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Supermicro features open source hardware technologies at OCP Global Summit

Open Source technologies unlock innovation options for developers by maximizing customization potential.

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Supermicro (NASDAQ:SMCI) expanded adoption of key open hardware and open source technologies into its server portfolio.

In plain English, Open Source technologies unlock innovation options for developers by maximizing customization potential. An individual company (like, say Microsoft, which is notorious for this) can’t take these technologies and make it so customers can only buy products and upgrades made by them for the product.

“Supermicro continues its commitment to deliver best-of-breed solutions like our 8U 8-GPU AI training system while integrating key open technologies that unlock innovation and flexibility for our customers. The solutions are designed to support the best-in-class features, including Intel, AMD or ARM, CPUs up to 400W,  up to 700W GPUs, and 400 Gbps networking while supporting open technologies like OpenBMC and Open BIOS providing open systems that deliver superior performance, efficiency, and TCO,” said Charles Liang, president, and CEO, of Supermicro.

Supermicro is into application-optimized total IT solutions, specifically in enterprise, cloud, artificial intelligence, 5G telco/Edge IT infrastructure. The company is originally from San Jose, California. The company designs and manufactures all of its products in-house, specifically in the United States, Taiwan and the Netherlands. In doing such, the company takes advantage of global operations for scale and efficiency while minimizing its environmental impact.

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Supermicro and the future of open source

The 8U 8-GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) rack optimized systems provides power and heat maintenance capabilities needed for large scale artificial intelligence technological initiatives and other open technologies. The system uses an open application model (OAM) universal baseboard design for its GPU complex. This allows for use of an open source rack bus bar and advanced input/output module (AIOM) cards.

What these ensure are flexibility, customization for multiple servers and GPU options with a reliable power delivery and better cooling. Also, Supermicro offers an open standard 10-GPU server that’s ideal for NVIDIA’s Omniverse applications.

Supermicro will also include OpenBMC and Open BIOS software for the next generation of Intel, AMD and ARM-based systems.

OpenBMC is a project put out by the Linux Foundation. It’s a collaborative open source project working on putting together an open source implementation of Basement Management Controllers Firmware Stack. The BMC is a type of internal monitor for a computer that takes stock of its internal workings like temperature and other such issues. This works for enterprise, high performance computing, telecommunications and cloud scale data centers. Also, OpenBIOS is an open source BIOS program, with BIOS being firmware for computers for the booting process.

Supermicro will demonstrate the servers at its booth at the 2022 OCP Global Summit. The company will include a range of high-performance multi-GPU systems, including OAM universal baseboards in a range of industry standard factors, including:

  • 8U Universal GPU System optimized for ORV2 racks featuring the NVIDIA HGX A100 8-GPU
  • 5U Universal GPU System with up to 10 GPUs
  • 4U Universal GPU System supporting 4-GPU OAM baseboards
  • 2U Hyper and GrandTwin™ systems featuring next-gen CPUs and AIOM expansion slots
  • 1U Cloud DC with dual AIOM expansion slots
  • 2U 1P ARM Server supporting OpenBMC featuring Ampere® Altra® Series Processors with up to 128 core 3.0GHz

To attend the 2022 OCP Global Summit, visit https://www.opencompute.org/summit/global-summit

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