Better Equipment and Software – Performance Begins at the Edge for 5G and Intelligent IoT

Supermicron today attended COMPUTEX 2021, the annual tradeshow organized by theTaiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), firm in its belief that the software and firmware designed by its “building block” solution can meet the upcoming challenges of the IT industry.

Supermicro’s “building block” solution, alongside partners, present products of superior quality, serviceability, and compatibility, essential for any optimized total solution.

Charles Liang
Supermicro
President and CEO

Supermicron today attended COMPUTEX 2021, the annual tradeshow organized by theTaiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), firm in its belief that the software and firmware designed by its “building block” solution can meet the upcoming challenges of the IT industry.

The keynote was jointly delivered by Supermicro’s Vice President Michael Clegg and IoT Embedded & Edge COmputing General Manager Mory Lin. Supermicro’s President Charles Liang, opened the keynote speech with high praises for Supermicro, while urging all viewers to keep themselves, their families and coworkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Block Solutions Boosts Greater Manufacturing Capability

“With Rack Scale Plug and Play, we are bringing our system design expertise and building block architecture to the rack level to deliver true at scale data center solutions,” Liang said.

With this capability, Supermicro can ship large quantities of servers or fully tested pre-defined racks of expertly selected servers, storage, and networking components, perfectly matched to existing and future workloads, directly to our customers.

The new manufacturing facilities will enable Supermicro to keep costs low by leveraging US design excellence with lower-cost manufacturing in Taiwan.

Standalone 5G Networks Coming into its Own

The concept of 5G networks have become gradually more prevalent and is seeing deployment, though Clegg states that it is only standalone 5G networks that would reap the most benefits of the concept.

Alongside the beginnings of deployment for standalone 5G networks, Clegg noted that the open Radio Access Network (RAN) standards are also maturing, freeing the RAN from being monopolized by proprietary dealers and being used on cross-hardware.

“We are at the point where the method has been validated with 4G and with the latest processors, we can now achieve the same thing for 5G,” Clegg said, turning the screen over to Lin on how Supermicro products capitalize on this trend.

Supermicro Servers Assist Operators Expand into 5G Telecommunications

Supermicro’s Hyper-E servers, using open RAN combined with Intel’s Xeon 3rd Gen Scalable Processors, boasts of bringing datacenter-like performance to edge networks.

With Intel’s Xeon processor, the server can support dual-processor architecture, allowing the server to run up to 270 watts, while greatly widening the range of accepted accelerator cards inserted into the server externally.

The server is designed with all inputs and outputs, as well as accelerator card slots and power plugs, facing forward, to facilitate IT teams and operation teams when installing the servers onto racks.

Furthermore, Supermicro has taken into consideration the depth of server cabinets and offers two customized depths, at 200mm and 574mm, respectively, for installing the server into tight spots.

With innovative technology and a new design combining GPUs, VPUs, and FPGAs, Supermicro brings edge computing to a wide variety of environments, from the central office, to datacenters, down even to factory floors.

“We bring virtualization to the edge, which brings intelligence to the retail space,” Lin said.

Supermicro and its partners have also developed new insulation and mounts for servers to be installed in factories, which may not have enough room to accommodate the standard server rack.

The promise of a cloud-native 5G network in open RAN has been validated by innovations such as Network as a service and programmatic servers being developed, while AI will contribute to reducing the costs of running the network, all made possible by high-power performance machines.

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