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HP ProCurve Switch Routing Switch 9304M
HP ProCurve Switch Routing Switch 9308M
Date 4/1/1999
Version 4.0
HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M
HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M


   Summary of Contents for HP ProCurve 9304M

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    HP ProCurve Switch Routing Switch 9304M HP ProCurve Switch Routing Switch 9308M Date 4/1/1999 Version 4.0 HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Other Switches Available From HP... 5 1.4 HP Switch Positioning ... 7 1.4.1 Positioning for the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M ... 7 1.4.2 Positioning for the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M ... 7 2. EVALUATION FEATURES AND BENEFITS ... 8 2.1 Feature Set Summary...

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    HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M / 9304M Reviewer’s Guide 2.8 Flexibility... 16 2.9 Reliability ... 16 2.9.1 Lifetime Software Updates (Best in the Industry) ... 17 2.9.2 Warranty - One Year... 17 2.9.3 Availability ... 17 2.9.4 Service and Support ... 17 2.9.5...

  • Page 4: Background

    Layer 3. Unlike traditional routers which are processor based, a routing switch does its routing in hardware at or near wire speed for IP. Some routing switches, such as the HP ProCurve routing switches, also route IPX in hardware. In addition, HP ProCurve routing switches provide processor- based AppleTalk routing.

  • Page 5: Other Switches Available From Hp

    Pricing for each of these switches and modules is given in section 5. 1.3.2 Other Switches Available From HP Below is a complete list of switches available from HP. Separate Reviewer’s Guides are available for HP ProCurve Switch 8000M / AdvanceStack Switch 2000 / 800T switches.

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    HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M / 9304M Reviewer’s Guide HP ProCurve Switch 224M Fixed configuration desktop switch with (24) 10Mbps Ethernet ports and (2) 100Base-T ports (one fixed TX and one transceiver-based port) HP AdvanceStack Switch 800T Eight fixed autosensing half/full duplex 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports, all transceiver-based for top-of- stack applications.

  • Page 7: Hp Switch Positioning

    Routing Switch 9308M meet all these needs, providing a stable, resilient, non-blocking backbone. The HP ProCurve routing switches are well complemented by the Layer 2 HP ProCurve switches that do the wiring closet, server farm, and desktop aggregation, uplinking to the routing switch through either Gigabit Ethernet or 100 Mbps links or trunks.

  • Page 8: Evaluation Features And Benefits

    2. Evaluation Features and Benefits 2.1 Feature Set Summary The HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M and HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M are store-and- forward Layer 3 routing switches that feature: A non-blocking Layer 3 architecture consisting of shared memory on each card, all interconnected via the backplane cross point matrix switch fabric.

  • Page 9: Architecture

    The crosspoint matrix in the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M is twice as large as the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M to handle up to double the number of packets expected from the eight slots versus the four slots in the 9304M.

  • Page 10: Forwarding Engine

    Slot 3 The advantage of a crosspoint matrix is that all modules can send packets to every other module simultaneously. The crosspoint matrix can handle about 22 Mpps in the 9304M and 44 Mpps in the 9308M. Slot 4 ©1999 Hewlett-Packard Company Revision 4.0 –...

  • Page 11: Layer 3 Services

    The HP ProCurve routing switches support AppleTalk Phase II. AppleTalk is processor-based in the 9304M and 9308M. Performance is up to 300,000 packets per second. If multiple ports are being switched together and then routed for AppleTalk through a virtual interface to these switched ports, the 300,000 pps rate is for traffic through the virtual interfaces into the router.

  • Page 12: Qos

    The 9300 routing switches can work in concert with the other HP managed switches to provide an end- to-end QoS solution. The HP desktop and local backbone switches with firmware code C.07.01 can use the IP address, VLAN affiliation, or IP/TOS (type of service) field of the packet to set a value for the 802.1q priority bits.

  • Page 13: Pim (dense)

    PIM, which handle the Layer 3 environment. Both routing switches support Version 2 of IGMP and can act as an IGMP querier to determine who belongs to the multicast groups, as do all of HP's managed switches. The routing switch can then direct a specific multicast stream to only those segments that have nodes that have joined the multicast group associated with that stream.

