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Product Line: Mellanox SX6036 Series
Product Type: Switch System
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Product Description

The MSX6036F-1SFS is a Mellanox InfiniBand switch featuring a SwitchX®-2-based 36-port QSFP FDR configuration within a 19’’ rack mountable, 1U chassis. It offers a non-blocking switching capacity of 4Tb/s and supports both passive copper and active fiber cables to ensure flexible connectivity options. With port-to-port latency as low as 200ns and dual Ethernet ports for management, this switch is designed for high-performance computing environments requiring efficient data throughput and minimal latency.

FAQs for the MSX6036F-1SFS

  • What is the switching capacity of the SwitchX®-2-based 36-port QSFP FDR 1U Managed InfiniBand switch system?
    The switching capacity is 4Tb/s.
  • How many QSFP ports does the Managed InfiniBand switch system feature?
    It features 36 QSFP non-blocking ports.
  • What are the power consumption values for the switch using passive and active cables?
    Passive cable consumption is 126W, and active cable consumption is 231W.
  • Can the switch system be mounted in a 19’’ rack?
    Yes, it is designed for 19’’ rack mount with a 1U form factor.
  • What is the port-to-port latency of this InfiniBand switch system?
    The port-to-port latency is 200ns.
  • Does the switch support redundant power supplies?
    Yes, optional redundant power supplies and fan units are supported.
  • What are the operating temperature and humidity ranges for the switch?
    Operating temperature is 0ºC to 45ºC, and humidity range is 10% to 85%.
  • What types of cables can be used with the QSFP ports?
    Both passive copper and active fiber cables are compatible.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of the Managed InfiniBand switch system?
    Dimensions are 1.72’’H x 16.84’’W x 24.7’’D, and it weighs 20.5lb (9.3kg).
  • Are there any additional connectivity options besides QSFP ports?
    Yes, it includes dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, an RS232 port over DB9, and a USB port.

Product Review

The Mellanox MSX6036F-1SFS offers a non-blocking switching capacity of 4Tb/s across 36 QSFP ports, ensuring high data throughput and a low port-to-port latency of 200ns, which enhances performance for demanding network environments. However, its power consumption varies significantly between passive (126W) and active (231W) cable usage, potentially impacting operational costs in large deployments. Additionally, while the switch supports optional redundant power supplies and fan units for improved reliability, these are not standard features, which may necessitate additional investment for critical applications requiring high availability.


The Mellanox MSX6036F-1SFS is a high-performance, 36-port QSFP FDR InfiniBand switch designed for data center environments requiring efficient, high bandwidth connectivity. This 1U managed switch system is built on the SwitchX®-2 architecture, providing a non-blocking switching capacity of 4Tb/s, which facilitates rapid data movement and processing capabilities essential for advanced computing applications. This switch supports 36 QSFP non-blocking ports, offering an aggregate data throughput of up to 4.032Tb/s, making it well-suited for environments where data transfer speed is critical. With a port-to-port latency of 200ns, it ensures minimal delay in data transmission, enhancing application performance. The system is equipped with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, an RS232 port over DB9, and a USB port, providing flexible connectivity options for management and configuration. The MSX6036F-1SFS is designed for easy integration into existing network infrastructures, with a standard depth 19’’ rack-mountable chassis that is 1U high. It supports both passive copper and active fiber cables, allowing for versatile deployment options based on distance and bandwidth requirements. The switch's dimensions are 1.72’’H x 16.84’’W x 24.7’’D, and it weighs 20.5lb (9.3kg), making it compact yet powerful. Power efficiency is a key consideration in the design of the MSX6036F-1SFS. Typical power consumption varies with the type of cable used; with passive cables, the power consumption is approximately 126W, while active cables increase the consumption to about 231W. The system also features optional redundant power supplies and fan units, enhancing its reliability and uptime by providing backup in case of component failure. For environments with specific airflow requirements, the MSX6036F-1SFS offers a port-to-cable (P2C) airflow configuration, ensuring optimal cooling and system performance. The switch operates within a temperature range of 0ºC to 45ºC, with a non-operating temperature range of -40ºC to 70ºC. Humidity tolerance ranges from 10% to 85% during operation, accommodating various data center environments. Key features include: - <>Non-blocking switching capacity of 4Tb/s. - <>36 QSFP ports with up to 4.032Tb/s aggregate throughput. - <>Port-to-port latency of 200ns. The MSX6036F-1SFS is compliant with RoHS-6 directives, reflecting Mellanox's commitment to environmental responsibility. It is an ideal solution for data centers requiring high-speed data transfer, low latency, and flexible connectivity options in a compact, power-efficient package.


Part Number MSX6036F-1SFS
Manufacturer Mellanox
Product Type InfiniBand switch, 36-port QSFP, FDR, 1U based on SwitchX®-2
Switching Capacity 4 Terabits per second, non-blocking
Power Supply Single, with option for redundancy
Form Factor Standard 1U depth for 19-inch racks, optional redundant power and cooling
Airflow Direction Port to cable (P2C)
Compliance RoHS-6 compliant
Ports 36 QSFP, non-blocking, total throughput up to 4.032 Terabits per second
Latency 200 nanoseconds, port-to-port
Management Ports Dual Ethernet 10/100/1000, RS232 via DB9, USB interface
Cable Support QSFP interfaces for passive copper or active optical cables
Dimensions Height: 1.72 inches, Width: 16.84 inches, Depth: 24.7 inches
Weight 20.5 pounds (9.3 kilograms)
Power Consumption (FDR) Passive cables: 126 Watts, Active cables: 231 Watts
Switching Capacity Up to 4 Terabits per second
Cooling and Power Options Optional redundancy for both power supplies and cooling fans
Temperature Range Operating: 0ºC to 45ºC, Non-operating: -40ºC to 70ºC
Humidity Tolerance Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing

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