ExpressBox 16 Smart

ExpressBox 16 Smart

Multi-Host 16 Slot PCI Express® Expansion System

ExpressBox 16 Smart expands one host PCIe® slot to sixteen slots by extending PCI Express signals over a high-bandwidth x8 or x16 connection to an external Magma enclosure. When combined with Magma’s software utility, Express I/O Manager, technology managers have the flexibility to partition slots inside the expansion chassis to up to four separate servers.

Key Features

  • Cooling (4) 77 CFM Hot-swappable Fans
  • Slots 16 PCIe Slots
  • Power 850 Watt, 1700 Watt or 850 Watt Redundant
  • Speed 40 Gbps or 80 Gbps
  • Extras 4U rack-mount enclosure
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Smart, Manageable, Multi-Host Expansion.

ExpressBox 16 Smart

Part # eb16-sx8

ExpressBox 16 Smart expands one host PCIe® slot to sixteen slots by extending PCI Express signals over a high-bandwidth x8 or x16 connection to an external Magma enclosure. When combined with Magma’s software utility, Express I/O Manager, technology managers have the flexibility to partition slots inside the expansion chassis to up to four separate servers. Express I/O Manager also provides access to monitor the most critical components like power temperature, fans and PCI Express links through an Ethernet connection.  The software tool can be integrated with any SNMP agent in the IT network.

Smart, Manageable, Multi-Host Expansion

PCI Express connectivity has matured well beyond the early days of PCI into a fully capable “outside the box” high-speed interconnect for the most demanding mission critical applications in HPC and IT infrastructures.  As cloud computing and remote services become standard, offering a flexible, manageable, and cost effective expansion solution is demanded for high-speed Ethernet, HBAs, Fibre Channel SAN controllers, GPUs, video accelerators, and more.

Expansion Partitioning Between Multiple Servers

A unique feature of the ExpressBox 16 Smart allows the PCIe expansion slots to be partitioned between 4 different servers. Using the Express I/O Manager, 3 different partitioning configurations can be selected. In the default configuration, all 16 expansion slots are accessed by one host computer. Configurations 2 and 3 provide up to 3 expansion cards per server at x16 speeds, and up to seven expansion cards for a fourth server at x8 speeds. A separate host adapter is required for each server.

ExpressBox 16 Smart consists of a pair of interface cards (x8 or x16), an iPass cable and a 4U rack-mount expansion chassis. The Magma expansion chassis is automatically configured by the System BIOS, with the expansion slots appearing transparently on the host computer.

Benefits:

  • Add (16) slots through a single host slot
  • x8 or x16 interconnect options – speeds up to 80Gbps
  • Partition expansion slots among four individual servers
  • Offers flexibility in configuration and allocation of scarce or expensive I/O resources
  • Keep the PCIe I/O configuration consistent from server to server
  • Minimize downtime by servicing problems immediately
  • Reduce power and space requirements
  • Protect investment of expensive I/O cards during server migrations and upgrades
  • Add any combinations of x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCIe cards

Features:

  • 850W, 1700W or 850W redundant power supply
  • Remote monitoring with SNMP and Web Interface
  • Express I/O Manager provides an enhancement to existing SNMP protocol
  • Notifications of failures by SNMP trap, audible alarm, and email
  • Low profile PCIe host card can be installed in any server
  • LEDs on backplane indicate active link, speed (Gen 1 or Gen 2), partial or complete lane training
  • Supports peer-to-peer transfers between cards in the expansion chassis to provide full-bandwidth potential among I/O cards
  • Four hot-swappable cooling fans
  • Multiple power supply options with auxiliary power connectors to support high-wattage cards
  • 4U rack-mount enclosure with superior EMI control, vibration, shock and moisture resistance

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ExpressBox 16 Smart Specifications

Model
EB16-SX8 ExpressBox 16 - (14) x8 and (2) x16 PCIe slots
Technology
 
  • PCI Express Bus Specification Revision 2.0
  • PCI Bridge Architecture Revision 1.2
  • PCI Local Bus Specification Revision 2.3
Hardware
Backplane
  • (17) PCI Express slots
  • 4 slots available for host link
  • 14 slots, x8 PCIe
  • 2 slots, x16 PCIe
Cable 3-meter iPass Cable
Interconnect Bandwidth
  • 40Gbps (PCIe x8 Link Gen 2)
  • 80Gbps (PCIe x16 Link Gen 2)
Cable
  3-meter iPass
Host Card Power Consumption
x8 PCIe 1.2A @ +3.3V (3.96 watts)
x16 PCIe 1.5A @ +3.3V (5 watts)
Enclosure
Rack-mount 4U Rack-mount
Dimensions 19”W x, 7”H x 20”D
Weight 28 lbs (13 Kg)
  Removable/cleanable air filter
System Cooling
 
  • (4) 77 CFM Fans - Hot Swappable
Power Supply
 
  • 850 Watt, 1700 Watt or 850 Watt Redundant
  • 100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz Power Input
  • 12V @ 60Amps
  • 3.3V @ 33 Amps
Environmental
Ambient Temperature 0º to 50º C
Storage Temperature -55º to 125º C
Relative Humidity 0% to 90% non-condensing
MTBF
850W standard power supply 185,600 hours
1700W dual standard power supply 106,600 hours
850W redundant power supply 720,000 hours
Regulatory Compliance
FCC Class A Verified
CE Certified
RoHS Compliant
Supported Operating Systems
 
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Solaris
Warranty
30 day money back guarantee
1 year return to factory
Package Contents
Chassis
  • Sixteen PCI Express slots
  • Card hold down bar
  • Cooling fans (Hot-Swappable)
  • Power Supply
  • PCI Express card slot openings
  • Interconnect to computer
  • Power cord socket
Hardware Included
  • 3m iPass cable
  • PCI Express link cards (x8 or x16)

ExpressBox 16 Smart Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Slot Management feature requires especial setting in order to work with my computer?

You must disable the Spread Spectrum in BIOS in order to use Express I/O Manager slot management tool.  If the motherboard is not capable of spread spectrum clocking or the ability to turn it On-Off in BIOS, Express I/O Manager will not function properly.

In the BIOS you should see an option to enable or disable Spread Spectrum. If you don’t see it, it means the motherboard/ BIOS does not support Spread Spectrum

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