Supermicro expands storage solutions portfolio for intensive I/O workloads

The latest member of Supermicro’s high performance, high density, petascale class All-Flash NVMe server family supports the EDSFF form factor, including the E3.S and E1.S storage drive devices. 

The initial offering will support up to one-half of a petabyte storage space in a 1U 16-bay rackmount system, followed by a fully petabyte storage space in 2U 32-bay rackmount system for both Intel and AMD PCIe Gen5 platforms.

“With up to a petabyte of storage in a standard rackmount system, users can quickly access tremendous amounts of data at their fingertips,” said Charles Liang, Supermicro’s president and CEO. The storage system is compact and energy-efficient, offering the lowest latency and highest bandwidth in the industry, he claimed. The performance and capacity will enable customers to gain insight using advanced AI technologies and using Supermicro’s building block architecture, they will be able to bring the latest technologies to market faster, he added.

Supermicro’s Petascale All-Flash servers are designed to enable customers to reduce the number of rackmount systems needed to fulfill hot- and warm-tier storage requirements, reducing TCO (total cost of ownership).

The new Intel based systems are powered by dual fourth gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors up to 270W TDP and contain up to 32 DIMMs of DDR5-4800MHz memory, for a total of 8Tbyte of memory. In addition, fourth gen AMD EPYC processors power the AMD-based systems up to 350W TDP and 24 DIMMs of DDR5-4800MHz memory. These systems are designed for computationally intense applications with massive I/O requirements and large in-memory requirements.

Two full-height half-length PCIe Gen5 x16 slots support advanced xPUs, and smart NICs, allowing users to streamline operations using the emerging NVMe-Over-Fabric or GPU-accelerated storage. Two additional Supermicro PCIe Gen5 x16 AIOM (advanced I/O module) slots provide enhanced field serviceability and plug-in compatibility with a broad spectrum of off-the-shelf OCP 3.0 networking cards. 

The NUMA balance symmetrical architecture reduces latency by providing the shortest signal paths to the drives, a balance of bandwidth to the storage, and flexible networking options. The symmetrical design also facilitates smooth airflow over the entire system, allowing the use of more powerful processors.

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