Supermicro ARS-210ME-FNR Topology
Doing a quick check of the topology, we had this system setup as a single monolithic CPU. Everything was attached to the processor. What one will quickly notice here is that the caching structures are nowhere near what we see on AMD’s current generations. More on Genoa soon.
Here is a quick lscpu output:
On the networking side, here are the ConnectX-4 Lx NICs:
If this looks like standard Ubuntu output, that is because it is. More on that shortly.
Next, let us get to the management.
Supermicro ARS-210ME-FNR Management
The Supermicro server was running something very different. It had OpenBMC instead of Supermicro’s standard solution. Supermicro has different options here, but we are really seeing OpenBMC pick up in the market, so this was cool to look at.
The dashboard was not as busy as many we see these days, but it was functional.
Here we can see in the system inventory the Ampere Altra Max M128-30 processor installed.
OpenBMC included functions like Virtual Media and also SOL/ iKVM functionality.
There was even a feature we have wanted in Supermicro servers for years, and this is the first we have tested that has it: the ability not just to reboot a server but to select a boot action from the management interface!
Overall, OpenBMC worked fairly well. We may even have another platform with it soon on STH. First, let us get to the performance.
Supermicro ARS-210ME-FNR Performance
In terms of performance, the Ampere Altra Max we largely liken to the performance of between an AMD EPYC 7763 and an AMD EPYC 7773X on the integer side. On the floating point side, AMD is faster, and that will change this week with Genoa. Given that, we recently tested NVIDIA’s Ampere HPC development kit, and we wanted to compare the single socket M128-30 performance between that system and this one.
Here we get around a 4.5%(-ish) delta between the two systems, but we will call this one within our test variation. This is a big deal. It is something we can commonly achieve on the x86 side, but Arm servers have had fairly wildly varying performance over the years depending on the vendor and model. This is actually a great showing.
Next, let us get to OS and then power consumption.