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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:35 am

scottsee wrote:unresembling any known RFC standard.

Errr... Most media types are governed by the IEEE or the ITU... but hey, who's counting ;)

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:47 am

This was the most enthralling post I've read in awhile! Why/how did they get sent to your site anyway?

My primary interest is what the Finnish manufacturer has to do with it.

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ibarrere wrote:This was the most enthralling post I've read in awhile! Why/how did they get sent to your site anyway?

My primary interest is what the Finnish manufacturer has to do with it.


Google has a data center in Council Bluffs, IA, my company has a site just down the road in Shelby, IA. My guess is the carrier unloaded them by mistake. About a month later they were shipped up to me at the corporate offices in Wisconsin. We've been trying to figure out what they were for the last few weeks. By the time it got to me there was no shipping label of any kind. The packaging was just generic foam dividers so we had nothing to go on. I'm pretty happy we were able to return them.

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:26 am

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scottsee wrote:
[scrobbed] wrote: hooked us up with Google gear


So, what does Google give someone who returns a mysterious switch unresembling any known RFC standard under secret development? Better yet, how much would Cisco have given you for it?


The engineer was cool and is going to send us some shirts the public cant buy. He's said he would try to hook us with something cool if he can. I'm sure as an engineer he doesn't have a lot of push or purchasing power for things like that. I could tell he appreciated our efforts though.

If it was Cisco this would have been over in a few days. We have a pretty good relationship with them at the moment so its a lot easier to just call up our account rep and get someone who matters on the phone

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:46 am

I would like a clearer picture of the transceiver slot, with measurements, but it looks like a CXP.
http://www.finisar.com/blogs/lightspeed ... and-cxp-2/

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:53 am

Good karma on you for getting them back to their rightful owner.

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javentre wrote:I would like a clearer picture of the transceiver slot, with measurements, but it looks like a CXP.
http://www.finisar.com/blogs/lightspeed ... and-cxp-2/

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Thats by far the closest I've seen but still not quite on. There's a decent picture of the slot on the first page. This cable appears to have two rows of contact points, the pluto switch has a single row. Maybe from a previous generation.

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:09 am

This picture:
http://www.networking-forum.com/download/file.php?id=1886

looks like it has 2 rows to me.
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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:15 am

Wow, really nice. Thanks for the pictures. I'm tempted to go write a blog post about this actually.
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Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:23 am

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javentre wrote:This picture:
http://www.networking-forum.com/download/file.php?id=1886

looks like it has 2 rows to me.


These ports are almost identical in size to an SFP port. The CXP slot appears to quite a bit wider and have a lot more contact points inside. I would agree that its something very similar though. I was researching the chip inside and the manufacturer only referenced gigabit speeds. I think the device would need to be a lot more powerful and have better cooling to handle 10,40,100 gig connections. The switch is about the same size as a Cisco 2950/60 Series.

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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:27 am

What are the slot measurements?
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Re: Pluto Switch

Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:53 pm

it's also odd that with all the information on the "net" this was not.

some serious hush hush going on.
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Re: Pluto Switch

Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:25 am

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This is the chipset being used

The BCM56820 is a 24-port 10GbE multilayer switch with four GbE ports; each of the 10-GbE ports can also support 1 GbE, 2.5 GbE, or 10 GbE, as well as HiGig™/HiGig2™ protocols.
The BCM56820 supports line rate, full-duplex switching for 240+ Gbps and has built-in Layer 2, VLAN, and Layer 3 tables with 10 Quality of Service queues per port.

These appear to be related this article from a few years ago
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/19 ... _switches/

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Re: Pluto Switch

Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:18 pm

I've scrubbed this topic of the 2 OPs usernames.

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Re: Pluto Switch

Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:57 am

The names have been changed to protect the innocent - and its nice to see this unlocked and cleaned :D
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Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:38 am

I must know more.
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Re: Pluto Switch

Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:04 am

How long for design to a working model? http://www.nyquistcapital.com/2007/11/1 ... be-switch/
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Re: Pluto Switch

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:50 am

Project2501 wrote:How long for design to a working model? http://www.nyquistcapital.com/2007/11/1 ... be-switch/


Nice find..
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Re: Pluto Switch

Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:48 pm

scottsee wrote:
Project2501 wrote:How long for design to a working model? http://www.nyquistcapital.com/2007/11/1 ... be-switch/


Nice find..
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Not really, I linked to that on the second page when we still didn't know what it was :D
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Re: Pluto Switch

Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:31 pm

:doh: missed that.
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