Abaco Systems Announces Uniquely Flexible 40 Gigabit Ethernet
Switch for High Performance Dynamic Networks, HPEC Systems
• Key component in Abaco’s growing range of mission
• Enables development of leading edge high performance
embedded computing (HPEC) systems
• SWE540 uniquely supports
full Layer 2/3 management and fabric speed Layer 3 forwarding
Abaco Systems announced the innovative SWE540
6U OpenVPX 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch. It provides high speed Ethernet
connectivity for Abaco’s latest generation of high performance
computing solutions such as the SBC627 single board computer and
the recently-announced DSP282A digital signal processor. This enables
the company to deliver significant performance upgrades for its
growing range of rapidly-deployable, complete, pre-integrated mission
ready systems. These solutions target high performance embedded
computing (HPEC) applications requiring the transfer of large amounts
of data with the lowest possible latency such as radar, surveillance,
situational awareness and imaging.
The rugged SWE540 is uniquely
powerful and flexible, representing the only 6U OpenVPX 40GigE
switch currently available that supports
full Layer 2/3 features including hardware Layer 3 forwarding at
fabric speed rates. Layer 3 switching and routing is a critical
requirement for advanced security and complex networks. It provides
dynamic routing over standard routing protocols, enabling a flexible
range of network/fabric configurations and applications.
patent-pending cooling technology limits system thermal load while
still enabling the SWE540 to run at peak performance,
further enhancing its robust reliability.
The SWE540 supports multiple
OpenVPX profiles and uses the latest high performance switch silicon
technology to support 40 Gigabit
Ethernet performance across 20 ports, allowing configuration within
demanding HPEC systems and a broad range of Abaco’s mission
It also provides a straightforward, cost-effective
upgrade for existing users of Abaco’s GBX460 switch, maximizing
the long term value of customers’ investments while enabling
a significant performance increase for those looking to achieve
of large amounts of data with lower latencies.
The switch features Abaco’s latest OpenWare™ switch
management software, allowing it to be easily customized for specific
customer requirements. OpenWare provides support for a wide range
of network protocols and MIBs (management information bases) with
extensive capabilities for multicast, Quality of Service, VLANs,
and differentiated services. The OpenWare management interface
may be accessed via serial console, SNMP, Telnet, SSH or web interface.
combination of the SWE540’s hardware and the OpenWare
switch management software delivers comprehensive security capabilities.
Designed for deployment in security-sensitive mission critical
applications, SWE540 features include denial of service attack
prevention, user password mechanisms with multiple levels of security
and military level authorization schemes including 802.1X and sanitization
to allow the overwrite of non-volatile storage if a system is compromised.
Survivability is also enhanced by ECC protection on the management
processor memory which offers higher reliability in harsh environments.
SWE540 is representative of over 20 years of Abaco’s
leadership in network switch design and network engineering for
mission critical applications and will enable us to deliver a step-change
in performance for Abaco’s mission ready systems and customer-built
systems alike,” said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management,
Abaco Systems. “Other 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions offer
limited routing capability – either by not offering L3 routing
at all, or by limiting it to static routing. This provides far
less flexibility, limiting the use to simpler, fixed networks.
The SWE540 provides L3 forwarding in the switch fabric, supported
by routing protocols such as RIPv3, OSPF and so on – making
it ideally suited for networks that are more complex, security
sensitive, or that will be required scale and be upgraded over
The SWE540 is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled
versions, and can optionally support four QSFP+ and two 1000BaseT
ports on the front panel. Rear transition modules are available
to enable access to 40 Gigabit and one Gigabit ports off the backplane.