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Solution Highlights

NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) is a scalable, high performance CPU PCI-E Gen3 direct connnect to NVMe devices, designed for Client and Enterprise server systems using SSDs technology, that was developed to reduce latency and provide faster CPU to data storage device performance.

By deploying Supermicro NVMe, customers can benefit from reduced latency, increased Input/Output operations per second (IOPS), and lower power consumption. This means that customers' Supermicro solutions can perform more work in less time, translating into lower costs and increased revenues. Thus the ROI benefits for customers from NVMe enabled Supermicro servers is immediate and substantial.Supports standard NVMe drivers.

Applications/Environments

  • Cloud, hyperscale, enterprise and high performance computing
  • Suitable for the most demanding scaleout database workloads
  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • High Frequency Trading (HFT)
  • Virtualized computing
  • Space and/or power constrained environments

All Flash NVMe Server Solutions

Datasheet (PDF 1.19mb)


All-Flash NVMe Server 1028U

10 NVMe SSDs in 1U

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4
256GB of DDR4-2400 memory

10x

Intel Solid-State Drive

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Test 1: SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ This server supports 10 NVMe SSDs using a total of 40 PCI-E 3.0 lanes from two CPUs to provide full bandwidth (PCI-E x4) to each NVMe SSD as shown in Figure 1.

Diagram of an all flash nvme 1028U solution

Figure 1. SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ PCI-E Lane Diagram for NVMe

We compared the SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ with 10 NVMe SSDs to the Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server with 10 SAS3 SSDs, and we found:

  • a 12x performance gain in read IOPS
  • and a 10x performance gain in write IOPS
Performance in IOPS
Performance in IOPS for the 1028U-TN10RT+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ (NVMe) Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server (SAS SSD)


With these IOPS numbers we are able to create a price comparison based on the system cost. When comparing the SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ to the Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server with 10 SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • a 9x lower cost for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 7x lower cost for every 1K write IOPS
Cost per 1K IOPS
Cost per 1k IOPS for the 1028U-TN10RT+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ (NVMe) Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server (SAS SSD)


Power was also monitored during the performance testing. When comparing the SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ to the Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server with 10 SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • 15x less power for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 14x less power for every 1K write IOPS
Power Consumption per 1K IOPS
Power consumption per 1k IOPS for the 1028U-TN10RT+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-1028U-TN10RT+ (NVMe) Industry Standard 1U 10 Bay Server (SAS SSD)

All-Flash NVMe Server 2028U

24 NVMe SSDs in 2U

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4
256GB of DDR4-2400 memory

24x

Intel Solid-State Drive

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Test 2: SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ In order to address all 24 NVMe SSDs, two PCI-E switches are designed in to provide enough PCI-E lanes for each NVMe SSD as shown in Figure 2.

Diagram of an all flash nvme 2028U solution

Figure 2. SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ PCI-E Lane Diagram for NVMe

We compared the SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ with 24 NVMe SSDs to the Industry Standard 2U 24 Bay Server with 24 SAS3 SSDs and we found:

  • a 7x performance gain in read IOPS
  • and a 8x performance gain in write IOPS
Performance in IOPS
Performance in IOPS for the 2028U-TN24R4T+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ (NVMe) Industry Standard Server 2U 24 Bay (SAS SSD)


With these IOPS numbers we are able to create a price comparison based on the system cost. When comparing the SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ to the Industry Standard 2U 24 Bay Server with 24x SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • a 5x lower cost for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 5x lower cost for every 1K write IOPS
Cost per 1K IOPS
Cost per 1k IOPS for the 2028U-TN24R4T+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ (NVMe) Industry Standard Server 2U 24 Bay (SAS SSD)


Power was also monitored during the performance testing. When comparing the SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ to the Industry Standard 2U 24 Bay Server with 24x SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • 5x less power for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 5x less power for every 1K write IOPS
Power Consumption per 1K IOPS
Power consumption per 1k IOPS for the 2028U-TN24R4T+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SYS-2028U-TN24R4T+ (NVMe) Industry Standard Server 2U 24 Bay (SAS SSD)

All-Flash NVMe Server 2028R

48 NVMe SSDs in 2U

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4
256GB of DDR4-2400 memory

48x

Intel Solid-State Drive

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Test 3: SSG-2028R-NR48N In order to address all 48 NVMe SSDs, four PCI-E switches are designed in to provide enough PCI-E lanes for each NVMe SSD as shown in Figure 3.

Diagram of an all flash nvme 2028R solution

Figure 3. SSG-2028R-NR48N PCI-E Lane Diagram for NVMe

We compared the SSG-2028R-NR48N with 48 NVMe SSDs to the Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server with 48 SAS3 SSDs and we found:

  • a 8x performance gain in read IOPS
  • and a 8x performance gain in write IOPS
Performance in IOPS
Performance in IOPS for the 2028R-NR48N+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SSG-2028R-NR48N (NVMe) Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server (SAS SSD)


With these IOPS numbers we are able to create a price comparison based on the system cost. When comparing the SSG-2028R-NR48N to the Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server with 48x SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • a 5x lower cost for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 5x lower cost for every 1K write IOPS
Cost per 1K IOPS
Cost per 1k IOPS for the 2028R-NR48N+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SSG-2028R-NR48N (NVMe) Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server (SAS SSD)


Power was also monitored during the performance testing. When comparing the SSG-2028R-NR48N to the Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server with 48x SAS3 SSDs, we found:

  • 6x less power for every 1K read IOPS
  • and 7x less power for every 1K write IOPS
Power Consumption per 1K IOPS
Power consumption per 1k IOPS for the 2028R-NR48N+ 1U 10 NVMe server

SSG-2028R-NR48N (NVMe) Industry Standard 2U 48 Bay Server (SAS SSD)

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