By most accounts, the 5G edge buildout will be an enormous global infrastructure upgrade that will increase processing needs at the edge. Much of that processing will be done in servers deployed in places outside of corporate or cloud datacenters. As a result, companies like Supermicro are releasing designs to address these emerging needs. An example is today’s Supermicro IP65 edge server for telco poles.
Supermicro IP65 Edge Servers for 5G Telco Poles
The new Supermicro IP65 edge servers that it is calling part of its Outdoor Edge Systems line, is designed to be deployed atop a telco pole. You can see this in the photo above. That is important in the industry as the telecom provider may have rights to the pole, but not necessarily rights to the property beneath and around that pole. As a result, the footprint absolutely matters for those looking at 5G RAN/ O-RAN solutions.
Housing the 5G edge servers is an IP65 enclosure designed to withstand environments around the pole. The servers themselves are designed to utilize Intel Xeon D processors as well as 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors including the new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Refresh SKUs. While Supermicro has sold Xeon D and Xeon Scalable servers for years, it is the packaging design that is new here.
The new edge servers can utilize up to three PCIe Gen3 to add accelerators such as FPGAs and GPUs. Supermicro is highlighting Intel FPGAs and NVIDIA GPUs such as the NVIDIA Tesla T4. For storage, these new systems have a traditional 2.5″ SSD form factor as well as M.2 and EDSFF SSD form factor capabilities. Supermicro highlights these capabilities and potential use cases such as storing local video content. With accelerators this can be a platform to perform analytics on video feeds to filter what should be sent to the cloud for further analytics.
There is going to be a considerable investment both from systems providers as well as silicon providers over the next few years to address the 5G infrastructure build-out. Next, we hope to see Supermicro adopt the Intel Atom P5900 Series in their edge solutions as Intel and others roll-out their new product lines to meet the demands of explosive endpoint bandwidth growth.