At Computex 2023, we saw a lot of cool hardware. Here is one that we had not seen a lot of news on, but at the show, Supermicro showed off new Ampere AmpereOne powered Arm servers. Since they were not covered elsewhere, we figured we would show them off here.
Supermicro Ampere AmpereOne Arm Servers Shown
At the bottom of one of the racks in the Supermicro booth, there were two 2U servers. These servers looked like standard CloudDC and front I/O edge servers, but the difference popped when we pulled them out of the rack.
The top server has rear PSUs and fans and front I/O, expansion risers, and six 2.5″ drive bays.
The AmpereOne utilizes DDR5 and has eight channels for this product line and two DIMM per-channel memory. While the early Ampere Altra systems were dual socket to match x86, many of the new Arm server systems focus on single socket solutions.
As a quick reference, about AmpereOne, this is Ampere’s higher-density line sitting above the up-to-128-core Ampere Altra Max line. Instead, AmpereOne is targeted at 136-192 cores per socket. There are other new features as well, but the power consumption is going up along with the features and higher density.
The other system seems to use the same motherboard but the orientation is flipped to have a standard rear I/O configuration and front storage.
Here is another glamour shot of the AmpereOne CPU in its socket.
We cannot wait to try these servers out.
The AmpereOne processor line is needed given the new AMD EPYC Bergamo. Ampere will have more physical cores. AMD will have more threads and higher performance per core. It should be interesting to see how these pan out. In either case, Supermicro has servers ready (although we already have working Bergamo in Supermicro servers so stay tuned for that.)
Hopefully we will get a chance to use the AmpereOne processors later in 2023. It is great to see that Supermicro is adopting different CPU architectures to give its customers choice.
Perhaps the big question is what else is in the thousands of photos we have from Computex 2023. Stay tuned.