The Intel Xeon Scalable platform is headed for a refresh. Intel already set expectations about the Intel Cascade Lake-SP at Hot Chips 30 and we know it is time for a refresh over 18 months into the Skylake-SP generation. Ahead of the new chips which STH expects to launch next quarter, Supermicro is releasing new 4-way and 8-way Intel Xeon Scalable servers. The 4-way and 8-way servers will be important as combined with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. We expect 15.36TB of memory as a maximum figure on the 4-way Cascade Lake servers and 30.72TB of memory supported on the 8-way servers when combining DRAM and Optane DC Persistent Memory.
New Supermicro 4-way and 8-way Servers
The new Supermicro SYS-2049U-TR4 (2U 4-way) and SYS-8049U-E1CR4T (4U 8-way) are designed to allow new types of in-memory computing alongside Cascade Lake. Intel has shared this vision, along with key specs like a maximum of 28 cores and higher clock speeds in Cascade Lake-SP.
From the press release:
Supermicro is sampling a new 4U server with four next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors for up to 112 compute cores and up to 18 terabytes of memory. The SuperServer 8049U-E1CR4T supports 16 expansion slots, eight NVMe SSDs, and up to six GPU cards. The best applications for this system include in-memory computing, real-time data analytics, AI inference and virtualization. (Source: Supermicro)
We do not have pricing on the 8-way system, but the 4-way 2U SYS-2049U-TR4 if it is priced like existing systems, can be an interesting value in order to scale up and save significantly on shared components like the chassis, power supplies, NICs, storage, and etc. Supermicro’s list pricing has its 4-way 2U SuperServers at significantly less than double the price of its 2-way barebones servers.
More About Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory
At STH, we have covered the new technology several times. Intel showed the modules off earlier this year to select press including STH that you can read about here: Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Sampling Today Revenue Delivery 2018. We then had Quanta QCT leak the 3.84TB per socket capacity and Lenovo show off population guidelines and the 1.2V spec.
Beyond this, STH was able to procure modules which you can see we took apart for analysis here:
You can read more about these modules in A Close L8ook at Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules and Intel Optane Persistent Memory Looking at Green Apache Pass DIMMs.