At MWC, Supermicro intros edge server, AMD demos tech advances

Learn what Supermicro and AMD showed at the big mobile world conference in Barcelona. 

  • March 5, 2024 | Author: Peter Krass
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This year’s MWC Barcelona, held Feb. 27 - 29, was a really big show. Over 101,000 people attended from 205 countries and territories. More than 2,700 organizations either exhibited, partnered or sponsored. And over 1,100 subject-matter experts made presentations.

Among those many exhibitors were Supermicro and AMD.

Supermicro showed off the company’s new AS -1115SV, a cost-optimized, single-AMD-processor server for the edge data center.

And AMD offered demos on AI engines, cryptography for quantum computing and more.

Supermicro AS -1115SV

Okay, Supermicro’s full SKU for this system is A+ Server AS -1115SV-WTNRT. That’s a mouthful, but the essence is simple: It’s a 1U short-depth server, powered by a single AMD processor, and designed for the edge data center.

The single CPU in question is an AMD EPYC 8004 Series processor with up to 64 cores. Memory maxes out at 576 GB of DDR5, and you also get 3 PCIe 5.0 x16 slots and up to 10 hot-swappable 2.5-inch drive bays.

The server’s intended applications include virtualization, firewall, edge computing, cloud services, and database/storage. Supermicro says the server’s high efficiency and low power envelope make it ideal for both telco and edge applications.

AMD’s MWC demos

AMD gave a slew of demos AMD from its MWC booth. Here are three:

  • 5G advanced & AI integrated on the same device: To meet today’s requirements, both 5G advanced and 6G wireless communication systems require that intensive signal processing and novel AI algorithms can be implemented on the same device and AI engine. AMD demo’d its AI Engines, power-efficient, general-purpose processors that can be programmed to address both signal-processing and AI requirements in future wireless systems.
  • High-performance quantum safe cryptography​: Quantum computing threatens the security of existing asymmetric or public-key cryptographic algorithms. This demo showed some powerful alternatives on AMD devices: Kyber, Dilithum and PQShield.
  • GreenRAN 5G on EPYC 8004 Series processors: GreenRAN is an open RAN (radio access network) solution from Parallel Wireless. It’s designed to operate seamlessly across various general-purpose CPUs—including, as this demo showed, the AMD 8004 EPYC family.

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