The European public cloud Scaleway has unleashed the most powerful bare metal server currently on the market. Her Bare Metal Ultimate Performance XL (UP-BM2-XL) server is as much a statement of intent as it is a halo product.
It is powered by eight Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, each with 28 cores / 56 threads clocked up to 2.7 GHz. Intel’s recommended customer price for each is $ 10,009 – a significant premium due to the fact that it supports eight sockets.
There’s also 7.68 TB of memory (6.1 TB DCPMM Optane and 1.5 GB TruDDR4), 20.6 TB of storage (six 3.2 TB NVMe enterprise-grade SSDs), and up to 25 Gbit / s available bandwidth.
The solution, Scaleway says, is “designed for intensive on-demand computing, in-memory or transactional databases, and any workload not compatible with horizontal scaling,” making it ideal for SAP and VMware. Since ThinkSystem is listed in the technical specifications list, we suspect that the server used is a Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950.
Users are billed by the hour instead of by the month; at € 29.99 / hour (£ 26.80 / $ 35.60), it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But again, one of these Cascade Lake-SP Xeon CPUs (remember there are eight) can reach 2TFlops / sec (theoretical peak performance on AVX-512 instructions).
20 years ago, the world’s most powerful computer was Intel-powered ASCI Red. It had nearly 10,000 cores, a peak performance of 3.21TFlops, and a cool price tag of $ 55 million.
Scaleway operates six data centers in Europe and focuses on web hosting, dedicated servers and colocation.