In a recent HPC Wire article, AMAX was named as one of the HPC technology platform companies that have launched new server platforms integrating Intel’s latest “Haswell” E5-2600 v3 processor series. The recently-released CPU series feature 22nm Intel® Xeon® processors boasting the largest core count yet at up to 18 cores/36 threads per CPU with DDR4 memory support geared towards performance and efficiency particularly for HPC, Big Data and Cloud applications. New features include:
- AVX 2.0—floating point Fused Multiply Add (FMA) expected to improve performance in high-performance computing, while 256-bit integer vector instructions could benefit math, codec, image processing and DSP software
- VM Control Structure (VMCS) Shadowing—enables efficient nested virtualization usages with reduced overhead by eliminating the majority of nesting-induced VM exits/entries
- Cache QoS Monitoring—provides last level cache occupancy monitoring and identifies the cache occupancy at an individual application/VM level.
- General Crypto Assist—provides superior cryptographic performance to support the math functions of crypto algorithms
- Integrated Voltage Regulator (IVR)—integrates legacy power delivery onto processor package/die for a simplified platform power design that reduces average power across load-line and runs at lower power when uncore runs at less than core frequency.
- Energy Efficient Turbo—reduces or removes turbo when CPU utilization is low or when workload has frequent memory stalls.
Key AMAX server platforms that will be available with the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors include:
- CloudMax™ XG-22301 Cloud Server—a 2U Dual-CPU High-Efficiency server featuring 12x 3.5” drives for greater cost efficiency for cloud storage, while offering the ultimate in availability with up to 4x internal SSDs that can be used for OS or cache without sacrificing storage space.
- PHAT Data™ XG-24301 High-Density Data Node Server—a 2-Node server tailored for Hadoop fitting two dual-CPU nodes in a 2U form factor to achieve an optimal CPU to spindle ratio. This platform is used as a reference architecture for Hortonworks’ HDP distribution.
- Open Compute (OCP) XG-26301 Winterfell Node—3 nodes per 2OU sled for a whopping 108 cores of compute power, with support for 1x internal 3.5” or 6x hot swap 2.5” SSDs per node.
- StorMax™ XG-12301 / XG-12201 I/O Optimized Storage Servers—a 1U 4x 3.5” or 8x 2.5” I/O optimized storage server with increased capacity and flexibility for large to hyperscale data center deployments.
- StorMax™ XG-42372 High-Density Storage Server—featuring up to 72 hot-swap drives for 432TB total capacity and 12Gb/s SAS for maximum density and storage performance.
- AMAX XG-28301 On-Premise Server Appliance Platforms—from memory-maximized (up to 1.5TB of high-speed 2133Mhz DDR4 RAM), to density maximized (four dual-CPU nodes in a 2U form factor) to robust storage features (2U storage server with 12 drives including internal SSD drive options for OS and cache), AMAX offers a full line of appliance platforms for ISVs looking for a customized and validated platform to integrate into an ROI-driving total solution.
In terms of HPC parallel computing platforms featuring NVIDIA GPU Accelerators or Intel Phi Co-Processor technology, AMAX is also offering the following platforms integrated with the new E5-2600 v3 processors:
- ServMax™ XG-2401G 2U ultra high-density HPC solution—with support for 36 CPU cores and four double width Tesla GPUs or Xeon Phi Co-Processors and up to 300W TDP per card, with optional FDR InfiniBand interconnect.
- ServMax™ XG-3801G 3U ultra high-density HPC solution—with support for 36 CPU cores and eight double width Tesla GPUs or Xeon Phi Co-Processors and up to 300W TDP per card, 15.TB ECC registered DDR4 2133MHz memory, with optional FDR InfiniBand interconnect.
AMAX will also be showcasing some of these new platforms at SC14 Booth #3448, November 17th through 20th in New Orleans for those who plan to attend the supercomputing conference.
At AMAX, we are very excited about this latest CPU release as it packs unprecedented core density and performance as well as memory support into the processors, allowing for more powerful and efficient server platforms to do more with smaller footprints. We see major benefits to HPC and Data Center/Cloud applications.
Is your company looking to upgrade your HPC clusters or data center infrastructure to the new Intel® “Haswell” Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors? What improvements do you hope to see?