GIGABYTE Bringing More EPYC Choices with New Motherboards & 2U 4-Node Server

Tai­pei, Tai­wan, 1st Novem­ber 2018 – GIGABYTE is brin­ging more choices to our high­ly popu­lar AMD EPYC ser­ver line-up with the release of a new dual-socket 2U 4 node ser­ver: H261-Z61, and two new sin­gle-socket mother­boards: MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1.

 

H261-Z61 Dual Socket Den­si­ty Opti­mi­zed Rack­mount Ser­ver
The H261-Z61 is the new vari­ant of GIGABYTE’s first AMD EPYC 2U 4 node H261-Z60 ser­ver released in June, adding sup­port for 8 x U.2 dri­ves (2 x U.2 dri­ves per node) for addi­tio­nal ultra-fast flash sto­rage capa­ci­ty. Both the H261-Z60 and H261-Z61 com­bi­ne 4 indi­vi­du­al hot pluggab­le sli­ding node trays into a 2U ser­ver box. The node trays sli­de in and out easi­ly from the rear of the unit.

 

Each node of the H261-Z61 sup­ports dual AMD EPYC 7000 series pro­ces­sors, with up to 32 cores, 64 threads and 8 chan­nels of memo­ry per CPU. The­re­fo­re, each node can fea­ture up to 64 cores and 128 threads of com­pu­te power. Memo­ry wise, each socket uti­li­zes EPYC’s 8 chan­nels of memo­ry with 1 x DIMM per chan­nel / 8 x DIMMS per socket, for a total capa­ci­ty of 16 x DIMMS per node (over 2TB of memo­ry sup­por­ted per each node).

GIGABYTE has recent­ly demons­tra­ted that our ser­ver design is per­fec­t­ly opti­mi­zed for AMD EPYC, clai­ming the world record for the MOST ener­gy-effi­ci­ent AMD-based ser­ver by achie­ving the top score of the SPECpower_ssj2008 bench­mark (mea­su­ring per­for­mance to power ratio) for dual socket AMD EPYC ser­ver sys­tems*

*Tested with AMD EPYC 7601 pro­ces­sors; published as of Octo­ber 17th 2018, results can be found here: 
https://www.spec.org/power_ssj2008/results/res2018q4/power_ssj2008-20180918–00860.html

Ultra-Fast Sto­rage Sup­port
In the front of the unit are 24 x 2.5” hot-swapp­a­ble dri­ve bays, fea­turing sup­port for 2 x U.2 dri­ves and 4 x SATA / SATA dri­ves per each node (for a total capa­ci­ty of 8 x U.2 dri­ves and 16 x SATA / SAS dri­ves per sys­tem). In addi­ti­on, each node fea­tures dual onboard M.2 ports to sup­port addi­tio­nal flash sto­rage device such as an OS boot disk.

 

Best-In Class Expan­si­on Fle­xi­bi­li­ty
Dual 1GbE LAN ports are inte­gra­ted into each node as a stan­dard net­wor­king opti­on. In addi­ti­on, each node fea­tures 2 x half-length low pro­fi­le PCIe Gen3 x 16 slots and 1 x OCP Gen3 x 16 mez­za­ni­ne slots. GIGABYTE deli­vers best-in class expan­si­on slot opti­ons for this form fac­tor.

 

Easy & Effi­ci­ent Mul­ti Node Manage­ment
The H261-Z61 fea­tures a sys­tem-wide Aspeed AST1050 CMC (Cen­tral Manage­ment Con­trol­ler) and LAN modu­le switch, con­nec­ting intern­al­ly to Aspeed AST2500 BMCs inte­gra­ted on each node. This results only in one MLAN con­nec­tion requi­red for manage­ment of all four nodes, resul­ting in less ToR (Top of Rack) cab­ling and less ports requi­red on your top of rack switch (only one port ins­tead for four requi­red for remo­te manage­ment of all nodes).

Ring Topo­lo­gy Manage­ment for Even Grea­ter Effi­ci­en­cy
Going a step fur­ther, the H261-Z61 also fea­tures* the abi­li­ty to crea­te a “ring” con­nec­tion for manage­ment of all ser­vers in a rack. Only two switch con­nec­tions are nee­ded, while each ser­ver is con­nec­ted to each other in a chain. The ring will not be bro­ken even if one ser­ver in the chain is shut down. This can even fur­ther redu­ce cab­ling and switch port usa­ge for even grea­ter cost savings and manage­ment effi­ci­en­cy.
* Optio­nal Ring Topo­lo­gy Kit must be added

Effi­ci­ent Power & Coo­ling
GIGABYTE’s H261-Z61 is desi­gned for not only grea­ter com­pu­te den­si­ty but also with bet­ter relia­bi­li­ty and cost effi­ci­en­cy in mind. The sys­tem archi­tec­tu­re fea­tures sha­red coo­ling and power for the nodes, with a dual fan wall of 8 (4 x 2) easy swap fans for coo­ling red­un­dan­cy and 2 x 2200W red­un­dant PSUs. In addi­ti­on, the nodes con­nect direc­t­ly to the sys­tem back­pla­ne with GIGABYTE’s Direct Board Con­nec­tion Tech­no­lo­gy, resul­ting in less cab­ling and impro­ved air­flow for bet­ter coo­ling effi­ci­en­cy.

MZ01-CE0 / CE1 Sin­gle Socket ATX Mother­boards
GIGABYTE has also added two new ser­ver mother­boards to our AMD EPYC pro­duct line-up: MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1, fea­turing a work­sta­tion fri­end­ly ATX form-fac­tor and lay­out, and the abi­li­ty to install up to four dual slot GPU cards.

The MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1 both fea­ture sin­gle socket AMD EPYC 7000-series pro­ces­sors for up to 32 cores and 64 threads of com­pu­te power, and with 8 chan­nels of memo­ry and 8 x DIMM slots for a total capa­ci­ty of 1,024TB of memo­ry.

The­se mother­boards uti­li­ze well the sin­gle socket EPYC’s mas­si­ve I/O capa­bi­li­ties by fea­turing four PCIe x16 expan­si­on slots and one PCIe x8 expan­si­on slot, which can be used to install up to four dual slot GPU cards (such as NVIDIA’s Tes­la V100 GPGPU ) or other opti­ons such as a Mel­lanox 100GbE / EDR Infi­ni­band net­wor­king card. Both mother­boards also fea­ture an onboard M.2 port for a high speed flash sto­rage device, as well as four Slim­S­AS ports for up to 16 x SATAIII sto­rage devices.


MZ01-CE0 I/O VIEW

The dif­fe­rence bet­ween the­se two mother­boards is in net­wor­king: MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1 both fea­ture dual onboard 1GbE LAN ports as stan­dard, while MZ01-CE0 adds addi­tio­nal dual onboard 10GbE Base-T LAN ports. Both mother­boards also fea­ture a dedi­ca­ted manage­ment port and Aspeed® AST2500 BMC for remo­te manage­ment with GIGABYTE’s user fri­end­ly GSM (GIGABYTE Ser­ver Manage­ment) soft­ware plat­form.


MZ01-CE1 I/O VIEW

GIGABYTE’s unri­val­led exper­ti­se in mother­board and sys­tem design lever­ages and opti­mi­zes AMD EPYC’s bene­fits to offer to our custo­mers three more uni­que and ver­sa­ti­le pro­duc­ts on-point to meet their needs in hyper-con­ver­ged and high per­for­mance com­pu­ting and sto­rage.

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