UPDATE - Broadcom Achieves Mass Production on Industry-Leading 12.8 Tbps Tomahawk® 3 Ethernet Switch Family
World’s first 32 x 400GbE / 128 x 100GbE integrated switch-on-chip ramping in volume at cloud service providers
SAN JOSE, Calif.,
Triggered by an explosion of ultra-high-performance networking applications in cloud infrastructure, including deep learning, massively distributed container networking, and disaggregated flash storage using RoCEv2 and NVME-over-Fabrics, the Tomahawk 3 series has already been designed into the multi-tiered, scale-out data center fabrics of the largest cloud service providers worldwide.
“We are delighted and humbled by the widespread adoption of Tomahawk 3 based switching solutions in cloud infrastructure,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Products at Broadcom. “Our engineering team has executed to the demands of the largest cloud operators globally, including the most rigorous system and network-level qualification requirements – both in our labs and in customer testbeds. Network operators are able to immediately deploy Tomahawk 3 based fabrics, at scale, and with confidence.”
“Broadcom once again has established generational product leadership in the data-center switching market, with Tomahawk 3 being the first 12.8 Tbps switch to achieve volume production serving dense 100GbE, 200GbE and 400GbE leaf-spine infrastructure,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at
The Tomahawk 3 switch series features multiple devices at 12.8Tbps, 8.0 Tbps, and 6.4 Tbps based on the industry’s most performant 50G PAM4 / 25G NRZ SerDes technology. All devices in the series have completed extensive functional, performance, and reliability testing and have been qualified for volume production.
Tomahawk 3 based Hardware Platforms from the
Multiple high-performance, efficient-form-factor switching platforms based on the production-qualified Tomahawk 3 series are available now from the Networking Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) vendor community.
StrataXGS Tomahawk 3 Series Product Details
Key product attributes and benefits of the Tomahawk 3 Switch Series can be found at https://www.broadcom.com/products/ethernet-connectivity/switching/strataxgs/bcm56980-series
Cloud Network Operators
Zhenyu Hou, Executive Director,
"The rise of AI workloads and RDMA-enabled storage disaggregation is driving cloud server and storage interconnect to much higher speeds, and Tomahawk 3 now provides the industry with its first deployable solution for these applications with high-density 200/400GbE. Baidu is eager to take advantage of the significant performance gains and power/cost efficiencies that Broadcom's new generation of switches can provide."
Yuval Bachar, Principal Engineer, Global Infrastructure Architecture & Strategy,
"Now that Tomahawk 3 production availability is here, scale-out networks can multiply the capacity of each switching node to 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE, or 32 ports of 400GbE, feeding bandwidth-hungry cloud applications with the end-to-end performance they need. It also allows for disaggregated, efficient switching systems to be deployed in the data center core and aggregation layers. We demonstrated such a concept at the Open 19 Foundation 2018 Summit with a Tomahawk 3 based 100Tbps+ Virtual Switch Chassis based on standard white box building blocks. With a proven 12.8Tbps switch chip in Tomahawk 3, plus 8.0Tbps and 6.4Tbps capacity pin-compatible devices, and a healthy ecosystem of supporting technologies, the next step in data center networking is becoming reality."
"We commend Broadcom for achieving the Tomahawk 3 production milestone, and for their continued generational leadership in cloud switching technology. Having a robust, ready-to-deploy 12.8Tbps switching element is a key building block for our next generation leaf-spine infrastructure. It flattens the network topology and delivers the performance per Watt needed to further scale out our distributed applications."
Hardware Solution Providers and ODMs
Steven Dorwart, Vice President, Connectivity & Cloud Solutions,
"The combination of Broadcom's production-ready Tomahawk 3 switch silicon and Celestica's state-of the-art Silverstone DX400 switch hardware platform provides our customers, including data center operators, an immediate path to building out high-capacity 400GbE networks. These Tomahawk 3-based platforms offer groundbreaking performance, power and cost efficiency, ease of management, and most importantly, are highly customizable and immediately available to the market."
Jeff Chen, CEO,
"We at DNI are thrilled to be releasing both the 128 port 100GbE AG90C8B platform and the 32 port 400GbE AGC032 platform, both based on the market-leading, production qualified 12.8Tbps Tomahawk 3 chip from Broadcom. By virtue of our collaboration, DNI and Broadcom are accelerating the availability of megascale-ready 50/100/200/400GbE systems based on advanced 50G-PAM4 SerDes technology, and ushering the next generation of disaggregated networking for cloud service providers worldwide."
George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks:
"The production release of Tomahawk 3 is exciting news for the open networking industry and for us at Edgecore Networks. We contributed the design of the Edgecore AS9716-32D 32x400GbE switch, the industry’s first 400G open network switch, to the
Mike Yang, Senior Vice-President of
"Congratulations to Broadcom for achieving production volume shipment on the Tomahawk 3 switch family, a significant milestone for our industry. QCT has long been working closely with Broadcom to bring cutting-edge networking technology to the market, and it is with great pleasure that we are able to now deliver to customers the Tomahawk 3 based IX9 switch platform featuring 12.8Tbps of line rate throughput in a 1U footprint with all 50G-PAM4 electrical signaling and QSFP-DD 400GbE interfaces. Let the next wave of high-capacity cloud networking begin!"
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