[MBIX-News] July 2020 Upgrades

Jonathan Stewart jonathan at mbix.ca
Fri Jul 24 18:16:04 CDT 2020

http://www.mbix.ca/july-2020-upgrades/ [Includes Diagram]

Yesterday, the MBIX Ops Team completed upgrades on its core switches, as
part of our ongoing mission to operate high-capacity network equipment.

First, we upgrades to the latest software releases, and upgraded what Cisco
calls the electronic programmable logic device (EPLD)–the silicone that
forwards packets.

The bigger job was to replace the 294 Portage switch, an older Nexus 3064-X
with a new Nexus 93180YC-FX.  Now having two high-performance switches, we
decided to upgrade the link between 167 Lombard and 294 Portage from 40
Gbps to 100 Gbps.

These upgrades ensure that any member can send a full 1 or 10 G of data to
another member without concern that the MBIX fabric could become saturated
and drop packets. Packet loss is a key metric of performance, and MBIX
members will continue to enjoy congestion-free exchange of data with these
network upgrades.

Thanks for your interest in MBIX

Jonathan Stewart
Ops Team
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