The HPE Superdome Flex 280 is the company’s next-generation 2 to 8-socket server. While most of its competition is focused on the 4-socket market only, HPE is going bigger. Lenovo, for example, said that it was not planning to release an 8-socket server based on the new 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable platform codenamed Cooper Lake/ Cedar Island.
HPE Superdome Flex 280 Overview
As a 5U solution, the HPE Superdome Flex 280 can either be used in single or dual chassis configurations. Each chassis can support either two or four Cooper Lake generation CPUs. That means one can scale from 16 to 224 cores and get up to 24TB of memory in the server (Optane PMem 200 on Cooper Lake is only supported in up to 4-socket configurations by Intel.)
For those wondering, here is what the official Intel diagram looks like for an 8-socket Cooper Lake generation server:
HPE can take all of those PCIe lanes and direct them to the storage, networking, GPUs including Quadro and the line formerly known as NVIDIA “Tesla”, or other PCIe expansion cards.
HPE also is highlighting its Superdome RAS features and security features along with the standard management solutions that integrate with the rest of HPE’s portfolio.
What makes the HPE Superdome Flex 280 stand out is that HPE designed the solution to scale almost the entire range of what the 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors are capable of (Facebook has a single-socket version in Yosemite V3.) It is one of the only 8-socket capable machines that has been announced thus far.
Shipping is expected in Q4 2020. These systems have longer qualification and validation cycles given their scale and the applications they run. HPE will offer the Superdome Flex 280 on its GreenLake consumption program. At Discover 2019, HPE’s mantra was GreenLake Everything by 2022. It makes sense that this new platform follows that model. We should be hearing more about HPE GreenLake as the company’s virtual Discover 2020 event kicks-off this week.