by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Launches X11 Server Family Support Intel Scalable CPUs

This week Super Micro Computer, Inc. released a comprehensive line of new server and storage solutions featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, the X11 family. The new family also comes with strong support for NVMe storage and 100G/25G Ethernet. Supermicro is claiming a 1.6x average performance increase across multiple workloads along with over 16 million IOPS in throughput.

Supermicro looked at everything that Intel Xeon Scalable Processors were capable of and attempted to create servers that exploit this to the fullest. The X11 come with support for more cores, higher TDP envelopes of 205 watts and higher, up to six memory channels for higher bandwidth, more PCIe 3.0 lanes, and network support for up to 100G/40G/25G/10G Ethernet, 100G EDR InfiniBand, and integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture networking fabrics. On top of this, the new family has even more support for NVMe flash that, according to Supermicro, can deliver up to 16 million IOPS.

X11 Server and Storage Systems include:

  • 1U/2UUltra SuperServer offers best-in-class Enterprise level performance while delivering unparalleled value, flexibility, scalability and serviceability. Hyper-speed Ultra is specifically optimized for latency-sensitive applications. Depending on configuration, systems feature dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors (up to 28 cores, 205W TDP per CPU), 24/16 DIMMs for up to 3TB/2TB of DDR4-2666MHz Reg. ECC memory, up to 24 hot-swap NVMe (up to 16 million IOPS) or SAS3 drives, up to 8 PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots, dual or quad-port 1G, 10GBase-T, 10G SFP+, 25G SFP28 Ethernet, or integrated Intel Omni-Path fabrics and redundant 750W/1000W/1600W Titanium Level (96%+) digital power supplies.
  • BigTwin delivers the highest performance and efficiency in a 2U 4-node design that supports full range of CPUs, fully exploits all memory channels with a maximum of 24 DIMMs per node, options for all-flash NVMe or hybrid NVMe/SAS3 drive bays. Depending on configuration, each node features dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors (up to 28 cores, 205W TDP per CPU), 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of DDR4-2666MHz Reg. ECC memory, up to 6 hot-swap NVMe or SAS3 drives, up to 5 PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots including support for SIOM networking module for 100G/40G/25G/10G/1G Ethernet options and redundant 2200W/2600W Titanium Level (96%+) digital power supplies.
  • 8U SuperBlade with up to 20 dual-socket blade servers or 10 quad-socket blade servers; 4U SuperBlade with up to 14 dual-socket blade servers. Supporting the highest performance Intel Xeon Scalable processors as well as hot-plug NVMe SSDs, both systems are designed for high-performance computing applications and Cloud applications with options for 100G EDR InfiniBand, Intel Omni-Path, or redundant 25G/10G/1G Ethernet networking support and 96% efficient redundant Titanium Level power supplies. The enclosure also has optional Battery Backup Power (BBP) modules replacing high cost datacenter UPS systems for reliability and data protection.
  • GPU/co-processor optimized SuperServer solutions in 1U/2U/4U form-factors support up to 2/4/8/10 GPUs to provide maximum accelerations for AI/Deep Learning type of workloads. Configurable with up to two Intel Xeon Scalable processors (up to 28 cores, 205W TDP per CPU), 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of DDR4-2666MHz Reg. ECC memory, up to 8 hot-swap NVMe SSDs, up to 10 PCI-E 3.0 FHFL double-width slots, or 8 SXM2 sockets with 80GB/s NVLink, dual onboard 10GBase-T Ethernet, and redundant 4000W Titanium Level (96%+) digital power supplies.
  • SuperStorage solutions including Capacity Maximized 45 and 60-bay 4U Top-Loading systems, Performance and Capacity Optimized 2U Simply Double systems, Versatile and Flexible 1U/2U/3U/4U General-Purpose Storage systems and 2U Storage Bridge Bay solutions for mission-critical applications. Storage systems are configurable for up to dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors (up to 28 cores, 205W TDP per CPU), 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of DDR4-2666MHz Reg. ECC memory, up to 48 hot-swap NVMe or SAS3 drives (via HW RAID or IT mode), 40 dual-port NVMe drives, up to 6 PCI-E 3.0 expansion slots and support for SIOM networking module for 100G/40G/25G/10G/1G Ethernet, or Intel Omni-Path options and redundant Titanium Level (96%+) digital power supplies.

All of the X11 generation Supermicro systems and Server Building Block Solutions are built from the ground up with next generation data center management frameworks in mind. Meaning that they support industry standard Redfish RESTful APIs. And Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) maximizes data center utilization through disaggregating compute, network, and storage resources distributed within a rack or across multiple racks.

Supermicro is also announcing that it has partnered with Intel to support and market Intel Select solutions. These solutions aim to accelerate advanced infrastructure adoption of leading-edge data center technologies offered by Intel, Supermicro, and ecosystem partners. The solutions look at every possible performance advantage of the new Intel Xeon processor Scalable platforms and help companies with workload optimization and configurations to bring the best results.


The new X11 family is available now

Supermicro X11 family

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