Inspur and Open Compute Project (OCP) Jointly Launch New Rack Server Solution Addressing Hyper-scale Data Center Requirements

New, advanced computing, storage and GPU nodes, optimized software management and superior resource pooling resolve growing complexities at data centers related to AI/machine learning, big data and advanced analytics, and cloud computing applications.

October, 01, 2018, Fremont, CA – Inspur, a leading datacenter and cloud computing total solutions provider, jointly announced with the Open Compute Project (OCP) an OCP Standard Rack Server solution to help drive the transformation of traditional data centers to hyper-scale data centers based on open infrastructure. The announcement at the 2018 OCP Regional Summit in Amsterdam, Holland highlighted the server’s technical advancements and design attributes that deliver hyper-scale datacenter performance at lower CAPEX and OPEX.

“The core value of open computing is to reduce the technical cost and lower technical threshold, so as to have stronger competitiveness and vitality. The development of open computing is gradually changing the needs of data centers—from traditional standardization to open technology-based customization.” said, Inspur CTO John Hu. “Inspur’s vast experience in serving CSPs and our deep understanding of customer application scenarios is augmented by a willingness to share technology and co-design utilizing our JDM model to identify precise customer needs and achieve customized solutions through rapid innovation and productization. This new Rack Server solution announced with OCP demonstrates Inspur’s commitment to promote industry openness and integration.”

The newest Inspur Rack Server solution incorporates 5 new node configurations; including 3 compute nodes based on Inspur San Jose Motherboard—the first OCP-Accepted™

Intel®Xeon® Scalable processor motherboard—one JBOD and one GPU box. These enrich the OCP hardware portfolio and create a new generation of Rack Scale solutions. Meeting the ever-increasing compute and storage demands being driven by emergent complex application scenarios and evolving business needs, Inspur improves functionality by enabling dynamic matching of requirements through advanced resource pooling, breaks the core IT resource expansion limit, and allows for the flexible allocation of resources, such as storage and co-processing calculations through the utilization of SAS and PCI-E switching technologies. Key technical aspects include:

  • Compute node 1(Name TBD) – Designed for search engine acceleration, deep learning inference, data analysis application scenarios. This 2-socket 1OU3 nodes, 96 nodes can be deployed in a standard Open Rack V2.0 cabinet. It can support 16*DIMMs, 1* M. 2 interface, 1 OCP NIC and 1* PCIE x16 which can be configured with 10G/25G/40G Ethernet cards and other full-length half-length network cards.
  • Compute node 2(Name TBD) – Designed for data acceleration, I/O expansion, transaction processing, image search application scenarios. This is 2-socket 2OU3 nodes with high flexibility, 16*DIMMs, 1*M.2, 4*2.5”HDD/NVMe SSD, 3*PCIe x8 can also support different kind of half-height and half-length external cards.
  • Compute node 3(Name TBD) – Ideal for NFV application scenarios, with a wide range of half-height and half-length external cards, which can also support 100Gb Ethernet. It’s a 2-socket 2OU3 nodes, can support 16*DIMMs, 2*M.2, 2*2.5”NVMe SSD/HDD, 2*PCIe x16.
  • Storage node (Name TBD) – 2OU JBOD 34*hard drive, can support NVMe SSD/HDD, the highest density storage expansion box, which can be used as a storage expansion module for compute nodes or as a storage pool for the entire Rack with SAS Switch
  • AI node (Name TBD) – GPU resource pooling solution, supporting up to 16GPU in 4OU form factor, the highest density with most powerful computing performance available for AI training and inference scenarios.  Providing flexible GPU typologies to meet different customer demands. PCI-e switch enabled to offer GPU pooling solution.
  • Converge Redfish and OpenBMC – Inspur first converged OpenBMC with Redfish solution developed specifically for Inspur OCP-certified solutions, the world’s first server solutions with a Redfish OCP Baseline profile.

“Open source hardware is essential to the further advancement of efficient, open and scalable data centers, and Inspur has fully embraced these principles of open sourcing cloud technology with the contribution of its San Jose Motherboard.  They are continuing to support OCP with technology  leveraged from servicing hyper-scale cloud providers,” said Bill Carter, Chief Technology Officer of the OCP Foundation. “We are encouraged by our engagement with Inspur in its new product development—one based upon integrating open computing technology and helping to build a complete open source ecosystem that brings technology and benefits to enterprises and businesses worldwide.”

About Inspur

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