A9K-RSP440 SFP+ ports

>> So I am guessing they are normal ports which can be configured to be cluster ports and could used normally to link up to rest of the network?


They are not, as far as I’m aware. Very much the opposite to 6500/7600supervisors. Certainly there are no ‘interfaces’ that I can configure on RSP-440!

Correct, they are only for nV clustering, and control-plane only at that.  You still need to use line card 10G ports for data plane clustering.