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Clariion basic & Architecture

Clariion basic & Architecture

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Clariion Basic & Architecture difference between Cx300 & cx700
Clariion Basic & Architecture difference between Cx300 & cx700

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DAE: Disk Array EnclosureDPE: Disk Processor EnclosureSPE: Service Processor Enclosure
A DAE, DPE and SPE does sound similar to each other, but below you will seethe major differences between them.The picture above is a diagram of a Clariion Backend Architecture. Drives areenclosed in DAE’s and Service Processors in DPE’s or SPE’s depending on themodel types.
 DAE: Disk Array Enclosure
Each Disk Array Enclosure (DAE) holds 15 drives, count starts from 0 to 14.
 
DPE: Disk Processor Enclosure
The CX200, CX300, CX400 and CX500 have DPE’s installed in them that canhold 15 drives in the front with 2 Service Processors in the back.
SPE: Service Processor Enclosure
With CX3’s, CX4’s, CX600 and CX700, the SPE holds the Service Processorsin the backend with cooling fans in the front end.
Architecture
CX200, CX300, CX3-10 has one bus/loopCX400, CX500, CX600 has two bus/loopsCX700, CX3-20, CX3-40, CX3-80 has 4 bus/loops.With more bus / loops you can expect more throughput. The ClariionCX700’s and the new CX3’s & CX4’s have more buses than the traditionalCX200, CX300, CX400 and CX500.All data from host goes to cache and is queued to be written on disk throughthis backend bus / loops. The speed of backend bus / loop on a CX series of machine is 2Gb, with CX3’s it jumps up to 4 Gb and with CX4’s to 8GB persecond.Also the bus/loop initiates at the SP level and goes up to the DAE’s whichhave LCC (Link Control Cards). Each LCC is where the bus / loop from theprevious DAE/SP comes in and further daisy chains to the one above it,creating a true chained environment and protecting from single points of failure. All LCC’s are connected (loop) using HSSDC (cables). These HSSDCcables and LCC cards are hot swappable which will not cause an outage onthe machine. There are Power Supplies on each SPE, DAE, DPE allowing hotreplacements on those while the machine is functional. Based on yourenvironment these replacements might possibly cause some performanceissues or I/O bottleneck during the replacement window.
Addressing
Part of Architecture of Clariion is the Addressing scheme. To be able toproperly understand the Clariion functionality and its backend working, theaddressing scheme is very important.Based on the model number you will have X number of buses.For exampleCX200, CX300, CX3-10 has one bus/loop
 
CX400, CX500, CX600 has two bus/loopsCX700, CX3-20, CX3-40, CX3-80 has 4 bus/loops.Each bus is numbered as BUS 0, BUS 1, BUS 2 and BUS 3 depending on themodel types.Each DAE (Disk Array Enclosure) located on the BUS is numbered based onthe actual physical loop number running into it. Again numbering starts at 0.So for a CX700, if you have 4 Buses and 8 DAE’s you will have youraddressing as follows:Bus0_Enclosure0Bus1_Enclosure0Bus2_Enclosure0Bus3_Enclosure0Bus0_Enclosure1Bus1_Enclosure1Bus2_Enclosure1Bus3_Enclosure1And so forth…..the picture above explains that in a CX500 with 2 bus / loops.The idea is the SPE/DPE is where the bus/loop starts and runs into the DAE(enclosures) assigning them a unique ID for communication and expansionpurposes.Further to add some complexity to the mix, each DAE can have 15 drivesinstalled in it starting at Slot 0 and going to Slot 14.To the equation above with the bus and enclosure, we have BUSX_ENCLOSURE X, now with the disk info included we have BUSX_ENCLOSURE X_DISK XX in short called B_E_D.Disk 9 installed on Bus 0, Enclosure 0, would designate it asBus0_Enclosure0_Disk9 or in short 0_0_9.For the 2
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drive installed in Bus 2, Enclosure 0, you would have the addressas ??????????????????????????2_0_1

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