Supermicro has announced a new short-depth multi-node system that is tailored to 5G, IoT, and Edge applications. The Supermicro SuperEdge server is suited for on-site situations such as retail, branch offices, or field sites such as at the base of cell towers or heavy traffic regions, where high-density compute and I/O are required in a compact form factor.
The new Supermicro SuperEdge server puts data center processing capability to the edge by leveraging a 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable CPU in each node. This would allow for faster analysis and real-time application capabilities. For 5G, IoT, and Edge applications, the SuperEdge server would boosts node density by 50 percent above prior application-optimized servers, according to Supermicro. Clients may start with only one server and then scale up as their business expands.
“The SuperEdge server increases the compute and I/O densities for edge applications and enables operators to increase system workloads and data processing performed at the edge, reducing network traffic back to data centers,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO at Supermicro. “As part of our IT Solutions strategy, designing application-tuned servers for both the edge and the cloud optimizes the deployment of network computing, as we move to the metaverse.”
Edge Computing Applications
The Supermicro SuperEdge server is intended for use in tiny data centers or in situations where server depth is crucial. The SuperEdge server system would be easy to install in a variety of physical locations when space is limited, with a depth of just 430 mm. GPUs may also be deployed, allowing the Supermicro SuperEdge to do AI computations at the network’s edge, improving decision-making and lowering reaction times.
The nodes and I/O connections are easily accessible from the front, allowing for easy maintenance. This server will also work in temperatures ranging from -5°C to 55°C, as well as a broad variety of humidity and other environmental conditions. This would help businesses to save money on OPEX by installing the server in diverse places that aren’t always climate-controlled. The SuperEdge server’s redundant power sources and cooling fans would allow it to function in hostile environments outside of a regular data center.
Three PCI-E 4.0 slots are available on each of the three hot-swappable nodes, allowing a wide selection of add-on cards to speed edge computing applications. Multiple accelerator cards, including networking, FPGA, DPU, eASIC, and TimeSync, can be used because of the system’s high I/O density. Each node may hold up to 2TB of DDR4 DRAM, enabling for the installation and execution of more vast and complicated applications than previously possible.
“The SuperEdge server increases the compute and I/O densities for edge applications and enables operators to increase system workloads and data processing performed at the edge, reducing network traffic back to data centers,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO at Supermicro.