Benchmarking Configuration

All test have been done on the Supermicro SuperServer 6027TR-D71FRF.

Supermicro SuperServer 6027TR-D71FRF (2U Chassis)
CPU 2x Intel Xeon processor E5-2660 (2.2GHz, 8c, 20MB L3, 95W)
RAM 64GB (8x 8GB) 1600MHz RDIMM Samsung M393B1K70DH0-CK0 or
128GB (8x 16GB) 1333MHz LRDIMM Samsung M386B2K70DM0-YH90
Motherboard Supermicro X9DRT-HIBFF
Chipset Intel C602
BIOS version R 1.1
PSU PWS-1K28P-SQ 1280W (80 Plus Platinum)

We used only one PSU for the energy measurements.

We used VMware ESXi 5.0 (vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus) for the virtualization tests, Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (64 bit) for the Windows AIDA latency test, and Ubuntu 12.04 for the Stream bandwidth test.

Two Intel i350 Gigabit NICs were load balanced with ESXi's NIC Teaming.

The storage consisted of one Adaptec RAID 5805 with two Raidsets. The first RAIDset consisted of three Micron Crucial P300 100GB 6Gbps MTFDDAC100SAL-1N1AA in RAID 5. The LUN on top was made for all Zimbra VMs, which create quite a bit of disk I/O.

The second RAIDset consisted of three Western Digital WD1000FYPS 1TB in RAID 5. The LUN on top of these disks was used for the other VMs. The other VMs only require intensive disk I/O in the beginning of the test. During that time, the performance measurements are not used for our final results.

HyperCloud DIMMs The Purpose of this Test
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  • koinkoin - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    For HPC solutions I like the Dell C6220, dense, and with 2 or 4GB of memory per cpu core you get a good configuration in a 2U chassis for 4 servers.

    But for VMware, servers like the R720 give you more room to play with memory and IO slots.

    Not counting that those dense server don’t offer the same level of management and user friendliness.
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  • JohanAnandtech - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    A few thoughts:

    1. Do you still need lots of I/O slots now that we can consolidate a lot of gigabit Ethernets in Two 10GBe

    2. Management: ok, a typical blade server can offer a bit more, but the typical remote management solutions that Supermicro now offers are not bad at all. We have been using them for several years now.

    Can you elaborate what you expect from the management solution that you won't expect to see in a dense server?
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  • alpha754293 - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    re: network consolidation
    Network consolidation comes at a cost premium. You can still argue that an IB QDR will give you better performance/bandwith, but a switch is $6k and other systems that don't have IB QDR built in, it's about $1k per NIC. Cables are at least $100 a piece.

    If you can use it and justify the cost, sure. But GbE is cheap. REALLY REALLY cheap now that it's been in the consumer space for quite some time.

    And there aren't too many cases when you might exceed GbE (even the Ansys guys suggest investing in better hardware rather than expensive interconnects). And that says a LOT.

    re: management
    I've never tried Supermicro's IMPI, but it looks to be pretty decent. Even if that doesn't work, you can also use 3rd party like logmein and that works quite well too! (Although not available for Linux, but there are Linux/UNIX options available out there as well).

    Supermicro also has an even higher density version of this server (4x half-width, 1U DP blade node.)
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  • JonBendtsen - Monday, August 06, 2012 - link

    I have tried Supermicro IPMI, works nicely. I can power on/off the machine and let it boot from a .iso image I have on my laptop. This means that in case I have to boot from a rescue CD, then I do not even have to plug a CD drive into the machine. Everything can be done from my laptop, even when I am not in the office, or even the country. Reply
  • bobbozzo - Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - link

    Can you access boot screens and the BIOS from the IPMI?

    For Linux, I use SSH (or VNC server), but when you've got memory or disk errors, etc., it's nice to see the BIOS screens.

    Bob
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  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, August 09, 2012 - link

    Using either the web interface on the IPMI chip itself, or the IPMIView software from SuperMicro, you get full keyboard, mouse, console redirection. Meaning, you can view the POST, BIOS, pre-boot, boot, and console of the system.

    You can also configure the system to use a serial console, and configure the installed OS to use a serial console, and then connect to the serial console remotely using the ipmitool program.

    The IPMI implementation in SuperMicro motherboards (at least the H8DG6/H8DGi series, which we use) is very nice. And stable. And useful. :)
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  • ForeverAlone - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    Only 128GB RAM? Unacceptable! Reply
  • Guspaz - Monday, August 20, 2012 - link

    It starts to matter more when you're pouring on the VMs. With two sockets there, you're talking 16 cores, or 32 threads. That's the kind of machine that can handle a rather large number of VMs, and with only 128GB of RAM, that would be the limitation regarding how many VMs you could stick on there. For example, if you wanted to have a dedicated thread per VM, you're down to only 4GB per VM, which is kind of low for a server. Reply
  • darking - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    I think the price on the webpage is wrong. or atleast it differs by market.

    i just checked the Danish and the British webstores, and the 32GB LRDIMMS are priced at around 2200$ not the 3800$ that the US webpage has.
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  • JohanAnandtech - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    They probably changed it in the last few days as HP as lowered their price to $2000 a while ago. But when I checked, it was $3800 Reply

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