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What is the HPE Superdome Flex?

HPE’s newest version of the HPE Superdome Flex, the HPE Superdome Flex 280, is now the most flexible and modular in-memory processing system, powering mission-critical programs, enabling real-time insights, and handling workloads for high-performance computing (HPC) that are data-intensive.

The new Epic-certified server fuels vital systems to speed up data processing, and handles AI and HPC tasks all at once, offering an unparalleled mix of adaptability, efficiency, and security. With increasing amounts of data, it allows organizations to begin small and scale at their speed through distinctive flexible design and increased computing size, proving suitable for EHR challenges.

Product Features

For healthcare organizations, one of the most important features of this server is that it’s validated for Epic, meaning it meets Epic’s Honor Role requirements and reduces the chance of Epic violations. It also allows users to maintain their SMP architecture, thus reducing costs. 

Heightened security is also a special feature given the significant increase in recent ransomware attacks across many healthcare facilities. Special updates have been made to keep errors at the firmware level before it reaches the operating system. HPE’s Silicon Root of Trust is also a new capability to protect against firmware and malware attacks.

Finally, low latency contributes to the server’s performance. Although data exists in local or distant ram, multiple copies can reside in different processor caches throughout the device. Cache coherency keeps the cached copies constant in the event an action modifies the data. Between a processor and local memory, there is a 100ns round trip latency, while a CPU’s access to data from memory when connected to another processor via UPI normally has a 130ns latency.

Scaling Beyond Intel’s Capabilities 

In its very recent server versions, such as the HPE Superdome Flex, HPE uses the most recent Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, codenamed Skylake. The new UltraPath Interconnect (UPI) in Intel’s reference design for these processors has a scaling limit of 8 sockets. The “glueless” connectivity approach is the foundation upon which the majority of vendors who use these processors base their server designs; however, HPE Superdome Flex has a distinctive modular architecture that can go beyond Intel’s capabilities—from 4 to 32 sockets in a single system.

This is carried out in response to market demand for systems that can extend above Intel’s 8-socket limitation, particularly at this time when large datasets are expanding at an extraordinary rate. Additionally, since Intel concentrates the UPI on 2- and 4-socket servers, the bandwidth requirements for 8-socket “glueless” systems increase. Even when the system is expanded to its greatest configurations, the design still provides high bandwidth.

Assessment of the environment and its compatibility for the HPE Superdome Flex 280 is crucial for optimal installation and performance. Organizations can best determine this by working with specialty IT services like Comport.

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