Nexus 5500 Packet Forwarding – Cut Through or Store & Forward


Was reading through some documentation as noticed that the┬áNexus 5500 series has some unusual behaviours for Store and Forward. I made myself notes about the functional modes. Cut-Through vs Store and Forward In cut-through mode of operation a switch will start transmitting a frame before the frame has been completely received and this is the […]

Tech Notes: Juniper QFabric – A Perspective on Scaling Up


Juniper QFabric is a new approach to Ethernet Switch Fabrics. When it was announced last year,it was noted that the underlying physical design is a completely different approach to building Switch Fabrics. Here I’m taking a loosely research based approach to understand how Juniper QFabric is different from all other approaches to the problem, and also a look at some of the challenges ahead.

Backplane Ethernet – the GBaseK Standard

A lesser known standard is Backplane Ethernet. I wasn’t aware of it until I was researching Notes on Cables and Connectors for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet. I spent some time over the weekend scratching an itch to have a look at it and why it exists.These are scrach notes, and observations from a research session and not intended to a canonical investigation. Interesting though because it’s is valuable to understand that many network products are functionally all the same – only the software and the people are different.