This section explains how to network a Supermicro 1014S cluster, lists the networking prerequisites, outlines the recommended configuration, and explains how to connect to redundant switches or to a single switch.

Prerequisites

Your node requires the following resources.

  • A network switch with the following specifications:

    • 25 Gbps or 100 Gbps Ethernet

    • Fully non-blocking architecture

    • IPv6 capability

  • Compatible networking cables

  • A sufficient number of ports for connecting all nodes to the same switch fabric

  • One static IP per node, per defined VLAN

This platform uses a unified networking configuration in which the same NIC handles back-end and front-end traffic. In this configuration, each networking port provides communication with clients and between nodes. You can connect the NIC’s ports to the same switch or to different switches. However, for greater reliability, we recommend connecting both 25 Gbps or 100 Gbps ports on every node to each switch.

We recommend the following configuration for your node.

  • Your Qumulo MTU configured to match your client environment

  • Two physical connections for each node, one connection for each redundant switch

  • One Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) port-channel per network on each node, with the following configuration

    • Active mode

    • Slow transmit rather

    • Access port or trunk port with a native VLAN

  • DNS servers

  • A Network Time Protocol (NTP) server

  • Firewall protocols or ports allowed for proactive monitoring

  • Where N is the number of nodes, N-1 floating IPs per node, per client-facing VLAN

Connecting to Redundant Switches

For redundancy, we recommend connecting your cluster to dual switches. If either switch becomes inoperative, the cluster is still be accessible from the remaining switch.

  • Connect the two NIC ports (2 × 25 Gbps or 100 Gbps) on your nodes to separate switches.

  • The uplinks to the client network must equal the bandwidth from the cluster to the switch.

  • The two ports form an LACP port channel by using a multi-chassis link aggregation group.

  • Use an appropriate inter-switch link or virtual port channel.

Connecting to a Single Switch

You can connect a your cluster to a single switch. If this switch becomes inoperative, the entire cluster becomes inaccessible.

  • Connect the two NIC ports (2 × 25 Gbps or 100 Gbps) on your nodes to a single switch.

  • The uplinks to the client network must equal the bandwidth from the cluster to the switch.

  • The two ports form an LACP port channel.

Four-Node Cluster Architecture Diagram

The following is the recommended configuration for a four-node cluster connected to an out-of-band management switch and redundant switches.

Four-Node Cluster Architecture Diagram