Hybrid 2U2N GPU Server Workstation Platform from Supermicro


Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Standard IO
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Commonplace IO

Right this moment we’re ending our newest collection by looking on the Supermicro SYS-210GP-DNR, a 2U, 2-node 6 GPU system that Patrick not too long ago received some hands-on time with at Supermicro headquarters. This 2U server incorporates two server nodes, every of which is supplied with a single Intel Ice Lake CPU and as much as three high-end GPUs. This supplies a really GPU-dense setup using extra conventional PCIe GPUs than one thing just like the Redstone system we checked out beforehand.

Video Model

That is a part of our go to to the Supermicro HQ collection, much like our current protection of the Supermicro Hyper-E 2U, SYS-220GQ-TNAR+, and the Ice Lake BigTwin.

We’re going to have extra element on this article, however need to present the choice to pay attention. As a fast notice, Supermicro allowed us to movie the video at HQ, offered the programs of their demo room, and helped with journey prices to go do that collection. We did an entire collection whereas there and are tagging this as sponsored. Patrick was in a position to choose the merchandise we might take a look at and have editorial management of the items (no person is reviewing these items outdoors of STH earlier than they go dwell both.) In full transparency, this was the one strategy to get one thing like this finished, together with taking a look at a variety of merchandise in a single shot, with out going to a commerce present.

Supermicro SYS-210GP-DNR Overview

It’s time now to get into the main points of this distinctive server providing.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Front
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Entrance

This entrance of the SYS-210GP-DNR seems nearly like a mirror of the Redstone server; 4 high-speed fan modules and a quartet of two.5″ drive bays, simply organized on completely different sides:

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Front Fan 2
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Entrance Fan 2

These extraordinarily excessive output followers are chargeable for basically all of the cooling within the system, so the massive hot-swap fan modules are to be anticipated. These modules are very related, however not an identical, to these in Supermicro’s 2U Redstone server. This is smart given the 2 programs can have comparatively related energy footprints.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Front SSD
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Entrance SSD

To the precise of these fan modules is a quartet of two.5″ U.2 NVMe drive bays. The Redstone server was solely outfitted with SATA bays for storage, so the whole storage obtainable on this platform is barely larger, however continues to be not an space of main focus for a system like this. With that stated, since this chassis is residence to 2 unbiased servers, every node will get two of these 2.5″ NVMe bays allotted to it.

Transferring round to the rear of the server begins to offer us an thought of what makes this platform particular.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear

The rear of the SYS-210GP-DNR is residence to 2 server modules, every of which occupies roughly 1U of the server.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Removing Top Node
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Eradicating Prime Node

For these questioning what makes this distinctive from commonplace 1U platforms, every of those nodes will be individually faraway from the rear and performance as unbiased servers. Price financial savings within the context of evaluating to 1U servers is important as a result of we now have shared energy provides, followers, and chassis. One may also service the nodes extra simply since they’re fitted on trays.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Redundant PSUs
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Redundant PSUs

These energy provides are 2.6kW 80+ Titanium items that require 208V/240V energy. Two CPUs and 6 GPUs can pull a whole lot of energy, so these excessive wattage PSUs are to be anticipated. Due to extra obtainable horizontal house, these items will not be fairly as skinny as we noticed on the BigTwin 2U4N server.

Every of the nodes on the SYS-210GP-DNR can assist as much as a single Intel third Gen Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” CPU at as much as 40-cores and a 270W TDP. All 8 reminiscence channels on the CPU are represented with the 8 reminiscence slots.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Single Intel Xeon Ice Lake CPU And Memory
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Single Intel Xeon Ice Lake CPU And Reminiscence

The star of the present is the assist for 3 full-height PCIe 4.0 x16 growth slots. In our demo unit, these are populated by NVIDIA A100 playing cards, however this configuration may very well be modified for no matter sort of PCIe GPUs or different PCIe hooked up accelerators which may be required. With two nodes every sporting three GPU slots, that may be a complete of six GPUs.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Layout 1
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Structure 1

Supermicro has extra choices for the GPUs so if one wished to make use of one thing aside from NVIDIA’s highest-end that may be accommodated as properly.

