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Supermicro Rolls Out Array of High Performance Computing Options

By Steve Anderson June 21, 2016

The growing importance of the cloud and the network means that the infrastructure to run either is becoming just as important. More options than ever are coming online for high performance computing (HPC) options, and recently, Supermicro brought a whole slate of these new options out for potential users, giving each a bit of a show at a recent event in Frankfurt, Germany.

The latest in HPC options include a startlingly wide array of options, including a new 2U four-node server that runs the Intel Xeon Phi processor, formerly known as the Knights Landing chip, with the Intel Omni-Path fabric option in either integrated or external flavors. A new development workstation known as the 4U / Tower is also in play, along with the 1U SuperServer offering support for up to four graphics processing units (GPU) at once. Meanwhile, the 1U Ultra SuperServer will ratchet that up to 10 NVMe drives and the Xeon processor E5-2600 in both v3 and v4 classes.

An array of MicroBlade enclosures will be on hand, incorporating either one or two Chassis Management Modules and as many as four software-defined networking (SDN) switches in 6U. Other systems will provide support worth of a range of options including software development, search engine tools, high security encryption and a slate of other options.

Supermicro didn't just have the big iron out on display, however; network switches were also on hand that were either hardware-focused or offering a full hardware / software mix. Also, there was a suite of software tools geared toward server management, which likely proved necessary given the sheer range of server technologies on hand here. With said tools, users can engage in power management functions, firmware maintenance, and even overall health monitoring.

For those who follow developments in cloud-based systems or even just technology in general, it's become clear that we rely on the network for much of our everyday lives. From video conferencing to streaming video and beyond, we need a network that's constantly up and running and delivering value. Thus, the tools required to deliver that kind of high-value network performance are more vital than ever before, and tools like Supermicro's should pull in quite a bit of attention in the process. The sheer variety of these systems helps ensure that the right tool will always be on hand for the right job, no matter what that right job actually looks like.

With so many options in HPC these days—Supermicro's slate is just part of the larger market—it's safe to say that we'll have our best chance at a high-powered network delivery. That's going to keep much of our systems running for the foreseeable future, and gives us all the best chance at productivity in these changing times.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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