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Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545 With AMD EPYC 7003 Announced

by Adam Armstrong

With the announcement of the new AMD EPYC 7003 processors earlier in the week the major vendors have begun adding their support. Today is Dell Technologies’ turn as they announce a refresh of their Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio, starting with the new Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545. The refresh is said to bring adaptive compute capabilities to an incredibly broad range of workloads.

With the announcement of the new AMD EPYC 7003 processors earlier in the week the major vendors have begun adding their support. Today is Dell Technologies’ turn as they announce a refresh of their Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio, starting with the new Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545. The refresh is said to bring adaptive compute capabilities to an incredibly broad range of workloads.

 

Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545

First announced is the all-new Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545. This server is aimed squarely at simplifying AI infrastructure in the data center. The XE8545 does this by optimizing CPU to GPU performance and accelerated I/O throughput. For hardware, the XE8545 combines the maximum core counts of two powerful AMD EPYC 7003 processors with four of the highest performing NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The server is stated as being one of the first with the new NVIDIA NVLink baseboard with the A100 chips that can boost machine learning inferencing through a quoted 1.46X more images per second per GPU within the PowerEdge XE8545.

For storage, Dell claims to have increased NVMe speed and reduced latency. They’ve done this by adopting PCIe Gen4 NVMe. This helps avoid performance bottlenecks on large data sets and takes better advantage of the computing power of the new processors.

The server itself is a 4U form factor (standard depth) that can fit in just about any existing data center. Though the XE8545 leverages 2x AMD Milan CPU and 4x NVIDIA A100 SXM4 500W GPU it still uses standard cooling, so no piping for liquid cooling needed. A simplified server design adds to faster and easier deployment, one of the two main roadblocks to implement AI infrastructure. Aside from being difficult to deploy it is also hard to manage. Here Dell is using iDRAC compliance and OpenManage Enterprise support to make management easier as well.

We expect to see more Dell EMC PowerEdge servers supporting the AMD EPYC 7003 in the near future.

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