Supermicro X12SDV Platforms
That Intel Fort Columbia solution has a lot of technology targeted for 5G operators. For those that want networking and edge virtualization platforms, Supermicro is launching its X12SDV line.
We have done a large number of Supermicro Xeon D reviews in the past, and we have a solid pipeline coming. First, we wanted to show off the mITX solution, the X12SDV-10C-SPT4F. This is a 10 core board, but one can get as few as 4 cores in this platform (-4C-).
Getting straight to the most exciting part, here we have dual 10Gbase-T and dual SFP28 25GbE ports. If you have seen some of our recent SMB 25GbE switch/ router coverage, you will probably understand why we put a focus on that recently. The 25GbE era of embedded systems is officially here.
Supermicro also has a FlexATX platform. This is the X12SDV-4C-SP6F motherboard that has a lot of I/O. It is being housed in the E300 chassis so it is called the Supermicro SYS-E300-12D-4CN6P.
We have looked at a number of systems in this chassis before, such as the Supermicro E300-9D-4CN8TP. Now we get 25GbE SFP28 as well as quad 1GbE (i350-am2 and two i210’s.)
The system that generated our benchmarks uses a proprietary motherboard form factor but is extremely interesting. This is a front I/O networking box called the Supermicro SYS-110D-16C-FRN8TP. With this, we get dual 25GbE SFP28 ports, two 10Gbase-T ports (X550-AT2), and four 1GbE ports (i350-am4) for an excellent networking loadout.
This is a telecom/ networking platform from Supermicro that uses the X12SDV-(number of cores)-SPT8TF platform. This ranges from 4-20 cores to go along with all of that networking.
Here is a quick look at the topology:
For the virtualization folks, this also supports VT-d.
We are still waiting on some final firmware, but expect a review series as the firmware becomes available. That is a challenge of testing these systems before they are released. We expect GA on these platforms in the March/ April timeframe so they should be available fairly soon.
The Intel Xeon D-2700 and D-1700 series is a much-needed upgrade. Intel needed the new line to keep its vision of being able to use the same compute cores in the data center and at the edge alive. Instead of just refreshing the lower-power D-1×00 series, we got a full line refresh easily making this the most impactful launch since the D-1500 series.
Hopefully, in this article, you learned about the Ice Lake-D generation. We also worked very hard to get a variety of systems to show today so a quick thank you to Intel and Supermicro for coming through on this. I have been pestering for months, but I think it is important that we continue the tradition of showing hardware at launch.
The Xeon D series is interesting. We saw platforms focusing on the 5G Open vRAN market as well as more traditional networking markets. Beyond these platforms, Xeon D gets used in many applications from control planes for switches to controls for airplanes. These products will be around for many years so getting new features is not just about what is available today, but also what will be needed in the future. That is why seeing big feature upgrades with this generation is very important.