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Introduction to the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server

This chapter contains the following sections:

1.1 Overview of the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server

The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server is a high-performance single-blade server computer based on one UltraSPARC® T1 multicore processor and designed for high availability in a switched network computing environment. This blade server is compliant with Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture® (ATCA) specifications (PICMG® 3.0 and PICMG 3.1) and can achieve greater performance levels than compactPCI (cPCI) standards-based products targeted for telco markets.

The PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) standards committee has developed the new ATCA (or PICMG 3.x) standard to address the issues posed by previous standards based on cPCI and cPSB (PICMG 2.x). The PICMG 3.x specification brought the following changes to the existing PICMG 2.x family of products:

The ATCA standard consists of the PICMG 3.0, PICMG 3.1, PICMG 3.2, and PICMG 3.3 specifications. The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server complies with:

1.2 Features of the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server

The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server provides two 1000BASE-T Ethernet interfaces for the Base interface (a requirement of PICMG 3.0) and two serializer, deserializer (SERDES) gigabit Ethernet interfaces (PICMG 3.1) for the Extended interface. The Base interface is used as the control interface and the Extended interface can be used for data traffic. Both Base and Extended interfaces are configured as Dual Star topologies.

Sun Netra CP3060 blade server features include:

FIGURE 1-1 and FIGURE 1-2 show the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server.

FIGURE 1-1 Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server Front Panel

1 - Top latch

6 - Out of Service LED (yellow)

2 - AMC Hard Disk Drive (optional)

7 - OK LED (green)

3 - Ethernet port A (RJ-45)

8 - Hot-Swap LED (blue)

4 - Ethernet port B (RJ-45)

9 - Hot-Swap switch and bottom latch

5 - Serial port (RJ-45, ttya)

FIGURE 1-2 Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server (Top View)

TABLE 1-1 lists features of the blade server.

TABLE 1-1 Feature Summary for the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server




  • One UltraSPARC T1 processor (4, 6, or 8 core)
  • CPU core speed: 1.0 GHz


  • Eight DDR-2 240-pin Very Low Profile (VLP) DIMMs, buffered, registered
  • 1-Gbyte or 2-Gbyte DIMMs, for a total memory of 16 Gbytes
  • ECC supported

Power requirement

ATCA 3.0 standard of 200 watts maximum

PICMG compliance

  • PICMG 3.0 R1.0
  • PICMG 3.1 R1.0

Node board support

Functions as a CPU node board with the Solaris software package

Operating system

Solaris 10 6/06 OS and subsequent compatible versions with supported Netra patches

Internal I/O (connections to ATCA midplane)

  • Dual gigabit Ethernet for Base interface
  • Dual SERDES interface as Extended interface
  • Dual IPMI channel connects to the midplane for communicating with the Shelf Management card

External I/O

  • Two 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet ports on front panel
  • One asynchronous serial port for maintenance on front panel
  • One AMC slot with front panel access for AMC I/O
  • Rear access support using Sun Netra CP3060 RTM:
  • One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
  • One asynchronous serial port. Access is available in front and rear when RTM is present. Note: Either serial port can be used; but only one of the serial ports can be used at a time.


Provision for adding an independent hardware vendor (IHV)-supplied AMC disk or PCI-E card on front panel

IPMI system management

Uses IPMI communications with baseboard management controller (BMC); performs advanced system monitoring (ASM) on local board interface (for example, temperature sense, FRU ID, and control)

Hot-swap support

  • Basic, full, and high-availability (HA) hot-swap support for node board
  • AMC disk/card hot-swap support

Front panel access

  • One serial port (RJ-45)
  • Two 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports (RJ-45)
  • Cutout for installing AMC without removing blade server from system

Building compliance

Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Level 3

Flash update

Supported from downloaded file

Note - For EMI compliance of front access ports, use shielded cables on all I/O ports. The shields for all shielded cables must be terminated on both ends.

1.3 Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server System Configurations

Sun Netra CP3060 blade servers can be installed in an ATCA shelf (or chassis), shown in FIGURE 1-3. The blade servers can be deployed in various electrical configurations to suit each end-user requirement. For example, the blade server can be configured to boot from a network as a diskless client with either a front panel or RTM network connection, or from an optional Compact Flash card. Alternatively, industry-standard Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) hardware from IHVs can be installed to provide local disk I/O, which can be used optionally as a boot path. The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server has fixed on-blade server memory and connectors for additional memory.

FIGURE 1-3 Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server in an ATCA Shelf Enclosure

1.3.1 AMC Modules

The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server has one AMC slot to provide additional I/O to the front panel. The AMC slot supports AMC-compatible SATA disk drives and PCI-E cards. See Section A.4.2, AMC Connector for more information.

