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Supermicro SuperBlade Shipping in Volume Now

Super Micro Computer announced volume shipping of its new SuperBlade product line. With improved power efficiency, the SuperBlade architecture supports current and next generation processors at all speeds. For instance, a fully loaded 10 DP blade system using quad-core Xeon L5310 or L5320 processors consumes less than 2,700 watts at maximum performance and still maintains the flexibility to support 4P blades at maximum frequency. SuperBlade supports the latest dual-processor quad-core and dual-core Intel Xeon processors as well as quad-processor AMD Opteron CPUs.

1400-watt, 2800-watt or up to 7,500-watt redundant power configurations provide high availability and the flexibility for customers to optimize the system power budget for specific applications.

In addition to CPU performance-per-watt benefits, the SuperBlade features multiple integrated switch fabrics to optimize I/O performance and connectivity. High-speed, low-latency infiniband switching (20Gb/s per port) is well-suited for clustering applications while two 10-external-port Gigabit Ethernet switches provide enough network connectivity. Meanwhile, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch will be in production soon.

As for the density, the SuperBlade 7U enclosure holds ten 2P or 4P compute blades in any combination and the architecture supports both quad-core and dual-core CPUs across all speed grades. Six SuperBlade enclosures fit into a 42U rack. This allows scaling to 160 processor cores per 7U enclosure or 960 processor cores per rack.

Other important advantages include up to 90% cable reduction and 65% rack-space savings to simplify installation and save on cost while increasing reliability. The integrated chassis management module (CMM) with IPMI 2.0, KVM-over-IP, and Virtual-Media-over-LAN provides remote access to all compute blades, switches, power supplies, and cooling fans.

Source: Super Micro Computer

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