x 400GbE QSFP-DD ports in 1 RU
    Up to 128x 100G ports via break-out cables
  • 12.8Tbps Broadcom Tomahawk BCM56980
  • 8 billion packets per second
  • Intel Xeon processor D-1527 with four cores for application deployment improves control-plane performance
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory (16GB default)
  • Configurable pipeline latency enabling sub-700 ns port-to-port operation
Reliable hardware platform
  • Redundant 1300W 1+1 power
  • Redundant N+1 cooling
Network OS (NOS) options
  • ICOS - Web-scale NOS with traditional L2/L3 functions and management, with an API structure for third-party apps and integration with provisioning and orchestration systems.

    Latest ICOS release runs in OS-as-a-service mode and supports the use of Linux shell tools for management, provisioning, application deployment and orchestration enabling customer a seamless path to network modernization for network virtualization, SDN, SDDC, and NFV.
  • Open Network Linux is a Linux distribution for "bare metal" switches, that is, network forwarding devices built from commodity components. ONL uses ONIE to install onto on-board flash memory. Open Network Linux is a part of the Open Compute Project and is a component in a growing collection of open source and commercial projects.
Ports 32x 400GbE QSFP-DD ports in 1 RU
Up to 128x100G ports via break-out cables
2x RJ-45 out-of-band (10/100/1000) management
1x RJ-45 ToD time-sync port
1x RJ-45 console (RS232)
1x USB
Front IO System status LED
Reset button
Performance Switching silicon: 12.8Tbps Broadcom Tomahawk3 BCM56980
Forwarding rate: 8 Bpps
Latency: <700 ns (PHY-less)
Layer 2: 72K MAC addresses
Layer 3: 80K IPv4/v6 host routes
Redundancy: 128 x 802.3ad groups; 128-way ECMP
Packet Buffer: 64MB
Intel® Xeon™ Processor D-1527
8GB DDR4 ECC (up to 32GB)
Power 1300W 1+1 RPSU 80+ Platinum:
100V~240V AC / 50~60Hz

1300W 1+1 RPSU -48V DC (option)

Typical power - 700W (with optics)
Cooling 6 N+1 redundant fans
Front-to-Back/Back-to-Front airflow
Dimensions (DxWxH) 1U, 550 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, CE, RoHS6
Compatible NOS ONIE bootloader
Open Network Linux, the open-source, OCP reference NOS