Operating system or partition requirements
If you are installing a new feature, ensure that you have the software that is required to support the new
feature and that you determine whether any prerequisites must be met for this feature and attaching
devices. To check for operating system and partition requirements, see one of the following links:
v The latest version of enabling libraries and utilities can be downloaded from Fix Central
v IBM Power Systems Prerequisites (https://www14.software.ibm.com/support/customercare/iprt/
v IBM SSIC (System Storage Interoperation Center)(http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/
v The latest version of the device driver or the IBM Power RAID adapter utilities (iprutils) can be
downloaded from the IBM Service and Productivity Tools website (http://www14.software.ibm.com/
v For more information on Linux support, see the Linux Alert website(www14.software.ibm.com/
This adapter requires the following driver in the Linux operating system:
v bnx2x driver
PCIe3 LP 2-port 10 GbE NIC and RoCE SR Adapter (FC EL40; CCIN 57BE)
Learn about the specifications and operating system requirements for the feature code (FC) EL40 adapter.
The PCIe3 LP 2-port 10 GbE NIC and RoCE SR Adapter is a PCIe generation 3 (PCIe3), low-profile, dual
port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) adapter with a PCIe 3.0 host bus interface. The adapter supports the
InfiniBand trade association (IBTA) standard for remote direct memory access (RDMA) over converged
Ethernet (RoCE). The adapter supports short range (SR) optical connectivity. The adapter delivers
high-bandwidth and low-latency 10 GbE connectivity. The adapter is optimized for high-transaction
databases, cloud computing, virtualization, storage, and other data center applications. The adapter
improves network performance by increasing available bandwidth to the processor and providing
enhanced performance. The adapter minimizes processor usage by efficiently using memory access.
The adapter has two preinstalled optical transceivers. Little connector (LC) type connectors connect the
adapter to standard 10-Gb SR optical cabling and provide up to 300 m (984.25 ft) cable length. The two
transceiver ports are used for connectivity with other servers or switches in the network. Each port
provides Ethernet connectivity with a nominal data rate of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). The link
aggregation and failover features of the adapter are ideal for critical network applications that require
redundancy and high availability. Figure 54 on page 119 shows the FC EL40 adapter.
The adapter provides the following features:
v The adapter is a PCIe3 NIC network convergence adapter.
v The adapter supports RoCE and NIC functions but not concurrently on same adapter.
v The adapter supports the following standards for the different ports and functions:
– AIX NIM and Linux Network Install are supported
– IBTA RoCE v2 support
– IEEE 802.3ae in the 10 GbE ports
– 802.3ab in the 1 GbE ports
– Ether II and IEEE 802.3 for encapsulated frames
– 802.1p for setting up priority levels in tagged VLAN frames
– 802.1Q for VLAN tagging
Managing PCIe adapters