AMAX launches AI-optimised server platform

High-performance server maker AMAX has launched the DL-E48A, a reconfigurable single/dual root high-density GPU platform designed for artificial intelligence (AI) training and inference.

The DL-E48A is a high-performance, high-density 8x GPU server platform with first-in-industry remote-configurable single and dual PCIe root complex architectures, enabling ease of hardware optimisation for AI and deep learning training, inference, HPC compute, rendering, and virtualisation.

The platform supports the latest generation of NVIDIA Tesla Volta V100 32GB HBM2 GPU, Mellanox EDR Infiniband and Intel Omnipath fabric to process largest datasets for the most demanding AI and deep learning applications.

Utilising Intel’s Scalable Processor Architecture, the system provides a 56 percent increase in memory bandwidth and a 54 percent bandwidth increase for communication between CPUs (UPI) compared to platforms featuring the previous Intel Processor generation. NVME storage options are available with the DL-E48A, removing storage bottlenecks for ultra-fast data performance.

The DL-E48A’s software-configurable PCIe architecture allows IT organisations to remotely change the PCIe hardware topology between single and dual root complex architectures in order to optimise machine and cluster performance for specific workloads.

Single root complex architectures are ideal for reducing GPU to GPU memory copy latency for improved performance of GPU-intensive DL workloads. Dual root complex architectures offer better performance for CPU-intensive applications and parallel computing tasks. The DL-E48A combines the benefits of both architectures into a single server to give organizations the ultimate versatility using a single platform.

“Many AI organisations in the development phase are faced with deciding whether or when single root or dual root complex best suits their applications,” said Dr Rene Meyer, VP of Technology at AMAX.

“With the DL-E48A, you have a system capable of both, providing companies the ability to test their applications against both architectures to derive best performance. For organisations running multiple applications, the DL-E48A’s versatility means being able to configure the root complex architecture on demand or even remotely via software, giving them a single platform that can be well-suited for a wide range of applications,” he added.