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The IBX400 is the world's first, fully rugged, 6U OpenVPX InfiniBand® switch fabric module (SFM) bringing data center connectivity and performance to deployed defense and aerospace applications, further enhancing GE's broad offering for High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC). The IBX400 complements GE's GBX460 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Fabric Module offering an alternative, higher performance InfiniBand-based solution for customers who need increased data plane bandwidth with lower latency.    

GE Intelligent Platforms has harnassed the performance and flexibility of Mellanox Technologies sixth generation SwitchX® 2 VPI switch to create a COTS, wide temperature, high shock and vibration switch blade aimed at deployed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions across a wide range of manned and un-manned, airborne, ground and naval platforms.                   

The IBX400 provides high speed data connectivity to GE’s rugged MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) board level solution sets that include the latest RDMA-enabled Intel® Core™i7 single board computers, multiprocessors, NVIDIA® CUDA™ GPUs and PMC/XMC carrier cards. Applications can easily be moved from Linux® server or desk-top machines onto these deployable modules to provide greatly increased computing performance where it is needed most.

GE’s end-to-end solutions provide shorter time to solution, lower technical risk and lower cost of ownership. System integrators and end users can deploy tried and tested software building blocks such as the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and OpenMPI high performance interprocess communication (IPC) middlewares from the OpenFabrics Alliance as well as modules from other open source HPC (High Performance Computing) community projects.

  • 6U OpenVPX VITA65 Switch Profile
    - SLT6-SWH-16U20F-10.4.2
    - MOD6-SWH-16U20F-12.4.2-10
  • DDR InfiniBand Data Plane
    - 20 x Fat Pipes
    - High throughput, low latency
    - In-band subnet management
  • Gigabit Ethernet Control Plane
    - 16 x Ultra Thin Pipes
    - Fully managed layer 2/3
    - Ethernet Switch Fabric
  • Management Plane
    - I2C /BMM Controller
  • OpenWare Control Plane Switch Management
    - Layer 2 and layer 3 packet switching
    - QoS Priority (IEEE802.1D)
    - IPv6 & IPv4 Switching
  • End to end RDMA solutions
    - 6U OpenVPX SBCs, Multiprocessors, GPGPU blades and I/O
  • Application Ready Platforms
    - Fully integrated & tested Linux clusters for radar, image, signal & data processing
    IBX400 Press Release



  Type Title
Datasheet IBX400 6U OpenVPX InfiniBand Switch Fabric Module
Brochures High Performance Embedded Computing
16-page High Performance Embedded Computing brochure
Brochures Naval Applications
8-page Naval Applications Brochure
White Papers Anti-Tamper Technology: Safeguarding Today’s COTS Platforms
This paper focuses on the use of COTS anti-tamper frameworks to support secure platforms and provide information assurance.
White Papers AXIS - Taking the Sting out of Multiprocessor DSP Application Development
This white paper will show how a modern tool-chain might address different issues when configuring and programming a complex, heterogeneous multiprocessor system for a Mil & Aero application and result in a much reduced time to solution.
White Papers GPUDirect™ RDMA
White Papers High Performance Embedded Computing and Its Impact on Mil/Aero Applications
The drive toward Modular Open Systems Architectures (MOSA) is at the heart of GE’s selection of technologies, and this paper examines how this can positively impact programs.
White Papers Mil/Aero Thermal Management
Providing the most capable rugged COTS products for demanding environments
White Papers OpenVPX System Bandwidth
A Comparison of 10Gb Ethernet Performance, Serial Rapid IO, and InfiniBand
White Papers RDMA: The Future of High Speed Fabric Interconnects
White Papers Switched Fabrics Support High-Performance Embedded Computing for Military and Aerospace Platforms
Lessons learned from high-performance computing arena can be transferred to military and aerospace applications for improved component interoperability.
White Papers Tuning HPEC Linux Clusters for Real-Time Determinism
This paper investigates interrupt response times and message passing latencies using OpenMPI on three different versions of the Linux kernel.
White Papers Vetronics Architectures Emerge to Facilitate Network-Enabled Operations
Learn how Vetronics architectures are revolutionizing communications among virtually all battlefield assets.
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual I400RTM1 Rear Transition Module Hardware Reference Manual
Customer support contact info for this product is listed below by global region. All related documentation and software for this product are listed under the "Downloads" tab of this product page.

Primary Support

Towcester, UK
Tove Valley Business Park
Towcester, Northamptonshire, -- NN12 6PF

Support Phone: +44 (0) 1327 322760
Support E-mail: support.towcester.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.towcester.ip@ge.com


Huntsville, AL
12090 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803-3308

Support Phone: 1-800-433-2682
Support E-mail: support.embeddedsystems.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.huntsville.ip@ge.com

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