The FortiGate 2000E features the following front panel interfaces:
- Two 10/100/1000BASE-T Copper interfaces (MGMT1 and MGMT2, not connected to the NP6 processors)
- Thirty-two 10/100/1000BASE-T interfaces (1 to 32)
- Four 10GigE SFP+ interfaces (33 to 36)
- Two 10GigE SFP+ (37 and 38)
The FortiGate 2000E includes three NP6 processors in an NP Direct configuration. The NP6 processors connected to the 10GigE ports are also in a low latency NP Direct configuration.
The NP6s are connected to network interfaces as follows:
- NP6_0 is connected to 33 to 36 in a low latency configuration
- NP6_1 is connected to 1 to 32
- NP6_2 is connected to 37 and 38 in a low latency configuration
As a result of the NP Direct configuration, traffic will only be offloaded if it enters and exits the FortiGate-2000E on interfaces connected to the same NP6 processor.
The following diagram also shows the XAUI and QSGMII port connections between the NP6 processors and the front panel interfaces and the aggregate switch for the thirty-two 10/100/1000BASE-T interfaces.
All data traffic passes from the data interfaces to the NP6 processors. Data traffic processed by the CPU takes a dedicated data path through the ISF and an NP6 processor to the CPU.
The MGMT interfaces are not connected to the NP6 processors. Management traffic passes to the CPU over a dedicated management path that is separate from the data paths. You can also dedicate separate CPU resources for management traffic to further isolate management processing from data processing (see Dedicated management CPU). This separation of management traffic from data traffic keeps management traffic from interfering with the stability and performance of data traffic processing.
You can use the following get command to display the FortiGate 2000E NP6 configuration. You can also use the
diagnose npu np6 port-list command to display this information.
get hardware npu np6 port-list Chip XAUI Ports Max Cross-chip Speed offloading ------ ---- ------- ----- ---------- np6_1 0 port1 1G No 0 port5 1G No 0 port9 1G No 0 port13 1G No 0 port17 1G No 0 port21 1G No 0 port25 1G No 0 port29 1G No 1 port2 1G No 1 port6 1G No 1 port10 1G No 1 port14 1G No 1 port18 1G No 1 port22 1G No 1 port26 1G No 1 port30 1G No 2 port3 1G No 2 port7 1G No 2 port11 1G No 2 port15 1G No 2 port19 1G No 2 port23 1G No 2 port27 1G No 2 port31 1G No 3 port4 1G No 3 port8 1G No 3 port12 1G No 3 port16 1G No 3 port20 1G No 3 port24 1G No 3 port28 1G No 3 port32 1G No ------ ---- ------- ----- ---------- np6_0 0 port33 10G No 1 port34 10G No 2 port35 10G No 3 port36 10G No ------ ---- ------- ----- ---------- np6_2 0 port37 10G No 1 port38 10G No ------ ---- ------- ----- ----------
The FortiGate- 2000E supports creating LAGs that include interfaces connected to different NP6 processors. Because the FortiGate-2000E does not have an internal switch fabric, when you set up a LAG consisting of interfaces connected to different NP6 processors, interfaces connected to each NP6 processor are added to different interface groups in the LAG. One interface group becomes the active group and processes all traffic. The interfaces in the other group or groups become passive. No traffic is processed by interfaces in the passive group or groups unless all of the interfaces in the active group fail or become disconnected.
Since only one NP6 processor can process traffic accepted by the LAG, creating a LAG with multuple NP6 processors does not improve performance in the same way as a in FortiGate with an internal switch fabric. However, other benefits of LAGs, such as redundancy, are supported.
For details, see Increasing NP6 offloading capacity using link aggregation groups (LAGs).