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Blade, server platforms designed for Intel Xeon

Posted: 13 Mar 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AdvancedTCA  node blade  rack mount server 

Kontron releases two new carrier grade products, the AdvancedTCA 10GbE node blade AT8060 and the NEBS-3 compliant communication rack mount server CG2200 as enhanced support to the new 8-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family.

 AdvancedTCA node blade and NEBS-3 rack mount server

Kontron's AdvancedTCA node blade and NEBS-3 rack mount server are designed for Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family.

Based on the standardised Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) specification, Kontron's 'dual-socket' AdvancedTCA 10GbE node blade AT8060 features a total of up to 16 processor cores or 32 threads, four memory channels per processor running at 1600MHz, one AdvancedMC bay, and new intelligent power management controls. The Kontron AT8060 is said to be a 'must-have' node blade, best used for high-compute and content-aware network applications implemented on Kontron 10G and 40G AdvancedTCA Open Modular Core Platforms.

Kontron's NEBS-3 compliant communication rack mount server CG2200 features a 'dual-socket' approach with the 8-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family. This Kontron server combines high memory, flexible I/O and storage options, and dual redundant AC or DC power options into a compact 2U, 508mm (20inch) deep form factor.

Designing with Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 Family
The 32nm Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family introduces a multitude of enhancements intended to significantly improve processor performance over previous generations, plus lower latency and intelligently save power. It is the first dual-socket server-class Intel processor to integrate PCI Express 3.0, thus enabling the I/O hub to be removed to save blade- or board-level real estate.

Kontron selected the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family because of its exemplary performance and maximised feature set, ideal for telecom and network equipment manufacturers (TEMs/NEPs) planning to go to market with high-bandwidth infrastructure used in carrier cloud computing and 4G LTE EPC networks.

Both the Kontron AT8060 and CG2200 each benefit from the following advancements:
 • Massive I/O bandwidth increase: a total of 80 lanes of PCIe (40 lanes per processor);
 • Faster memory bandwidth: each processor has 4 channels running at 1600MHz, a 60 percent improvement over previous generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series;
 • Large inter-processor connection: reduced latency with two 8GT/s QPI, which accelerates access a processor needs to access resources (PCIe and/or memory) attached to second processor;
 • More cores, same power budget: Kontron supports up to 8 cores (16 threads) with the same power budget that allowed only 4 to 6 cores previously. Dual-socket supplies 16 cores (32 threads);
 • To summarise, both new Kontron products with new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family provide approximately 3x more performance and memory speed (2.7x more cores and 3.2x more memory bandwidth) than previous generations.

Intel additionally introduced Data Direct I/O Technology (Intel DDIO) to reduce memory accesses

from I/O on local socket and speed up processor data transfers. Security features include Execute Disable (XD) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) for malware resistance, and Intel AES New Instructions for data and asset protection.

Kontron Active Power Management
Kontron has developed Active Power Management, a software interface for clients to intelligently pre-set and regulate the processor power settings on its AdvancedTCA processor blade via the Intel Node Manager embedded in the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family. The Active Power Management fully integrates existing Kontron Management Solutions and is accessible using known standards such as IPMI and PICMG interfaces. It allows dynamic power monitoring, power capping controls, and power threshold alerting, thus enabling platforms to achieve maximum performance and power for a single node.

Kontron 10G node blade AT8060 highlights
This is a sixth-generation Intel processor-based ATCA node blade from Kontron and accommodates an AMC slot in conjunction with a dual socket, 8-core per processor approach. This enables further customisation by populating the blade with other specialised AMCs including packet processing and storage modules.
 • Dual 8-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family, 16T (16C, 32T per 2S E5 system)
 • High bandwidth, low latency, bi-directional ring interconnect allows faster access to 20MB multi-banked last level cache
 • Dual 8GT/s QPI interfaces between both processors for lowest PCIe and memory latency
 • Total of 128 GB Memory (Up to 64GB DDR3 on 4 DIMM per processor)
 • AMC bay with PCIe x8 Gen2 + SATA connectivity
 • Kontron Active Power Management via Power Node manager
 • Integrated SAS
 • Rear Transition Module RTM8063 with 2 hot swap 2.5'' SAS hard drives

Kontron 2U Carrier Grade Communication Rack Mount Server CG2200 highlights
Kontron designed the CG2200 with high-density processing performance and an optimised I/O and storage feature set, with either dual redundant AC or DC power options. This 20 deep ruggedized server is built to meet NEBS level-3 compliance and is backed by an extended lifecycle.
 • Dual 8 Core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family, 16T (16C, 32T per 2S E5 system)
 • 16 slot, 4 channel support of DDR3 RDIMM/UDIMM; supports 256GB maximum (with 16GB DIMM);
 • Supports 2 PCI-E risers (4 FL/FH cards) and 2 LP cards (one internal without rear I/O accessibility); for a total of 6 PCI-E IO cards;
 • Up to 6 Hot-Swap 2.5 SAS/SATA HDDs
 • Hot swap, redundant fans
 • Integrated BMC (iBMC) with advanced options; RMM4
 • Front panel: 1 serial, 1 USB 2.0
 • Rear panel: 1 serial, 4 USB 2.0, 1 management NIC port
 • Quad rear GbE NIC ports (standard)

Kontron AT8060 and CG2200 are available now.

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