SuperMicro Introduces Innovative Cloud, GPU Computing Systems
6/1/2011 by: Theo Valich
On Computex Taipei, Super Micro Computer showcased their latest series of servers, including SuperComputing, SuperServers and MicroCloud systems. The company also launched a 24-port 10GbE Ethernet Switch with internal bandwidth of massive 480Gbps (read: Full Duplex 10GbE).
Supermicro MicroCloud Server Features up to eight processing nodes featuring Xeon E3-1200 processors
The 10GbE switch was laying the groundwork for the launch of very impressive server line-up based on Intel Xeon processors. The company introduced MicroCloud 5037MC-H8TRF, a high-density server that features eight hot-pluggable modules, as well as 16 hot swappable HDD bays - all packed in a compact 3U form factor. The nodes are as expected, based on Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor and C204 PCH Chipset, four DIMM memory expansion slots (up to 32GB of DDR3-1066/1333 per node), two SATA 6Gbps ports and most importantly, a PCIe x8 slot for additional graphics/storage expansion.
Second system introduced packs no less than three Tesla GPGPU cards inside a 1U chassis as a standard, and four Tesla cards in the ultra-dense HPC configuration (external power supply). When Supermicro introduced a dual-GPU configuration with their first Tesla-based 1U servers, their competitors talked to us with questions how did Supermicro solved the problem called - cooling down 450 Watts (Tesla M2050 = 225W TDP) more inside the same form factor as their competition.
SuperMicro GPGPU Servers can fit up to four GPUs in 1U - however, standard config will be 3GPU/1U. On the right, you can see an impressive 6GPU/2U system
Furthermore, the company introduced a 2U server that packs up to six Tesla M2050/2070/2090 GPGPU cards, equipped with a 1.8KW power supply. The 2U Server fits up to 12 CPU cores courtesy of 32nm Xeon processors, up to 2048 CUDA cores (if M2090 is used), 96GB DDR3-1333 system and 24GB GDDR5 computational memory, as well as ten 2.5" drive bays.
Worth noting is that Supermicro equipped all of the systems with their own Power supplies, one of best if not the best in the industry. The company knew that in order to bring the costs down and reduce the power consumption as much as possible, it had to venture into power supply manufacturing. Supermicro power supplies are 94% efficient and carry the Platinum Level certification (80Plus standard went through a rebrand and now we have Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels).
As far as clients go, given the statements Mr. Charles Liang, President and CEO of the company gave a long time ago, and a recent video from Google - you can do the math yourself. All in all, quite an interesting line-up.
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