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High Density Cable Routing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181804D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Apr-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Apr-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The number of cables routed in a rack environment is highly concentrated. Disclosed is a method for providing high-density cable routing in a rack environment to exit points either above or below the equipment rack. This method ensures that the cable bends radii for both copper and fiber cables are within specifications and allows for the easy replacement of any defective cable without damage or disruption to adjacent cables.

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High Density Cable Routing

Disclosed is a method for providing high-density cable routing in a rack environment to exit points either above or below the equipment rack. This method ensures that the cable bends radii for both copper and fiber cables are within specifications and allows for the easy replacement of any defective cable without damage or disruption to adjacent cables.

The number of cables routed in a rack environment is highly concentrated. Particularly, Infiniband switches have both copper and fiber optic cable connections in both the front and rear of the rack. It is necessary for the cables connecting to the front of the equipment to be routed to exit the rear of the rack at a single site for connection to external customer equipment. Depending on the customer site, these cables can be routed underneath the rack in a raised-floor environment or they can be route overhead in wiring trays.

The disclosed method routes the cables from the front panel connectors of the rack-mounted equipment to each side of a standard rack. As they enter the side of the rack, they are placed in side wiring channels and then routed upwards and downwards based on the location of the front panel connectors. As these cables enter the front-to-rear rack wiring channel, the rack exit point provides a curved metal surface to ensure both the copper and the fi...