SuperMicro to unveil 1U Itanium 2 Server Solutions
Now, finally, a 1U cost-effective IA64 dual Itanium 2 system is available
San Jose, Calif.---SuperMicro, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of server solutions and motherboards, announced the debut of its Intel Itanium 2 solutions. SuperMicro will unveil the world's first 1U Itanium 2 platform to meet the ever-growing demands of the high-computing server segment. The products unveiled will include the most sophisticated 1U Itanium 2 server board in a standard form factor: the SUPER i2DMR-8G2, and the equally impressive SC813S-500 chassis, specially optimized for Itanium2-based solutions.
The core of the SUPER i2DMR-8G2 is the new Intel E8870 chipset. With its revolutionary 128-bit system bus architecture specifically designed to meet the needs of high-end 2-way and 4-way server platforms, the i2DMR-8G2 combines unparalleled performance and scalability with unprecedented error detection, correction and containment.
Housing the i2DMR-8G2 is SuperMicro's flagship 500-watt SC813S-500 1U chassis. To achieve maximum system availability and stability, the i2DMR-8G2 has undergone the most rigorous testing under a proprietary thermal scheme specially designed by SuperMicro. Moreover, it is still compact enough to fit in a 1U form factor. Four hot-swappable hard drive bays are standard for either SCSI or SATA. In addition to the 1U, SuperMicro is also going to release Itanium 2-based 2U, 3U, and 4U server products, to give customers greater choice and flexibility.
In conjunction with Intel's new release of low-cost Itanium 2 processors with 1.5 MB L3 cache, SuperMicro commits to bring cost-effective Itanium 2 server solutions to its customers. Placing Itanium 2-based server boards such as the i2DMR-8G2 in volume production, SuperMicro enables those customers who were previously unable to obtain advanced systems due to the high cost to acquire the best Itanium 2 solutions in the world today.
SuperMicro President and CEO Charles Liang stated that SuperMicro's Itanium2-based platform can power virtually all aspects of server applications, from stand-alone, all-purpose server appliances to super cluster server systems in a HPC environment.
"Our Itanium platform is designed to meet the needs of the most computation-intensive environments while enabling systems to be delivered at lower cost and with greater platform versatility," said Liang. "SuperMicro's position as a leading supplier of high-end server platforms will be further strengthened with its Itanium 2-based system offerings."
Both 1U SC813 and 3U SC933 NAS/server chassis will begin shipping in volume. The versatile storage hardware platforms can accommodate up to 1 Terabyte in a 1U and 3.75 Terabytes in a 3U, making it ideal for extreme data-intensive applications.
Based on the E8870 chipset, the i2DMR-8G2 has been optimized for dual Itanium 2 processors up to 1.5 GHz with 6 MB L3 cache (6.4 GB/s system bus speed) in 1U and 2U rackmount environment. It features one P64H2 bridge controller and support for one 64-bit 133 MHz PCI-X slot and 4 SCSI or SATA HDs in a 1U configuration. The 2U system will support up to three 64-bit-133 MHz PCI-X slots and 6 SCSI or SATA HDs instead. The server board also offers support for up to 16 GB of regular DDR SDRAM in eight DIMM slots and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for excellent networking capabilities. One scalable node controller and four memory repeater hubs are also included. In addition, the i2DMR-8G2 features an onboard dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller, making it an ideal choice for technical computing and front-end enterprise applications.
Intel Itanium 2 processor
The Intel Itanium 2 processor is uniquely designed for demanding enterprise and technical applications. Itanium 2-based platforms enable businesses and organizations to maximize their return on investments by delivering industry-leading performance at generally lower cost and with greater choice than proprietary RISC technologies. Itanium 2 processors are supported by a rich ecosystem of highly scalable, open-standard 64-bit solutions from over 40 leading hardware vendors, more than five operating systems including Windows Server 2003, Linux, and hundreds of applications and tools. In addition, Itanium 2 processors are binary-compatible with existing Itanium-based software to provide investment protection.
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