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Hardware Acceleration

FortiGate 200F and 201F fast path architecture

The FortiGate 200F and 201F both include a SOC4 NP6XLite processor. The SOC4 CPU and CP9XLite are not used. Instead, the FortiGate 200F and 201F architecture includes separate CPU resources and two standard CP9 processors. All of the data interfaces (1 to 24 and X1 to X4) connect to the NP6XLite processor through the integrated switch fabric. The X3 and X4 interfaces are FortiLink interfaces. The HA and MGMT interfaces, are not connected to the NP6XLite processor.

The FortiGate 200F and 201F models feature the following front panel interfaces:

  • Two 10/100/1000BASE-T Copper (HA, MGMT) that are not connected to the NP6XLite.
  • Sixteen 10/100/1000BASE-T Copper (1 to 16).
  • Four 10 GigE SFP+ (X1 to X4). X3 and X3 are FortiLink interfaces.
  • Eight 1GigE SFP (17 to 24).

All front panel data interfaces and the NP6XLite processor connect to the integrated switch fabric (ISF). All data traffic passes from the data interfaces through the ISF to the NP6XLite processor. All supported traffic passing between any two data interfaces can be offloaded by the NP6XLite processor. Data traffic to be processed by the CPU takes a dedicated data path through the ISF and the NP6XLite processor to the CPU.

The MGMT interface is not connected to the NP6XLite processor. Management traffic passes to the CPU over a dedicated management path that is separate from the data path. The HA interface is also not connected to the NP6XLite processor. To help provide better HA stability and resiliency, HA traffic uses a dedicated physical control path that provides HA control traffic separation from data traffic processing. The separation of management and HA traffic from data traffic keeps management and HA traffic from affecting the stability and performance of data traffic processing.

You can use the command diagnose npu np6xlite port-list to display the FortiGate 200F or 201F NP6XLite configuration.

diagnose npu np6xlite port-list
Chip   XAUI Ports            Max   Cross-chip 
                             Speed offloading 
------ ---- -------          ----- ---------- 
np6xlite_0
       19   port1            1000M          NO
       19   port2            1000M          NO
       19   port3            1000M          NO
       19   port4            1000M          NO
       19   port5            1000M          NO
       19   port6            1000M          NO
       19   port7            1000M          NO
       19   port8            1000M          NO
       19   port9            1000M          NO
       19   port10           1000M          NO
       19   port11           1000M          NO
       19   port12           1000M          NO
       19   port13           1000M          NO
       19   port14           1000M          NO
       19   port15           1000M          NO
       19   port16           1000M          NO
       19   port17           1000M          NO
       19   port18           1000M          NO
       19   port19           1000M          NO
       19   port20           1000M          NO
       19   port21           1000M          NO
       19   port22           1000M          NO
       19   port23           1000M          NO
       19   port24           1000M          NO
       19   x1               10000M         NO
       19   x2               10000M         NO
       19   x3               10000M         NO
       19   x4               10000M         NO

FortiGate 200F and 201F fast path architecture

The FortiGate 200F and 201F both include a SOC4 NP6XLite processor. The SOC4 CPU and CP9XLite are not used. Instead, the FortiGate 200F and 201F architecture includes separate CPU resources and two standard CP9 processors. All of the data interfaces (1 to 24 and X1 to X4) connect to the NP6XLite processor through the integrated switch fabric. The X3 and X4 interfaces are FortiLink interfaces. The HA and MGMT interfaces, are not connected to the NP6XLite processor.

The FortiGate 200F and 201F models feature the following front panel interfaces:

  • Two 10/100/1000BASE-T Copper (HA, MGMT) that are not connected to the NP6XLite.
  • Sixteen 10/100/1000BASE-T Copper (1 to 16).
  • Four 10 GigE SFP+ (X1 to X4). X3 and X3 are FortiLink interfaces.
  • Eight 1GigE SFP (17 to 24).

All front panel data interfaces and the NP6XLite processor connect to the integrated switch fabric (ISF). All data traffic passes from the data interfaces through the ISF to the NP6XLite processor. All supported traffic passing between any two data interfaces can be offloaded by the NP6XLite processor. Data traffic to be processed by the CPU takes a dedicated data path through the ISF and the NP6XLite processor to the CPU.

The MGMT interface is not connected to the NP6XLite processor. Management traffic passes to the CPU over a dedicated management path that is separate from the data path. The HA interface is also not connected to the NP6XLite processor. To help provide better HA stability and resiliency, HA traffic uses a dedicated physical control path that provides HA control traffic separation from data traffic processing. The separation of management and HA traffic from data traffic keeps management and HA traffic from affecting the stability and performance of data traffic processing.

You can use the command diagnose npu np6xlite port-list to display the FortiGate 200F or 201F NP6XLite configuration.

diagnose npu np6xlite port-list
Chip   XAUI Ports            Max   Cross-chip 
                             Speed offloading 
------ ---- -------          ----- ---------- 
np6xlite_0
       19   port1            1000M          NO
       19   port2            1000M          NO
       19   port3            1000M          NO
       19   port4            1000M          NO
       19   port5            1000M          NO
       19   port6            1000M          NO
       19   port7            1000M          NO
       19   port8            1000M          NO
       19   port9            1000M          NO
       19   port10           1000M          NO
       19   port11           1000M          NO
       19   port12           1000M          NO
       19   port13           1000M          NO
       19   port14           1000M          NO
       19   port15           1000M          NO
       19   port16           1000M          NO
       19   port17           1000M          NO
       19   port18           1000M          NO
       19   port19           1000M          NO
       19   port20           1000M          NO
       19   port21           1000M          NO
       19   port22           1000M          NO
       19   port23           1000M          NO
       19   port24           1000M          NO
       19   x1               10000M         NO
       19   x2               10000M         NO
       19   x3               10000M         NO
       19   x4               10000M         NO