GIGABYTE Releases Its Newest 2U HPC Server Supporting 8 Computing Cards

The Highest Computing Density in its Category

Taipei, Taiwan, November 19th 2014 - GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is happy to announce today the release of its G250-S88, the refresh of its GS-R22PHL based on the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 platform. 

G250-S88 HPC Server
Next Gen Platform
This new HPC server keeps the original concept of the GS-R22PHL: a standard 2U rackmount housing a single central node and 4 side slots capable of receiving up to 8 double slot computing cards. The central node has been updated with two 2011-3 sockets supporting the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 processors, and with 24 memory DIMMS (16 DIMMs for the GS-R22PHL) supporting the new DDR4 technology.

It still features 8 hot-swappable front-loading
 HDD/SDD bays supporting SATA III 6Gb/s connections, which can be upgraded to SAS 6Gb/s ones with the addition of an LSI SAS2208 based mezzanine card.

Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 Processors

A Single HPC Node With 8 x Computing Cards
The main feature of this product remains its unique ability to receive up to 8 double slot GPGPU or co-processing cards. With 4 lateral trays able to host 2 double slot cards each, the G250-S88 can be fitted with the most powerful computing cards from Intel, NVIDIA or AMD, and opens the door to record computing performance for a single 2U system. Therefore, it is a main contender to accelerate applications in scientific simulation & modeling, engineering, visualization & rendering, data mining, and any other computing intensive programs.

G250-S88 HPC Server

Network Configuration Flexibility
Built with a dual 10Gb/s SFP+ LAN controller, the G250-S88 can receive an additional mezzanine LAN card featuring another dual 10Gb/s controller or a dual 56Gb/s controller. With these options, the network capabilities of the system can be tailored to the needs of its target applications.

Dual 56Gb/s QSFP+ Card Option
- Model: GC-MNXE2
- Mellanox MT27508A1-FCCR-FV controller
- 2 x QSFP+ LAN ports
- Supports Infiniband, Ethernet and Data Center Bridging links
- Virtual Protocol Interconnect
- 1us MPI ping latency
- PCIe Gen3 x8 bandwidth

GC-MNXE2 56Gb/s LAN Card

Dual 10Gb/s SFP+ Card Option
- Model: GC-MNXE20
- Mellanox MT27518A1-FCCR-XE controller
- 2 x SFP+ LAN ports
- Supports Ethernet and Data Center Bridging links

- PCIe Gen3 x8 bandwidth

GC-MNXE20 10Gb/s LAN Card

DDR4 Memory Performance Edge
On Intel's previous server platforms, by design the maximum supported memory frequency has always been automatically downgraded the more DIMMs were being added on a server motherboard. As this trade-off between performance and capacity represents a dilemma to many memory-hungry server applications, GIGABYTE offers a unique solution. All our motherboards based on the LGA 2011-3 socket support by default a maximum frequency of 2133 MHz in any memory configuration :

*subject to GIGABYTE memory vendor compatibility list

Easy BIOS Update
Because updating the version of a BIOS can be a troublesome experience, GIGABYTE has developed an integrated function (no utility to install) that lets you update the BIOS of your system(s) :
  • Without having to install CPU(s), memory, drives, operating system, etc.
  • Without having to power on the system (but a power supply must be installed and connected to an outlet)
  • One board at a time via our standard IPMI 2.0 web interface
  • Multiple boards simultaneously via command line