Supermicro NF1: the Ultimate Storage Choice for Big Data, AI, 5G and Content Delivery Industry

Supermicro NF1: the Ultimate Storage Choice for Big Data, AI, 5G and Content Delivery
Supermicro NF1:大數據,AI,5G的終極存儲選擇和內容交付

Industry Leadership
Supermicro in collaboration with Samsung has developed an extremely dense, very high capacity, all-flash storage server platform poised to revolutionize the industry with its price/performance and design efficiency. 
Using only one rack unit, it can house up to 576 TB of storage. 
The Samsung NF1 form factor was specifically designed to maximize
performance and capacity for data intensive/low latency workloads. 

As a leader in Flash technology Samsung has created the NF1 form factor that has disrupted the storage industry with its reduced consumption of space and power. 

This paper will highlight its outstanding features.

行業領先地位
Supermicro與三星合作開發了一款極其密集,超高容量的全閃存存儲服務器平台,旨在通過其性價比和設計效率徹底改變行業。
僅使用一個機架單元,它可以容納多達576 TB的存儲空間。
三星NF1外形尺寸專為最大化而設計
數據密集型/低延遲工作負載的性能和容量。

作為閃存技術的領導者,三星創造了NF1外形,它通過減少空間和功耗來打亂存儲行業。

本文將重點介紹它
突出的特點。


Next Generation Storage Available Today

The NF1 server starts with a no compromise motherboard featuring dual Intel™ Xeon™ Scalable processors up to 205W, which provide up to 56 cores, and 24 DIMMs for 3 TB of system memory.

It has a switched PCI-E architecture which supports 32 NF1 devices as well as 4 additional hybrid device slots which can be NVMe or SATA with M.2 connections. 

It provides ample I/O with two 16 lane PCI-E cards as well as one 4 lane card. 
In addition to performance the system provides for high availability for non-disruptive operations with hot swap drives
and power supplies.

The system provides 10M read IOPS, and 39 GB/s of read throughput. In addition it provides the best cost per GB among all-flash systems.

While many All-Flash systems are available, Supermicro’s NF1 server is different in both its media density and overall end-to-end architecture, making it perfect for high capacity network edge applications. For example next generation 5G mobile service providers will need more storage capacity closer to their customers to deliver the best user experience.

For data analytics and AI applications, momentum has been building from using distributed/converged systems doing in-node batch processing, to the use of more compute intensive GPU systems without local storage. 
This makes dedicated All-Flash scale-out storage the topology of choice.
To achieve commercial success in both these application areas, the All-Flash platform must provide the lowest TCO, changing the decision from performance-at-all-cost, to a balance of price/performance and efficiency. The NF1 server strikes this balance perfectly.

今天可用的下一代存儲

NF1服務器首先採用不折不扣的主板,配備高達205W的雙Intel™Xeon™可擴展處理器,最多可提供56個內核,24個DIMM可支持3 TB系統內存。

它具有交換式PCI-E架構,支持32個NF1設備以及4個額外的混合設備插槽,可以是帶有M.2連接的NVMe或SATA。

它提供充足的I / O,帶有兩個16通道PCI-E卡以及一個4通道卡。
除性能外,該系統還可通過熱插拔驅動器為無中斷運行提供高可用性
和電源。

系統提供10M讀取IOPS和39 GB / s的讀取吞吐量。此外,它還提供全閃存系統中每GB的最佳成本。

雖然許多全閃存系統都可用,但Supermicro的NF1服務器在介質密度和整體端到端架構方面都有所不同,因此非常適合高容量網絡邊緣應用。例如,下一代5G移動服務提供商將需要更接近其客戶的更多存儲容量,以提供最佳用戶體驗。

對於數據分析和AI應用程序,使用分佈式/融合系統進行節點間批處理,以及使用更多計算密集型GPU系統而無需本地存儲,勢頭正在增強。
這使得專用的全閃存橫向擴展存儲成為首選拓撲。
為了在這兩個應用領域取得商業成功,全閃存平台必須提供最低的總擁有成本,將決策從性價比轉變為價格/性能和效率的平衡。 NF1服務器完美地實現了這種平衡。



Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
With an optimal thermal design NF1 server can support more flash devices, while consuming less power, (greater overall efficiency) in turn enabling the use of more powerfull CPUs and Memory. 
This delivers the best/price performance All-Flash platform available. 
And all of this in a system with only 30” of rack depth making deployment easy in any size rack.

最低的總擁有成本
憑藉最佳的散熱設計,NF1服務器可以支持更多的閃存設備,同時消耗更少的功率(更高的整體效率),從而可以使用更強大的CPU和內存。
這提供了最佳/性價比的全閃存平台。
所有這一切都在一個只有30英寸機架深度的系統中,可以在任何尺寸的機架中輕鬆部署。

Balanced System Design
The balanced system architecture splits resources evenly across CPU, networking and storage, 
this allows users to pin and provision IO resources for the lowest latency path from external clients to the NF1 storage devices, minimizing inter CPU communications over UPI (the Ultra Path Interconnect).

On the front end, with 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, the highest performing network interface cards (NICs) can be used to drive NVMe performance. 
Supermicro provides 25 Gigabit Ethernet speed for the same price others charge for legacy networks such as 10G. 
And this system is also available with support for 100 GbE, as well as Infiniband and Omni-Path, for those organizations that require the absolute highest performance.
平衡的系統設計
平衡的系統架構在CPU,網絡和存儲之間均勻地分配資源,
這允許用戶為從外部客戶端到NF1存儲設備的最低延遲路徑固定和配置IO資源,從而最大限度地減少UPI上的CPU間通信(Ultra Path Interconnect)。

在前端,有2個PCI-E 3.0 x16插槽,性能最高的網絡接口卡(NIC)可用於驅動NVMe性能。
Supermicro提供25千兆以太網速度,價格與其他傳統網絡(如10G)相同。
此系統還支持100 GbE,以及Infiniband和Omni-Path,適用於那些需要絕對最高性能的組織。



I/O Optimized Architecture for Lowest Latency

System latency performance can be measured many ways; for a standalone compute node it may be measured from storage device to CPU. 
In the case of a storage server providing services to clients across a network, 
the PCI-E bandwidth for the NICs must also be considered. 
The NF1 server has a system topology offering high bandwidth and the lowest latency for external client applications.

With capacity projections for Flash more than doubling in the next 18 months, 
Supermicro’s SSG-1029P-NMR36LNF1 server is the first system on the market featuring a compact next generation density optimized flash form factor, 
with the absolute best combination of performance, optimal power efficiency, and storage density. 
This gives users the best TCO, and competitive advantage compared to other flash form factors shipping today.

I / O優化實現最低延時架構

可以通過多種方式測量系統延遲性能; 對於獨立計算節點,可以從存儲設備到CPU進行測量。
對於通過網絡向客戶端提供服務的存儲服務器,
還必須考慮NIC的PCI-E帶寬。
NF1服務器具有系統拓撲,可為外部客戶端應用程序提供高帶寬和最低延遲。

隨著Flash的容量預測在未來18個月增加一倍以上,
Supermicro的SSG-1029P-NMR36LNF1服務器是市場上第一款採用緊湊型下一代密度優化閃存外形的系統,
具有絕對最佳的性能,最佳電源效率和存儲密度組合。
與今天發布的其他閃存外形相比,這為用戶提供了最佳的TCO和競爭優勢。


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蔡長明,
2019年8月23日 下午11:41
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