Backplane vs Switching capacity

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Mar 31st, 2014
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Hi All,

I was reading H3C 7500 specs (due to some competitive requirement) and found that they have listed backplane and switching capacity separately

 

http://www.h3c.com/portal/Products___Solutions/Products/Switches/H3C_S75...

 

The H3C S7500 Series switch deploys SalienceTM III series engines with maximum switching capacity 768Gbps, with throughput as much as 432Mpps, while the backplane capacity reach 1.68Tbps.

 

I thought switching capacity and backplane capacity are same, but it seems they arent. I know its not cisco related but i am sure its general, can someone please help me understand this ?

 

 

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Muhammad Thanveer Fri, 04/11/2014 - 01:39
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Hello John,

Backplane and switching capacities are slightly different. Backplane capacity is similar to bus speed in a computer. 
It defines the bandwidth of the module-to-module interconnect in large multi-module switches. 


Backplane speed is just one component of total speed, it means total backplane throughput of a switch would be the sum of the port speeds.

Switching speed is the rate that a port-to-port transfer can be made.

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Thanveer

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