1.3.2 Rear Transition Module

The optional Sun Netra CP3060 RTM installs into the rear of the ATCA enclosure, opposite the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server (see FIGURE 1-5). The RTM connects with the host node board’s Zone 3 rear I/O connectors and includes a serial port and 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port, both with RJ-45 connectors (see FIGURE 1-4).

FIGURE 1-4 Sun Netra CP3060 Rear Transition Module

Figure displaying the main components of the Netra CP2300 transition card.


FIGURE 1-5 shows the physical relationship between the blade server, the rear transition module, and the midplane in a typical ATCA system.

FIGURE 1-5 Relationship of the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server, Midplane, and RTM

Figure showing the installation of a blade server and transition card in corresponding cPSB slots.

Note - When the RTM is used with the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server, shielded cables are required for serial I/O ports. Unshielded cables can be used on Ethernet ports to satisfy EMI compliance standards. The shields for all shielded cables must be terminated on both ends.

The customer can order the Sun Netra CP3060 RTM, build a custom card, or buy from an IHV. A minimal set of I/O must provide a boot path for the host board and a path for console I/O to deliver commands and to read board and system status.

Possible boot and console configurations are described in TABLE 1-2. Sun Microsystems provides the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server and a compatible Sun Netra CP3060 RTM. The other configurations require IHV hardware.

TABLE 1-2 I/O Configurations


Hardware Required



Sun Netra CP3060 blade server

Sun Netra CP3060 RTM (RTM--supplied as an option for rear access)

Default boot path uses the Ethernet port; when the blade server runs in diskless client configuration.


Through the AMC connector

SATA devices can be used for local booting.

Serial data

Sun Netra CP3060 blade server

Sun Netra CP3060 RTM

Serial port on front panel provides a path for a console I/O.

The serial port can be used on either the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server or Sun Netra CP3060 RTM, but both ports cannot be used at the same time. If the serial port on Sun Netra CP3060 blade server is used, the serial port on the Sun Netra CP3060 RTM should not be used and vise versa.

Compact Flash

Sun Compact Flash card

The Compact Flash connector can be used to add an optional 8-Gbyte user flash type I/II memory card.

1.4 Hot-Swap Support

This section briefly discusses the hot-swap support on the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server.

There are three hot-swap models described in the PICMG ATCA specification: basic hot-swap, full hot-swap, and high-availability (HA) hot-swap. Refer to the PICMG ATCA Specification, which provides a detailed description of this subject.

This process uses hardware connection control to connect the hardware in an orderly sequence.

1.5 System Requirements

This section contains the system-level hardware and software requirements for the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server.

1.5.1 Hardware Requirements

Sun provides the following items for customer order:

The RTM enables rear system I/O access to the network, to a boot device, and to a console terminal (shown in FIGURE 1-4). Refer to the Sun Netra CP3060 Rear Transition Module User’s Guide (819-6689) for more information.

The Sun Netra CP3060 RTM is optional and must be ordered separately.

An IDE Compact Flash card is optional and must be ordered separately.

Acquire the following components, if needed:

TABLE 1-3 lists ATCA and other minimum requirements met by the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server.

TABLE 1-3 ATCA and Other Minimum Requirements Met By the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server


Sun Netra CP3060 Node Blade Server

ATCA system enclosure for 8U boards (includes chassis, midplane, power supply)


Console output device or serial terminal


Boot device (such as hard drive, network, or Compact Flash card)


Peripheral device for network access


Intelligent Platform Management Controller (IPMC)


1.5.2 Software Requirements

The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server supports the following versions of the Solaris OS:

Refer to the Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server Product Notes (819-4966) for more Solaris OS information, including a list of the required Netra software patches. You can view and download the latest version of this manual at the following web site:


1.6 Technical Support and Warranty

Should you have any technical questions or support issues that are not addressed in the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server documentation set or on the web site, contact your local Sun Services representative. This hardware carries a one-year return-to-depot warranty. For customers in the US or Canada, call 1-800-USA-4SUN (1-800-872-4786). For customers in the rest of the world, find the World Wide Solution Center nearest you by visiting our web site:


When you call Sun Services, be sure to indicate if the Sun Netra CP3060 blade server was purchased separately and is not associated with a system. Have the proper blade server identification information ready. Be prepared to give the representative the blade server part number, serial number, and date code (see FIGURE 1-6).

1.6.1 Blade Server Part Number, Serial Number, and Revision Number Identification

The Sun Netra CP3060 blade server part number, serial number, and revision can be found on labels located on the card (see FIGURE 1-6). The Sun barcode labels provide the following information:

The Media Access Control (MAC) address label contains the MAC address for the blade server in printed and barcode form.

FIGURE 1-6 Sun Netra CP3060 Blade Server Barcode Labeling

Figure showing the location of the barcode labels on a typical Netra CP2300 blade server.

Note - You might find the labels shown in FIGURE 1-6 on other locations on your blade server. Your particular blade server configuration might also appear different from the illustration.