Here are a few key stats we recorded with the system equipped with 4x 32GB DDR4-2400 and an Intel DC S3710 400GB SSD.
- Idle: 51.3W
- 60% Load (non-AVX): 82.6W
- AVX-512 GROMACS Load: 99.28W
We held these workloads for 20 minutes in a 17.1C data center with 55% RH on 208V power. Note, these are slightly outside of where we normally take measurements and on a shorter duration interval. At the same time, we wanted to get information out as soon as possible.
We are just going to note that that noise is perhaps the weak point of this system. It is loud at boot which is acceptable. The power supply does not have a fan so it is relatively quiet. The three 1U fans are quiet enough at idle but the fans ramp under load to the point where this system should be kept in an equipment closet or somewhere that does not have a relatively low noise floor.
STH Server Spider
In the second half of 2018, we introduced the STH Server Spider as a quick reference to where a server system’s aptitude lies. Our goal is to start giving a quick visual depiction of the types of parameters that a server is targeted at.
This is an interesting case. This system has solid networking connectivity. There are CPU options that are 16 cores and therefore much higher compute density in this form factor. In terms of memory density, 512GB is less than a mainstream 1U server, but quite a lot for a compact edge system like this. There are a number of storage options onboard, but one is ultimately limited to the chassis dimensions and how much storage can be placed in such as small volume.
Overall, this is a great platform. The compact size and eight network ports using higher-end Intel NIC IP are great. One has access to 4x 1GbE and 4x 10GbE (2x SFP+/ 2x 10Gbase-T) onboard which is far beyond what many edge platforms offer as standard, and one can optionally add features such as WWAN support and even a low-profile PCIe card.
Perhaps the biggest feature though is the Intel Xeon D-2100 platform. This uses platform I/O IP from the Intel Lewisburg family which means support for the Xeon D-2100 series is excellent, mirroring the high-volume Intel Xeon Scalable server platforms for almost four years.
At around $850-900 street price (barebones) that is around a $200 premium over the bare motherboard and comes pre-assembled. This includes the Intel Xeon D-2123IT and with all of the networking onboard one can add RAM and a 2.5″ SATA/ M.2/ SATADOM/ mPCIe for a boot drive and have a system ready to go. It would cost more to assemble a system with the Xeon D-2123IT using lower-end onboard networking and then adding a dual 10Gbase-T NIC for example. While this is not the least expensive platform, it does provide good value if one needs higher-end networking.
Supermicro did an excellent job overall with the E300-9D-4CN8TP. We wish it could be a bit quieter, but the Xeon D-2100 series uses higher-power CPUs and this is a small chassis. Trade-offs had to be made in terms of expandability and overall Supermicro did a great job making the trade-offs on this platform.