Supermicro unveils X13 server portfolio featuring 4th Gen Intel Xeon processors

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Supermicro has launched what it says is the industry's most extensive Tier 1 server and storage portfolio with more than 15 families of performance-optimised systems.

Focused on AI, HPC, Cloud Computing, Media, Enterprise, and 5G/Telco/Edge workloads, these systems are based on the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (formerly codenamed Sapphire Rapids) delivering up to 60% better workload-optimised performance and improved security (hardware root of trust and attestation) and manageability – they are faster with integrated AI, Storage, and Cloud acceleration, and greener with high ambient temperature and liquid cooling options that reduce environmental impact and operating costs.

“Supermicro's portfolio of over 15 X13 server families comprises of performance, functionality, and cost optimised designs for specific data centre and intelligent edge workloads," said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. "Our systems with the new Intel 4th Generation Xeon Scalable Processors are able to deliver new highs in both overall performance and performance per watt. In addition to the processor, every major sub-system has been dramatically upgraded w/ up to 2X improvement in memory performance with DDR5, 2X better I/O bandwidth w/ 80 lanes of PCIe Gen 5  I/O that will support higher performance accelerator cards, and 400 Gbps networking and improved manageability and security.

“The power and cooling capabilities have also expanded to support 350W CPUs and up to 700W GPUs, and we have added both high ambient temperature operation and liquid cooling support for the new portfolio to reduce environmental impact and improve TCO.”

Built into the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the accelerator engines increase efficiency and reduce CPU load for many critical workloads in data centres. These include Intel Advanced Matrix Extensions (Intel AMX) to accelerate deep learning inference and training performance, Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (Intel DSA) to reduce CPU overhead on storage, networking, and data-processing-intensive tasks, Intel QuickAssist Technology (QAT) for hardware offload of popular cryptography and data compression/decompression algorithms, and Intel AVX for vRAN to improve capacity and reduce power consumption for vRAN workloads.

In addition, Supermicro servers will support the new Intel Data Center GPU Max Series (formerly named Ponte Vecchio) across a wide range of servers. The Intel Data Center GPU Max Series contains up to 128 Xe-HPC cores and will accelerate a range of AI, HPC, and visualisation workloads.

"The new 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors are designed to deliver potent data infrastructure from the cloud to the network, to the intelligent edge, and help establish a new standard in data centre architecture," said Lisa Spelman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Intel Xeon Products. "We've been collaborating with Supermicro to integrate Intel processors into their systems for almost three decades, and we are excited to see how their innovative architecture and system design will help to unleash the full potential of 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors for their customers."

Supermicro X13 systems have been designed from the ground up with Supermicro's Building Block Solutions approach which delivers maximum performance and efficiency while also providing a high degree of flexibility to suit customers' specific workloads and scale.

The X13 systems can be powered by one, two, four, or even eight 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, each with up to 60 cores and support for next-generation built-in accelerators and GPUs up to 700W from Intel, NVIDIA, and others.

In addition, the support for a range of open industry standards, including OCP 3.0-compliant Advanced IO Modules (AIOM), EDSFF storage, and OCP Open Accelerator Module (OAM) and SXM GPU interconnect, reduces the user’s reliance on proprietary technologies. This enables customers to standardise components across the data centre and incorporate Supermicro systems into their existing infrastructure with minimal modifications. Utilising open standards-based server management, Supermicro servers can seamlessly be integrated into existing IT environments.

The X13 systems are based on high-performance 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon CPU Max Series up to 350W, with support for High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) on selected systems providing a 4X increase in memory bandwidth. X13 systems will also support next-generation industry technologies, including CXL 1.1 to create a unified and coherent memory space between CPUs and accelerators, DDR5-4800 MT/s memory with up to 1.5x the performance and capacity of DDR4, PCIe 5.0 for double the I/O bandwidth of the previous generation and 80 lanes per CPU and new storage form factors including EDSFF E1.S and E3.S, which are set to provide unprecedented speed, capacity, and density for hot and warm-tier storage applications. For networking, support for multiple 400Gbps InfiniBand (NDR) and Data Processing Units (DPU) enables distributed training, disaggregated storage, and real-time collaboration with extremely low latencies.

Despite these increases in capacity and performance, the advanced thermal architecture and optimised airflow of Supermicro X13 systems enable them to run in high-ambient-temperature environments of up to 40°C (104°F) with free-air cooling, reducing cooling-related infrastructure costs and OPEX. Liquid cooling options are also available for many X13 systems and can reduce OPEX by up to 40% compared to standard air conditioning.

Supermicro's resource-saving architecture for multi-node systems utilises shared cooling and power to reduce power consumption and raw materials usage, lowering both TCO and TCE. In addition, the in-house design of Titanium Level power supplies further ensures improved operational efficiency. As a result, the PUE of a data centre can realistically be reduced from an industry average of 1.60 down to the 1.05 range.

For further details on the X13 portfolio follow the link below.