Supermicro's Latest Twin

We got a sneak peak at the Supermicro's brand new Twin 2U server: the SYS-6027TR-D71FRF. The 2U chassis has two dual Xeon E5 based servers inside that are fed by two fully redundant 1280W PSUs (at 180-230V, 1000W at 100-140V).

The two servers are held in place using screwless clips.

You get the density of a 1U server without needing four PSUs for redundancy and without the very power hungry 40 mm fans. Indeed, using only 2 PSUs and 80 mm fans should save quite a bit of power compared to 2 1U servers. Last time we measured, the Twin servers consumed 6% less power than the best 1U servers on the market.

At the same time, the expansion capabilities are better: you get two full height and one half height PCIe 3.0 (!) x16 (x8 electrical) slots. The only disadvantage is that you only get 4 DIMM slots per CPU, which generally limits each server to about 128 GB of RAM (8 x 16 GB) unless you go with expensive 32 GB LR-DIMMS for a total of 256 GB. Therefore this server is probably better for HPC workloads than for memory intensive virtualization and database applications.

This new Twin server also features FDR InfiniBand interconnect technology, good for 56Gb/s (!) low latency network connections with an X4 cable. This should work especially well in tandem with Intel Data Direct I/O technology, where packets are directly transferred into the Last Level Cache (LLC) instead of being DMAed to the memory. This is something we'll be investigating in a later article.

The New Xeon Platform Benchmarking Configuration
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  • boudini - Thursday, March 08, 2012 - link

    I'm not sure I would recommend using iray as a reliable benchmark renderer in 3ds max. It is not a self configuring mental ray, but an unbiased renderer which behaves fairly differently to mental ray, and most other renderers such as vray, final render and brazil. It is comparible to maxwell and fryrender, but is very new compared to those two longer established unbiased render engines. It also attempts to use the gpu to add to its calculations as well - which could significantly skew results.

    Using mental ray or vray might well give you quite a different result, and besides I don't think iray is widely used in the industry.
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  • omega4711 - Friday, March 09, 2012 - link

    This. The results of iray are mostly dependent on the GPU. The lack of proper scaling certainly isn't due to Amdahl's law. Just use mentalray with small enough render buckets and you can easily satisfy 64+ threads.

    Also, due to the limitations of iray, it can (at this moment) only be used in about 1-3% of real world scenarios.

    Please, for all the people that care about these benchmarks, use mentalray and/or vray.

    Otherwise, it's a brilliant article.
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  • silverblue - Thursday, March 08, 2012 - link

    You've put that Interlagos has 4x2MB L2, but that would only be true for Valencia; Interlagos is 8x2MB. Reply
  • aranyagag - Thursday, March 08, 2012 - link

    you forgot the E5-2687W with a 150w tdp and higher speeds Reply
  • colonelclaw - Friday, March 09, 2012 - link

    Hi There,
    Thanks for an excellent article. With regards to the rendering benchmarks, would you consider using VRay as a rendering engine? It's fast becoming industry standard, is compatible with all the big hitters (Max, Maya, Softimage etc), is cross platform, and I believe, is incredibly well coded to scale with cores.
    It's also incredibly popular, not something you could say about iRay right now.
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  • Slik - Saturday, March 10, 2012 - link

    Would be nice if some game benchmark was included as well. Reply
  • colonelclaw - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Bloody hell those chips look good, and don't Intel know it; those prices make me wince.
    Having waited what seems like forever, I was thrilled to see the Xeon E5s finally available, right up until I did some quick maths and figured out that for my business to buy a new 2U Twin squared rendernode with 16/32 cores per node will cost us around £10,000. Still the thing is, now that those chips are available, next time we buy kit we can't afford not to choose them.
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  • Skouperd - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - link

    Great article... but can it run crysis?

    Seriously, what will happen if you plug in some high end graphics card in that machine, how will that compare from a gaming perspeective to say an LGA2011 cpu?

    ;-)
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  • fudd101 - Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - link

    From the 'article' .....

    'The Opteron might also have a role in the low end, price sensitive HPC market, where it still performs very well. It won't have much of chance in the high end clustered one as Intel has the faster and more power efficient PCIe interface'

    Well, if that's the case, why exactly would AMD be scoring so many design wins with Interlagos. Including this one ...

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394515,00.as...

    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/Cray-Ti...

    U think those guys at Cray were going for low performance ? In fact, seems like AMD has being rather cleaning up in the HPC market since the arrival of Interlagos. And the markets have picked up on it, AMD stock is thru the roof since the start of the year. Or just see how many Intel processors occupy the the top 10 supercomputers on the planet. Nuff said ...
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  • jaskhoo - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - link

    Hi, abit blur here and would like to know if there's anyone who could enlighten abit.
    I'm looking to purchase a new server to work with an SQL 2012 4 core, the initial ppreference was for an E5620 which is now an outdated model but I can't go for higher E5-xxx models as all are 6 core and will affect the 4 core SQL licensing. I'm not running a huge databse but would like to know if there are any serious performance difference between the two processor. Appreciate it.
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