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FACT is a tool to aid in bringing up and debugging InfiniBand networks. FACT analyzes an InfiniBand network and builds a coherent model of the relationships between InfiniBand objects (nodes, ports, GUIDs, and LIDs) and physical objects (chassis, cards, and ports). FACT also does the following:
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The Cisco Fabric Analysis and Correlation Toolkit (FACT) is a software application that aids in bringing up and debugging InfiniBand networks. FACT analyzes hardware objects and identifies components in the fabric that need attention, such as faulty cables, loose cables, faulty HCAs, and faulty switches and switching modules. FACT also analyzes InfiniBand networks at a high level to detect errors in the fabric by building coherent models of the relationships between InfiniBand objects (nodes, ports, GUIDs, and LIDs) and physical objects (chassis, cards, and ports).
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FACT collects and reports the network topology and connectivity at the level of a simple subnet, monitors the logs on Cisco SFS switches, and summarizes and annotates the most important information therein. FACT maintains a historical view of a subnet and can show how the topology changes over time.
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FACT also does the following:
* Provides tools to explore the relationships between InfiniBand objects and physical objects
* Provides tools to explore the relationships between InfiniBand objects and physical objects
* Enables you to annotate logs, especially Subnet Manager logs, turning each GUID into a meaningful location in a chassis
* Enables you to annotate logs, especially Subnet Manager logs, turning each GUID into a meaningful location in a chassis
* Collects InfiniBand port counters and displays them, also with meaningful locations
* Collects InfiniBand port counters and displays them, also with meaningful locations
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* Updates firmware over a number of switches
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* Enables and disables ports
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* Sets port speed and width
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FACT is a command-line tool that runs on Linux and has its own command interpreter. You can either start FACT and interactively enter commands or invoke a single command directly from the shell.
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This toolkit aids system administrators in managing and deploying a new IB fabric. FACT provides an abstraction layer across the Cisco IB switching family.
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When FACT scans an InfiniBand network, it connects through secure shell (ssh) to each switch on the network and optionally to each host. FACT does not need to run on a host that is directly connected to the InfiniBand network.
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Revision as of 15:33, 2 April 2008

The Cisco Fabric Analysis and Correlation Toolkit (FACT) is a software application that aids in bringing up and debugging InfiniBand networks. FACT analyzes hardware objects and identifies components in the fabric that need attention, such as faulty cables, loose cables, faulty HCAs, and faulty switches and switching modules. FACT also analyzes InfiniBand networks at a high level to detect errors in the fabric by building coherent models of the relationships between InfiniBand objects (nodes, ports, GUIDs, and LIDs) and physical objects (chassis, cards, and ports).

FACT collects and reports the network topology and connectivity at the level of a simple subnet, monitors the logs on Cisco SFS switches, and summarizes and annotates the most important information therein. FACT maintains a historical view of a subnet and can show how the topology changes over time.

FACT also does the following:

  • Provides tools to explore the relationships between InfiniBand objects and physical objects
  • Enables you to annotate logs, especially Subnet Manager logs, turning each GUID into a meaningful location in a chassis
  • Collects InfiniBand port counters and displays them, also with meaningful locations
  • Updates firmware over a number of switches
  • Enables and disables ports
  • Sets port speed and width

This toolkit aids system administrators in managing and deploying a new IB fabric. FACT provides an abstraction layer across the Cisco IB switching family.

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