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All optical SFP's in NICs should have a mechanism to display SFP Tx and Rx Power (as a minimum), Temperature, Alarms as well as SFP Vendor, Serial #
Diagnosing issues becomes much faster when the SFP Tx and Rx Power can be provided to onsite and to customers to work out if it is a cable, sfp or NIC issue - Customers Network team 1st response to an issue is 'what is the Tx & Rx for that link' - on AIX, no mechanism exists to display those values - customers primary cards are based on Mellanox ( EC2T PCIe3 LP 2-Port 25/10Gb NIC&ROCE SR/Cu Adapter & EC67 PCIe4 LP 2-port 100Gb ROCE EN LP adapter )
Datacenters are also remote , requiring being able to get these details before tasking either customer LAN support or IBM engineers for SFP/NIC/Cable replacements - a single call to access a DC takes a number of hours
All current NIC's in P9 and above in P980 and P1080 (particularly Mellanox NIC's) have the capability to report these details (pages A0 and A2 in particular).
These details could be provided either through a tool (like ethtool provides these details on RHEL), ethstats or Advanced Diag Menu in SMIT
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