InfiniBand and Mellanox UFM® Fundamentals

מק"ט: #3895 | משך קורס: 24 שעות אק'

This course is a combination of the InfiniBand Foundations and UFM® Administrator’s  course. It is designed to provide an introduction to InfiniBand with additional fabric management via the UFM® product. This course is designed primarily for InfiniBand  Level 1 and Level 2 System Administrators and Network Engineers.
Upon completion of this three-day course, students should be able to support level 1 & 2 fabric debug functions, maintain InfiniBand fabrics, and perform primary InfiniBand functions using Mellanox tools and best practices, as well as with Mellanox’s Unified Fabric Manager (UFM®).

הקורס פעיל לקבוצות מטעם ארגונים בלבד, ניתן לשלוח פנייה רק אם מדובר בקבוצה
*שדות חובה


  • Describe the InfiniBand (IB) protocol foundations
  • List and describe InfiniBand main topologies
  • Understand InfiniBand Subnet Manager main functions
  • Understand and configure InfiniBand partitions using the Subnet Manager
  • Describe InfiniBand cabling options
  • Operate basic activities of InfiniBand switch using its CLI
  • Set-up connections between hosts and IB switches
  • Perform fabric troubleshooting and best practice routines using host and switch CLI
  • Understand how to install and configure UFM®
  • Understand UFM’s dashboard and main features
  • Understand how UFM® implements discovers fabric elements
  • Understand and configure InfiniBand partitions using UFM®
  • Manage InfiniBand devices using UFM®
  • Design fabrics using UFM’s Logical Model concept
  • Trace fabric event notification down to a component
  • Describe UFM’s Subnet Manager main functions
  • Demonstrate how to use Fabric Health Monitoring
  • Monitor fabric activity using UFM® tools

קהל יעד

  • Network & system administrators
  • Network & system engineers
  • InfiniBand pre-sales staff

תנאי קדם

Data communications and Linux knowledge


InfiniBand Architecture

  • InfiniBand Fabric Elements
  • HCA, Switches, SM, and Gateways
  • InfiniBand Link Speeds (SDR, DDR, QDR, FDR)
  • Device Addressing (GUIDs & LIDs)
  • Introducing the FDR 36-Port ASIC
  • Link Layer Flow Control Principles
  • Transport Layer Functions
  • Quality of Service Introduction (QoS)
  • Management Datagrams and VL15
  • Fabric Partitioning

InfiniBand Supported Protocols

  • Describe the Primary Upper Layer Protocols (ULP) for InfiniBand
  • Which Protocols can Utilize the RDMA Capabilities? (Verbs)
  • Who Uses What?

Network Topologies

  • How to Scale from 36 Ports
  • What is a CLOS Topology?
  • Supported Topologies
  • Explaining Cross Bisectional Bandwidth

Cabling Best Practices

  • What to Do and What Not to Do
  • Cable Management

InfiniBand Subnet Manager

  • The Seven Steps for Fabric Bring-up (Initialization Process)
  • SM High Availability (HA)
  • Introducing the Primary SM Routing Algorithms

InfiniBand Management

  • Management Datagrams
  • Subnet Management Interface (SMI)
  • General Service Interface (GSI)
  • Performance Management Introduction
  • Baseboard Management Introduction

Mellanox OFED Introduction

  • Adapter Packages
  • Introducing the OFED Stack
  • OFED Components
  • Adapter Packages
  • OFED Installation
  • Configuring OFED
  • Host Based Utilities
  • Cluster Based Utilities
  • Performance Utilities

Mellanox Switch Portfolio Introduction

  • QDR and FDR Platforms
  • Switch FRUs
  • Switch LED Indicators
  • Configuring Your Switch for the First Time

Mellanox Switch OS

  • Mellanox_OS Introduction
  • Chassis Management Using CLI
  • Chassis Management Using GUI
  • Updating Chassis Firmware
  • Viewing Switch Logs
  • Internal Switch SM

Fabric Troubleshooting

  • Using Host Utilities
  • Using Switch Utilities
  • Troubleshooting Congestion

Unified Fabric Manager Introduction

  • UFM® Overview
  • Installing UFM® - Guidelines
  • Introducing the Logical Model
  • Monitoring the Fabric
  • Tracing Events

Lab Practice

  • OFED Host Utilities
  • Mellanox_OS

UFM® Overview

  • UFM® Benefits
  • UFM® Software Components
  • UFM® Architecture

UFM® Dashboard Introduction

  • How to Check Different Parameters Using UFM®
  • Monitoring BW Usage
  • Monitoring IB Traffic and Congestion
  • Monitoring Fabric Top Talkers
  • Monitoring the Top Congested Servers
  • Monitoring Event Notifications

Fabric Discovery and Views

  • Using the View Tab
  • Selecting Info per Object
  • Viewing Fabrics Internal Structure and Properties
  • Topology View Icons
  • Assigning Servers to Racks
  • Modifying Polling Intervals
  • Modifying Topology Display Modes
  • Viewing Entire Fabric Using Table & Map Mode
  • Viewing Fabric Historical Events

Device Management

  • Using the Device Tab
  • Modifying Device Attributes
  • Using the Device Management Agent
  • Utilizing the Table Filter Feature
  • Updating Firmware & Software Using UFM®
  • Port Management
  • Working with Device Alarms

Using UFM’s Logical Model

  • Fabric Partitioning Using UFM®
  • Introducing the Logical Model
  • Physical Components
  • The Logical Network Object
  • UFM’s Management Network
  • Implementing QoS with UFM®

UFM® Fabric Design

  • Using the Design Window
  • UFM’s Design Concept Introduction
  • Creating an Environment
  • Creating a Network
  • Network Isolation and Security Using Partitioning
  • Creating a Logical Server Group

Fabric Monitoring with UFM®

  • Using the Monitoring Tab
  • UFM’s Monitoring Features
  • How to Activate UFM® Monitoring
  • Using Monitoring Objects and Attributes
  • How to Configure a Monitor Window
  • Starting a Monitoring Session
  • Using Periodic Snapshots

Tracking Fabric Events

  • How to Use the Event Table
  • Tracing Event Down to the Component
  • Using Common Port Tasks

UFM’s Configuration Window

  • Configuring UFM’s Subnet Manager
  • Configuring Access Credentials
  • Using UFM’s Thresholds and Security Levels

UFM® Health Monitoring

  • Display InfiniBand Fabric Health Reports
  • Display UFM® Server Health Report
  • Activate Topology Comparison, Current VS Planned for Fabric Optimal Setup Verification
  • Display UFM® Server Health Report
  • Display LOG Reports (SM, UFM®, Events)
  • Perform UFM® Configuration Backup

Lab Exercises

Q&A Wrap Up


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