6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 18, 2013 10:02 AM by inbusiness

    OEM vs. Mellanox Infiniband HCA

      Hello everyone,

       

      Just wondering is there's any substantial difference between these two cards?

       

      HP 452372-001 Infiniband PCI-E 4X DDR Dual Port Storage Host Channel Adapter HCA | eBay

       

      Mellanox MHGH28 XTC Connectx Dual Port 20GB s Infiniband PCI E 4X DDR HCA Card | eBay

       

      There's a £10 price differential per card, but outside of that it looks like the exact same thing. One is a Mellanox branded card, and the other has been OEM'd by HP.

       

      The eBay seller is the same for both auctions as well.

       

      I'm looking to purchase two of these so I can play with and configure direct connectivity between two HP Microservers (one is ZFS Storage, the other a VmWare ESXi 5.1 hypervisor) in my home environment.

       

      Is there any functionality that I lose out on by going for the slightly cheaper HP OEM card over the other one? Can I still apply firmware upgrades etc?

       

      Thanks for your help.

        • Re: OEM vs. Mellanox Infiniband HCA
          justinclift

          Hmmm, I've bought Sun and Dell OEM cards before from eBay (also MHGH28-XTC), then flashed them perfectly fine using stock Mellanox firmware.  They're working well, no issues at all.

           

          With those HP ones, they seem like the same kind of thing.  Two things to watch out for though:

           

          • HP also has some OEM mezzanine adapters. I'm not sure of the HP parts numbers, but you'd want to make sure these cards are not them and using the wrong photo's.
          • Both of the cards you're linking to use the same photo for the front PCB shot (with the heatsink), which confuses matters a bit.

           

          If the HP part # doesn't turn out to be for a mezzanine part, you should be fine.

           

          As a useful seperate thought, you can get fairly cheap 1 metre CX4 cables from China for about US$14 each, not including postage.  Much, much cheaper than most of the places here in the UK. If you need the link I can dig it up, or just do a search through this site.

          • Re: OEM vs. Mellanox Infiniband HCA

            Physically, 448397-B21/452372-001 == MHGH28-X[T|S]C

            Firmware feature wise, there appears to be a single difference.

            All 3 of my HP MHGH28 (2 rev X1, 1 rev A3) came with DPDP enabled.

            While on Mellanox MHGH28, only rev >= A4 appear to have it enabled.

            DPDP = ability to run IB on port1 + 10GbE on port2 simultaneously.

            So I'd say the HP cards have more functionality out of the box.

              • Re: OEM vs. Mellanox Infiniband HCA
                justinclift

                Cool, that's good info.  Especially since the HP cards are cheaper on eBay atm.

                 

                With the DPDP capability, I wonder if some of the earlier MHGH28-X*C cards can successfully have that enabled by reburning them with with different .ini settings?

                 

                I might try it out later on, if I get up the courage to potentially kill a card.

                • Re: OEM vs. Mellanox Infiniband HCA
                  inbusiness

                  Mellanox said doesn't capable DPDP capability on OFED 1.8.1.

                  I think that is very curious.

                  OFED 1.8.1 can support Multi virtual vHBA function for SRP Initiator each IB port up to 8 vHBA.

                  But IPoIB was not on vSphere 5.x.

                  I'll wait to launch next release OFED for vSphere....