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QFX10000 Routing and Control Board

QFX10000 Routing and Control Board Description

The Routing and Control Board (RCB) is responsible for system management in a QFX10008 or QFX10016 (see Figure 1). The switch chassis can run with one or two RCBs. The base configurations ship with one RCB that can be expanded with a second RCB for a fully-redundant system. When two RCBs are installed, one functions as the primary and the second as a backup. If the primary RCB is removed, the backup restarts and becomes the primary.

Figure 1: QFX10000 RCBQFX10000 RCB

This topic covers:

RCB Functions

The RCB integrates the control plane and Routing Engine functions into a single management unit. Each RCB provides all the functions needed to manage the operation of the modular chassis:

  • System control functions such as environmental monitoring

  • Routing Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols

  • Communication to all components such as line cards, Switch Interface Boards (SIBs), and power and cooling

  • Transparent clocking

  • Alarm and logging functions

RCB Components

Each RCB consists of the following internal components:

  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU

  • 32 GB SDRAM

  • 50 GB or 100 GB onboard SATA SSD

Other standard interfaces are shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: RCB FaceplateRCB Faceplate
  1
RCB status LEDs
  5
USB 2.0 port
  2
Console port
  6
SATA SSD slot
  3
PTP-capable connections: SMB In, SMB Out, 10 MHz In, 10 MHz Out
  7
Reset button
  4
Ethernet management ports: RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 BASE-T (em0) and small-form factor pluggable (SFP) for fiber (em1). If both copper and fiber cables are installed, the RJ-45 is the default.
  8
Four SFP+ ports (reserved for future use)
Note:

You can use either management interface, em0 or em1 when the RCB is running as the primary RE. Use only em1 when the RCB is running as the backup RE.

QFX10000 Routing and Control Board LEDs

The QFX10000 Routing and Control Boards (RCBs) have four types of LED indicators (see Figure 3).

Figure 3: QFX10000 RCB LEDsQFX10000 RCB LEDs
  1
RCB status panel
  3
SATA SSD
  2
Management ports
  4
Virtual port connection

RCB Status Panel LEDs

The RCB status panel LEDs indicate the state of the RCB (see Figure 4).

Figure 4: RCB Status Panel LEDsRCB Status Panel LEDs
  1
Power (PWR) LED
  3
Primary (MST) LED
  2
Status (STS) LED
  4
Offline button

Table 1 describes the LEDs on the RCB status panel.

Table 1: Routing Control Board Status LEDs

LED

Color

State

Description

PWR

Green

On steadily

The RCB is receiving adequate power.

Yellow

Blinking

The RCB has detected an error.

Dark

Unlit

The RCB is not powered up.

STS

Green

On steadily

The RCB is online and functioning correctly.

Green

Blinking

The beacon feature is enabled.

Yellow

On steadily

The RCB is booting.

Yellow

Blinking

The RCB has detected an error.

Dark

Unlit

The power supply is switched off.

MST

Green

On steadily

The RCB is the primary.

Dark

Unlit

The RCB is the backup.

QFX10000 Management Port LEDs

There are two management ports on the RCB of a QFX10008 and QFX10016 that have LEDs that indicate link status and link activity. These two ports, located on the RCB panel between the clocking connections and the USB port, are both labeled MGMT. The left management port is an SFP cage that can accommodate up to 1G copper or fiber connections (see Figure 5). The copper (RJ-45) port has separate LEDs for status and activity. The fiber (SFP) port has a combination link and activity LED.

Figure 5: Management Port LEDs on a QFX10000Management Port LEDs on a QFX10000
  1
Status LED (RJ-45)
  3
Link LED–Green indicates the link is up; blinking indicates activity (SFP)
  2
Activity LED (RJ-45)
 

Table 2 describes the RJ-45 management port LEDs, and Table 3 describes the SFP status LEDs.

Table 2: RJ-45 Management Port LEDs on a QFX10000 RCB

LED

Color

State

Description

Port speed

Unlit

Off

The port speed is 10 MB.

Green

Blinking

The port speed is 100 MB.

Green

On steadily

The port speed is 1000 MB.

Link/Activity/Status

Unlit

Off

No link is established, there is a fault, or the link is down.

Green

On steadily

A link is established.

Blinking

There is link activity.

Yellow

Blinking or flickering

The beacon feature is enabled.

Table 3: SFP Management Port LEDs on a QFX10000 RCB

LED

Color

State

Description

Link/Activity/Status

Unlit

Off

No transceiver is present.

Green

On steadily

A link is established. The interface is up.

Green

Blinking or flickering

The beacon feature is enabled.

Yellow

Blinking

An error has occurred.

SATA SSD LEDs

The Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) solid-state drive (SSD) LEDs indicate the status of the optional drive.

Table 4 describes the LEDs for the optional SATA drive.

Table 4: Control Board Status LEDs

LED

Color

State

Description

SSD

Green

On steadily

A SATA drive is present.

Green

Blinking

The drive is active.

Yellow

On steadily

The drive is active.

Dark

Unlit

A drive is not installed.

Virtual Port Connections

The four small form-factor pluggable plus (SFP+) ports are reserved for future use.