June 8th, 2012 by Josh Linden
Supermicro Technologies for Energy Efficiency, Cloud and High-Performance Computing
Super Micro Computer is showing of a full range of computing solutions for large scale IT deployments including X9 Server Solutions, Serverboards, SuperBlade, SuperWorkstations, and SuperStorage systems with Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600/2400 and E3-1200 v2 series processors. They also recently demonstrated integrated solutions in a SuperRack with their 10GbE top-of-rack network switch and Server Management Software optimizing the power and performance of the interconnected systems.
Improvements to Supermicro’s free-air cooling system allow designs that withstand 0-47°C operating conditions, and new 95%+ efficiency digital switching power supplies and battery backup power modules, data center server management software and integration of the industry’s latest processor technologies combine to lower energy costs. These efficiency improvements come as part of Supermicro’s banner “We Keep IT Green” initiative.
The 1U SYS-6017R-TDAF supports 4x hot-swap 3.5” SATA HDDs and the 2U SYS-6027R-TDARF supports 8x hot-swap 3.5” SATA HDDs. Both servers are based on Supermicro’s MBD-X9DRD-iF serverboard and are designed for free-air cooled operation. These servers can be interconnected through Supermicro’s new 52-port SSE-G2252P 1G, Layer 2 Top-of-Rack Ethernet switch which operates at up to 50°C and features Energy Efficient Ethernet along with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support. This demo is housed in Supermicro’s 42U SuperRack and managed via Supermicro Data Center Management software, which provides configuration and monitoring for efficient energy management down to individual nodes. Supermicro will also showcase battery backup power (BBP) modules that can reduce data center electricity expenses up to 10% and can eliminate/reduce the footprint of UPS in data centers, according to manufacturer benchmarks.
Data Center, HPC, and Cloud Computing
Supermicro is showcasing its MicroCloud (SYS-5037MR-H8TRF), supporting 8x modular hot-swap UP (uni-processor) nodes in 3U, a high-density 2U Twin² (SYS-6027TR-H70FRF) with 4x hot-swap DP (dual-processor) nodes in 2U. Supermicro’s flexible WIO (wide I/O) SuperServers in 1U UP (SYS-5017R-WRF) and 2U DP (SYS-6027R-N3RFT+).
Storage solutions are also being exhibited, including the 2U SuperStorage server (SSG-6027R-E1R12N) supporting 768GB of memory and 12x hot-swap 3.5” SAS2/SATA3 HDDs as well as an early look at Super SBB High Availability Storage server SSG-2027R-DE2R24L featuring 24x 2.5” HDD bays shared between server nodes.
For HPC applications, Supermicro is exhibiting its high-compute density SuperBlade featuring the TwinBlade (SBI-7227R-T2) with two processors per node for up to 40 CPUs (320 cores) in 7U and X9 GPU Blade (SBI-7127RG) offering two CPUs and two GPUs per blade, totalling 20 GPUs and 20 CPUs in 7U enclosure. X9 GPU supercomputing is supported with the 1U 4 GPU Server (SYS-027GR-TQFT) and 2U 6/4 GPU server (SYS-2027GR-TRF). Supermicro is also showing its 5U 8-Way (SYS-5086B-TRF), 1U/4U/Tower 4-way (SYS-8017R-TF+/ SYS-8047R-7RFT+) configurations.
Additional exhibits include the SYS-7047GR-TRF SuperWorkstation with NVIDIA Maximus Certification offering engineers, researchers, and designers supercomputing performance to simultaneously design, render and simulate on a single machine with Supermicro’s 5x GPU (4x Tesla, 1x Quadro) configuration. A high-end X9 SuperWorkstation (SYS-5037A-i) with up to 256GB of memory is on display along with the new Tower SuperServer SYS-7047R-TXRF offering 11x PCI-E slots for ultimate expandability.
Supermicro also has a variety of AMD Opteron 6000 series processor based systems in Tower DP (AS-4022G-6F) and MP 4-Way (AS-4042G-TRF), 2U Twin² DP (AS-2122TG-HIBQRF) and 2U DP UIO (AS-2022G-URF4+) systems on display.