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The SLS FIA-2100 Fabric Interconnect Adapter allows data center managers to lower the cost of 10 Gigabit-connected server clusters by as much as 75%, distributing the Top of Rack switch function across the fabric of server nodes. The FIA-2100 PCIe card(s) in each server provide switching and routing management via a 80 Gb crossbar switch and ARM-based processors. Effectively, this creates a distributed 10Gbit Ethernet Layer 2 switch. Compared to a traditional Top of Rack Switch topology, the distributed switch approach reduces the number of expensive TOR switch ports, reduces power consumption, and provides redundancy and routing optimization – features especially useful for network-intensive applications such as media streaming and distributed object storage.


  • 1 x SFP+ Socket for 1-10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks
  • 4 x 10Gb Xaui links for server interconnects
  • Supports broadcast, unicast, multicast and control messages
  • Enables unicast routing with multi-path routes & annotation for path costs and weights
  • Fault-resilient unicast and broadcast routing
  • Dynamic link width and speed for power optimization


  • Lowers the cost 10Gbps inter/intra-networking by as much as 75%
  • Reduces the number of TOR switch ports by 75%
  • High bandwidth (80Gbps crossbar switch), low latency (<218ns) fabric
  • Configurable fabric engine with IPMI support, partitioning, & dynamic configuration
  • Fault Resiliency
  • Power Efficiency
  • Fabric-Wide Security

Here’s an example of a network topology one would use for a simple web-hosting infrastructure. Additional cards per server would enable a higher level of redundancy.


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