  • Page 14: Layer 4 Filtering

    Layer 2 level. Note that other HP switches support a single instance of spanning tree per box, per the 802.1D spec. If an HP Layer 2 switch is connected to a HP ProCurve routing switch and both are running spanning...

  • Page 15: Filtering

    Trunks on the routing switches are compatible with the HP Trunks on other HP ProCurve switches; use the DA (destination address) setting. These trunks are also compatible with Cisco Fast EtherChannel trunks; use the server form of the trunk on the 9304M / 9308M and turn PAgP off on the FEC side.

  • Page 16: Layer 3 And Layer 4 Filtering

    HP ProCurve 9300 Gigabit SX/LX Management Module (4 ports SX, 4 ports LX, SC connectors) Same comments as for the card above. A fully loaded HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M can have (88) 10/100Mbps ports or (32) Gigabit ports in a box only 22.8cm (9") in height and 13.8kg (30.8lbs).

  • Page 17: Reliability

    Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) values. If any of the supplies in a chassis with extra supplies (2 in the 9304M, 3 or 4 in the 9308M) does fail, the others continue to run preventing switch interruption. Power supplies can be hot-swapped (unplug it first!) during switch operation when extra supplies are present.

  • Page 18: Year 2000 Compliance

    Therefore, information about the Year 2000 status of HP products is provided "as is" without warranties of any kind and is subject to change without notice. HP makes no representation or warranty respecting the accuracy or reliability of information about non-HP products. Such information, if any, was provided by the manufacturers of those products and customers are urged to contact the manufacturer directly to verify Year 2000 readiness.

  • Page 19: Mib Support

    If more RMON groups (such as packet capture) are desired, a RMON probe can be attached to one of the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M / 9308M ports and Port Monitoring can be configured into the routing switch. Port Monitoring allows the end user to copy all traffic (inbound, outbound or both) from any number of ports (even those on different router ports) to a single destination port.

  • Page 20: Some 9304m / 9308m Routing Switch Maximums

    HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M / 9304M Reviewer’s Guide 2.11 Some 9304M / 9308M Routing Switch Maximums Parameter MAC addresses Port VLANs All filters Layer 3 VLANs Layer 4 sessions Virtual router interfaces ARP entries IP cache size IP routes...

  • Page 21: Performance Testing

    This limitation is exactly the same for the 9304M. Since its crosspoint matrix is one-half the size of the 9308M, the matrix can handle 91.3% of media speed at 64 byte packets. The same comments given above as to why this really isn’t a problem in real environments also holds for the 9304M.

  • Page 22: Congestion Control

    Latency is the amount of time the switch takes to process a packet. In store-and-forward devices, such as with the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M and 9304M, latency is reported by vendors on a LIFO basis (last bit in, first bit out), i.e. the time elapsed between the end of the last bit of the packet going into the switch to the beginning of the first bit of that packet emerging from the switch.

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    As show by the figures in Appendix A, latency for the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M and 9304M is excellent at around 7-17 µsec for packets forwarded on the same module and 10.5-21 µsec for packets that flow across the backplane.

  • Page 24: Additional Information

    HP ProCurve Networking can be reached at: 4.2 Reseller Plaza The dedicated reseller web site for HP Networking products can be reached either through the ProCurve Networking site, or directly at: Admission to the reseller site requires registration.

  • Page 25: Pricing

    HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M / 9304M Reviewer’s Guide All HP routing switches ship with HP TopTools for Hubs & Switches. Prod No. Description J4139A HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9304M chassis Includes (4) open module slots J4138A HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M chassis...

  • Page 26: Appendix A: Performance Figures

    Ixia reports in order to save space. Testing done on the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M. Percentage of throughput would be the same for the 9304M, but at one-half the number of packets since the 9304M has on-half the number of ports of the 9308M.

  • Page 27: 1999 Hewlett-packard Company Revision 4.0 - 4/1/1999 Page: 2 Of

    HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9308M / 9304M Reviewer’s Guide 6.1.3 Latency Test - Unicast Traffic – Packets Within the Modules Gigabit-SX ports Port pairs active: 64 Latency test length: 10 seconds � Port-Pair Latency in microsec ( Packet size (bytes) Average of all ports 7.01...

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