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EX8216 Host Subsystem

 

Routing Engine (RE) Module in an EX8216 Switch

The Routing Engine (RE) module performs system control, system management, FRU configuration, and FRU management functions in an EX8216 switch. An RE module contains a Routing Engine. See Figure 1.

You can install one or two RE modules in an EX8216 switch. A base configuration EX8216 switch (AC version) has only one RE module. See EX8216 Switch Configurations. You can add a second RE module to the configuration for Routing Engine and system control redundancy. See Understanding EX8216 Switch Component and Functionality Redundancy.

The RE modules install horizontally into the top front of the chassis in slots labeled RE0 and RE1.

Figure 1: RE Module in an EX8216 Switch
RE Module in an EX8216 Switch
Note

We recommend that you install two RE modules for redundancy. If you install only one RE module, we recommend that you install it in slot RE0. See Slot Numbering for an EX8216 Switch.

If two RE modules are installed, one RE module functions as the master and the other acts as the backup. If the master RE module fails or is removed, the backup module takes over as the master RE module. When the RE modules are configured for graceful switchover, the backup RE module automatically synchronizes its configuration and state with those of the master RE module. Any update to the master RE module is replicated on the backup RE module. If the backup module assumes mastership, packet forwarding continues through the switch.

We recommend, however, that you always take an RE module offline before removing it. If only one RE module is installed, we recommend that you disable the switch by halting the RE module (thus taking it offline) before removing the RE module. See Taking the RE Module Offline in an EX8216 Switch.

The RE module provides these functions:

  • Powers the line cards on and off

  • Powers the Switch Fabric (SF) modules on and off

  • Performs routing functions for the switch

  • Controls system resets and the boot sequence for the switch

  • Monitors and controls the speed of the fans in the fan trays

  • Monitors and controls the LCD panel and chassis status LEDs

  • Monitors the communication of the line cards with the switch fabric on the Switch Fabric (SF) modules

  • Monitors the status of the power supplies



The RE module has these components:



RE Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch

Each Routing Engine (RE) module has four LEDs on the left side of the module’s front panel. See Figure 2.

Figure 2: RE Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch
RE Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch

Table 1 describes these LEDs, their colors and states, and the status they indicate.

Table 1: RE Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch

LED Label (Description)

Color

State and Description

ON (Power On)

Green

RE module is powered on.

Unlit

RE module is powered off.

ST (Status)

Green

  • On steadily—RE module is operating normally.

  • Blinking—RE module is booting.

Yellow

  • On steadily—RE module has failed.

Unlit

RE module is offline.

MS (Master)

Green

  • On steadily—RE module is the master.

  • Blinking—RE module is in standby mode.

Unlit

RE module is powered off.

SF (Switch Fabric)

Green

  • On steadily—Switch fabric in the Switch Fabric (SF) modules is operating normally.

Yellow

Switch fabric in one or more SF modules has failed.

Unlit

RE module is powered off.

Switch Fabric (SF) Modules in an EX8216 Switch

The Switch Fabric (SF) modules provide switching functionality to an EX8216 switch. See Figure 3.

An EX8216 switch can have up to eight SF modules. We recommend that you install all eight SF modules in an EX8216 switch to support maximum midplane performance for the installed line cards. All shipping configurations of an EX8216 switch include eight SF modules. See EX8216 Switch Configurations.

In the EX8216 switch, all eight SF modules are simultaneously active when the switch is operational. All SF modules are fully connected to all installed line cards. If a single SF module fails, the input/output traffic for that module is load-balanced among the remaining SF modules, providing graceful degradation in midplane performance. The impact of an SF module failure on the performance of an EX8216 switch varies based on the type of line cards installed in the switch and the traffic mix flowing through them. In an EX8216 switch configuration that is fully loaded with 8-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ line cards, if one SF module fails, the remaining seven SF modules still have sufficient switching capacity to maintain continuous switch operation at full wire-rate performance.

Figure 3: SF Module in an EX8216 Switch
SF Module in an EX8216
Switch

The SF modules are installed in the rear of the chassis in the slots labeled SF7 through SF0 (from left to right). See Slot Numbering for an EX8216 Switch.

The SF modules are hot-insertable and hot-removable field-replaceable units (FRUs). However, you must take the SF modules offline before removing them. See Taking the SF Module Offline in an EX8216 Switch.

The SF modules contain logic that determines which RE module is the master. The master RE module controls many internal functions of the SF modules.

The SF modules provide these functions:

  • Provide data path connectivity for the switch (switch data between line cards)

Each SF module has these components:

  • SF module LEDs—Indicate system status. See SF Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch.

  • Ejector levers—Used for installing and removing the SF module.

  • Handle—Facilitates installing and removing the SF module.

  • Captive screws—Secure the SF module in place.

SF Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch

Each Switch Fabric (SF) module has two LEDs on the top of the module’s front panel. See Figure 4.

Figure 4: SF Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch
SF Module LEDs in an EX8216
Switch

Table 2 describes these LEDs, their colors and states, and the status they indicate.

Table 2: SF Module LEDs in an EX8216 Switch

LED (Description)

Color

State and Description

ST (Status)

Green

  • On steadily—SF module is operating normally.

  • Blinking—the SF module is in standby mode.

Yellow

SF module has failed.

Unlit

SF module is offline.

SF (Switch Fabric)

Green

On steadily—Switch fabric in SF module is operating normally.

Blinking—Switch fabric in SF module is offline.

Yellow

On steadily—Switch fabric in SF module has failed.

Unlit

SF module is powered off.