Eight AMD Ryzen AM5 nodes in one chassis
Yesterday NVIDIA showed off the MGX HPC server design, a reworking of the older rack-mount chassis design to accommodate modern components. Today, we can see a different design specific to AMD, the Supermicro MicroCloud 3U chassis designed to run multiple nodes in a single enclosure. The reason for the 3U form factor is that the eight separate single-socket AMD Ryzen AM5 nodes are installed vertically and this offers enough space for components as well as two 3.5″ bays.
Internal connectivity between nodes is handled by a proprietary high-density connector, for external communication you can choose between 1GbE, 10GbE or 25GbE LOM. There’s a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot and M.2 port on each of the nodes, and up to 128GB of ECC or non-ECC DDR5 DIMMs, not to mention two SATA ports for drives located up front.
Perhaps most impressive about the Supermicro MicroCloud is that it can handle Ryzen 7000 processors up to 170W TDP. That’s a much higher TDP than many other similar products, and speaks volumes for the cooling that eight of those toasty processors can handle in this small footprint. Pop by Serve The Home for more details.