Fuel cells drive datacentre rack burn in testing

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By Nick Flaherty

The new manufacturing centre increases Supermicro’s rack capacity by 600 racks per month with a 3MW fuel cell capability on-site from Bloom Energy to burn in 60 racks simultaneously at a single location with inventory, server integration and rack integration all under one roof.

The clean fuel-cell based energy minimizes pollution, resulting in higher operational efficiencies as well as a cleaner, safer working environment and reducing energy costs by $8 million over 10 years.

“As our datacentre business continues to grow, we scale our investments to ensure that Supermicro has the production capacity and capabilities to fully service our enterprise, datacentre and cloud customers at our Silicon Valley campus with over 2 million square feet of facilities,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Supermicro shipped 1.2 million units globally last year, and this new state-of-the-art, clean energy facility increases our rack capacity by 600 racks per month and implements the latest automation and robotics technologies to streamline the rack integration process.”

A key automation component for the new rack integration facility is the implementation of robotics.  Using AGVs to transport racks from the assembly lines to the burn-in chamber helps improve the process efficiency, provides cost savings, and reduces potential safety concerns. Another vital feature of the new rack integration center is L11 Cluster Test Automation. 

Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) manages racks of disaggregated servers, storage, and networking with industry standard Redfish Restful APIs that remain consistent across different vendors and multiple server generations. The latest version, Supermicro RSD 2.1, supports high performance, high density, and disaggregated NVMe non-volatile memory storage for higher datacentre efficiency, increased utilisation and lower costs.

For networking, Supermicro’s new 25G top of rack (ToR) Ethernet switches are more cost-effective than current 10G switches as they can seamlessly downshift to provide 10G networking. In addition, they provide lots of uplink bandwidth with six 100G uplink ports.


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