Why Choose Intel Blue Box Series Servers?
Dell, HP, Lenovo have Networking Cards from Mellanox, Intel, Broadcom, RAID Controllers from Avago/LSI/Intel, Power Supplies from Lite-On and Delta, among many other components that come from various technology partners.
In conclusion, Dell, HP, Lenovo and are not as homogenous as Intel Full Blue Box Solutions that are fully optimized with the following Intel System Components.
Intel Server Board
Intel Power Supplies
Intel Solid State Drive Data Center Family
with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)
Intel P4500 and P4600 SSD Data Center Family with NVMe
High-bandwidth Intel® SSDs with NVMe* bring data directly to Intel® Xeon® processors—providing near-real-time results for big data analytics. Faster input/output operations per second (IOPS) deliver more performance per server, significantly cutting latency.
With Intel® SSDs with NVMe*, you can shrink your storage footprint, increase storage density, and support data-intensive workloads like high-performance computing at reduced total cost of ownership.
Intel Optane Solid State Drive P4800X Series
Realize breakthrough application performance with the DC P4800X. It is designed to deliver 5-8x faster performance at low queue depth workloads,2 exhibiting extremely high throughput for single accesses and super low latency. Where NAND-based SSDs are often measured at a queue depth of 32 (SATA) or 128 (NVMe*) in order to showcase maximum throughput, the DC P4800X can reach as much as 500,000 IOPS, or ~2GB/s, at a queue depth of 11.1 This new technology is perfectly suited to accelerate enterprise applications to new, breakthrough levels of performance.
Advanced Features Are Designed into the Silicon
Integrated Intel Quick Assist Technology (Intel QAT)
Intel® QAT improves performance across applications and platforms. That includes symmetric encryption and authentication, asymmetric encryption, digital signatures, RSA, DH, and ECC, and lossless data compression.
Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512
Applications can pack 32 double precision and 64 single precision floating point operations per second per clock cycle within the 512-bit vectors, as well as eight 64-bit and sixteen 32-bit integers, with up to two 512-bit fused-multiply add (FMA) units, thus doubling the width of data registers, doubling the number of registers, and, doubling the width of FMA units, compared to Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (Intel® AVX2).
Integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture
Current standards-based high performance fabrics, such as InfiniBand*, were not originally designed for HPC, resulting in performance and scaling weaknesses that are currently impeding the path to Exascale computing. Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is being designed specifically to address these issues and scale cost-effectively from entry level HPC clusters to larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more.
Integrated Intel Ethernet
with iWARP RDMA Technology
Both iWARP and InfiniBand use RDMA and a common API for HPC applications, but iWARP has the advantage of enabling the use of RDMA over the familiar Ethernet fabric. Because iWARP runs over Ethernet TCP/IP, it enables both application and management traffic to operate over a single wire. Dramatic value advantages are available for scientific and technical computing implementations
Intel® Volume Management Device
Intel® VMD is technology on to root ports of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, which redirects NVMe* SSD insertion and removal PCIe bus events to storage aware drivers. These events previously had to be handled, with varying degrees of success, by a combination of system BIOS and Operating System. Intel VMD ensures a smooth add and removal of NVMe* drives from the PCIe* bus, ensuring uptime and serviceability.
Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU
Intel VROC is a hybrid RAID solution. It has attributes of a software RAID solution, for instance, using the CPU to calculate RAID logic. It also has attributes of a hardware RAID, for instance, aggregating NVMe-based SSDs behind an integrated hardware controller called Intel® VMD.