Air from the high-speed entrance intakes is handed down by way of the chassis for cooling, with a small channel reserved particularly to carry recent air to the CPU. The additional house to the left of the left GPU proven beneath helps combine recent airflow as the 2 GPUs on the left aspect are barely offset.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Chassis And Node Airflow
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Chassis And Node Airflow

Alongside the opposite aspect of every node is a few SATA ports supporting DOMs in addition to M.2 slots supporting each NVMe and SATA. These help you have inner mounted boot media whereas saving the dear 2.5″ U.2 NVMe bays for normal storage.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR SATA DOM And M.2
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR SATA DOM And M.2

Onboard networking is as soon as once more offered by Supermicro’s AIOM modules. These OCP NIC 3.0 suitable modules will be swapped instantly from the rear of the chassis with out having to take away the complete node. Our demo system had a pair of 10Gbase-T ports however there are different choices obtainable to customise networking to suit no matter deployment is getting used.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear AIOM
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear AIOM

The remainder of the rear IO is pretty commonplace fare, with a devoted BMC NIC, serial port, VGA, and a pair of USB ports. The AIOM module is the principle supply of networking on this platform. That considerably is smart on condition that this may be deployed each for distant workstation or server duties.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Standard IO
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Commonplace IO

The BigTwin routed all knowledge and energy over a single giant high-density connector. It is a huge improve versus a number of the older gold finger PCB connectors we noticed. Supermicro is taking this development and bringing it to this platform as properly. This will likely seem to be a small function, but it surely issues to make sure that these nodes stay serviceable.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Power And Data Connectors
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Node Energy And Information Connectors

Total, it is a system that was fascinating as a result of the impression of the answer didn’t instantly current itself. As soon as we discovered extra, the worth proposition makes a whole lot of sense. We are going to get to that subsequent.

Market Influence

One of many huge misses we had on-site was the goal market. One thing we knew is that that is truly a well-liked platform for Supermicro. Our authentic speculation was that sharing chassis, followers, and energy provides would considerably decrease prices. Whereas that may be a huge driver, after we did the on-site, we discovered concerning the buyer(s) for this and what they’re doing. At round 05:15 within the video, you’ll be able to see we truly needed to splice in a component to handle this.

It seems that the SYS-210GP-DNR has an fascinating utilization mannequin. A really giant studio (we can not title the client, however it’s a very well-known giant studio) is utilizing these nodes for 2 functions. The first objective is to supply distant workstations. One can use larger clock pace/ excessive core depend CPUs together with the hooked up GPUs for very highly effective distant desktops. In these giant studios, the information units will be monumental rendering footage so having distant artists and editors is difficult since WAN bandwidth and latency will be a problem. As an alternative, these programs are centralized.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Removing Top Node
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Rear Eradicating Prime Node

That enables two main utilization fashions for the studios. First, the workstations will be accessed on an as-needed foundation, so artists world wide can doubtlessly use the identical {hardware} because of working throughout completely different time zones. With costly CPUs and GPUs, these will not be common VDI programs. Second, and maybe extra curiously, these nodes may also be deployed within the evenings as servers to assist with rendering animations as a part of the broader cluster.

This method successfully has a couple of main advantages:

  1. Price financial savings from the shared chassis design
  2. Simpler upkeep than 1U GPU servers with the mounted chassis
  3. Decrease energy consumption by utilizing bigger followers and shared energy provides
  4. Offering lower-cost high-end distant workstation swimming pools
  5. Offering a hybrid mannequin of high-end workstation and cluster server

These are the important thing drivers over utilizing commonplace 1U servers for this kind of utility. Since we missed this, we wished to handle it right here.

Last Phrases

The SYS-210GP-DNR is focused at hybrid server and workstation workloads. This differs from different GPU servers available on the market such because the HPC-focused Redstone server we checked out with NVLink. As GPUs have turn out to be extra commonplace in numerous area areas, we’re beginning to see servers evolve with them. It is a nice instance the place giant studios and even to some extent pandemic-related office adjustments are driving evolution in server design.

Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Front
Supermicro SYS 210GP DNR Entrance

As soon as once more, a giant thanks to Supermicro for letting Patrick rummage about their demo room. That is the final one on this collection, so we hope you could have loved them!

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