Supermicro A2SDi-8C+-HLN4F Management Overview
These days, out of band management is a standard feature on servers. Supermicro offers an industry standard solution for traditional management, including a WebGUI. This is based on the ASPEED AST2500 solution, a leader in the BMC field. The company is also supporting the Redfish management standard. On this motherboard, we see similar features as we would across the Supermicro X11/H11 ranges. That means whether you are using an embedded Intel motherboard or a 4U EPYC storage server, you will have a similar look and feel to the management experience.
In the latest generation of Supermicro IPMI is an HTML5 iKVM. One no longer needs to use a Java console to get remote KVM access to their server.
Currently, Supermicro allows users to utilize Serial-over-LAN, Java or HTML5 consoles from before a system is turned on, all the way into the OS. Other vendors such as HPE, Dell EMC, and Lenovo charge an additional license upgrade for this capability (among others with their higher license levels.) That is an extremely popular feature. One can also perform BIOS updates using the Web GUI but that feature does require a relatively low-cost license (around $20 street price.) That is a feature we wish Supermicro would include with their systems across product lines.
This pricing differential for a serviceable iKVM functionality is a big deal in this segment. Adding a $200 license to a server can add 10% or more in the Intel Xeon E-2100 platform costs. Supermicro’s iKVM feature is extremely popular due to its inclusion with the server.
Supermicro A2SDi-8C+-HLN4F Topology
One area that we are keenly aware of today, and will be increasingly so with future multi-chip packages, is system topology. Luckily, the Intel Atom C3000 series has an extremely simple system topology.
The Supermicro A2SDi-8C+-HLN4F functionality is based around the Intel Atom C3758 SoC. That means that all devices see their roots at the SoC instead of from downstream northbridges.
Next, we are going to take a look at our Intel Atom C3758 benchmarks, we are then going to focus on power consumption then conclude with our final words on the processors.