SPECstorage™ Solution 2020_eda_blended Result

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Super Micro Computer SPECstorage Solution 2020_eda_blended = 240 Job_Sets
SYS-221H-TN24R Hyper Storage Sever Overall Response Time = 0.37 msec


Performance Graph

Product and Test Information

SYS-221H-TN24R Hyper Storage Sever
Tested bySuper Micro Computer
Hardware AvailableJan 10 2023
Software AvailableDec 2022
Date TestedDec 2022
License Number91
Licensee LocationsSan Jose, CA, USA

The SYS-221H-TN24R is the new generation of 24x 2.5” hot-swap NVMe/SAS/SATA hybrid SuperServer that delivers a massive improvement in storage performance over systems based on NVMe, SATA, and SAS. The new servers are also more power efficient and flexible than the traditional systems. The new servers have hot-plug capability to provide more serviceability and availability.

Solution Under Test Bill of Materials

Item NoQtyTypeVendorModel/NameDescription
11StorageSuper Micro ComputerSYS-221H-TN24RThe current SYS-221H-TN24R is - 2 Intel dual Sapphire Rapids Xeon scalable 48 core processor, total 1 TiB memory, and dual socket MB - using NFSv4.2 protocol over a 100 GbE. SYS-221H-TN24R server provides IO/s from 2 file systems. The SYS-221H-TN24R server uses a dual socket processor and 14 NVMe SSD. SYS-221H-TN24R is running RHEL8.7 on 2 SATA SSD (RAID-1) using NFSv4.2 and 1 100GbE Ethernet networking.
21100Gbps or 40GbpsSuper Micro ComputerSSE-C3632SThe SSE-C3632S Layer 2/3 Ethernet Switch is the latest entry from Supermicro in the Open Networking arena. Open Networking provides customers with the ability to maximize the efficient and flexible use of valuable data center resources while providing an ideal platform for managing and maintaining those resources in a manner in tune with the needs of the organization.
38ClientsSuper Micro ComputerSYS-621BT-HNC8RA single 2U SYS-621BT-HNC8R is supporting 4 nodes. In each node, there are 2 Intel dual Sapphire Rapids Xeon scalable 28 core processors, total 256GB memory, and dual socket MB. The Supermicro® Super I/O Module (SIOM) delivers up to 50% of I/O cost savings and freedom to select networking options from 1Gb/s to100Gb/s through a Supermicro optimized form factor that is easy to scale, service and manage across a broad range of Supermicro server and storage systems. The SIOM also enables a higher degree of system integration and increased capacity by saving PCI-E slots that are traditionally reserved for add on cards. With SIOM you choose your onboard I/O.
49100GbE HBA CardSuper Micro ComputerAOC-S100GC-i2CThe Supermicro AOC-S100GC-i2C is a high-performance leading-edge 100Gb/s Ethernet adapter featuring Intel® E810-CAM2 with PCI-E Gen 4 support with backward compatibility to PCI-E Gen 3.
514SSDSamsungMZWLO15THBLAPCIe Gen5 NVMe installed in storage node (SYS-221H-TN24R).
61Gigabit SwitchTP-LinkTL-SG1016D16 port Gigabit Switch for management connectivity.
72SSDMicronMTFDDAK1T9TDDSATA SSD installed in storage node (SYS-221H-TN24R) for OS.
832DDR5SamsungM321R4GA3DB032GB memory module is populated in storage node (SYS-221H-TN24R).

Configuration Diagrams

  1. Supermicro SUT Diagram

Component Software

Item NoComponentTypeName and VersionDescription
1Prime ClientLinuxRHEL8.7Operating System (OS) for 1 load generator (one of the client nodes - Prime) in SYS-621BT-HNC8R
2Storage NodeStorage OSRHEL8.7Storage Operating System (SYS-221H-TN24R)
3ClientsClient OSRHEL8.7Operating System (OS) for 8 clients in 2x SYS-621BT-HNC8R

Hardware Configuration and Tuning - Physical

Storage Node
Parameter NameValueDescription
Port speed100GbInternal switch port speed with default setting
Parameter NameValueDescription
Port speed100GbInternal switch port speed with default setting

Hardware Configuration and Tuning Notes

Supermicro SYS-221H-TN24R (AOC-S100GC-i2C) 100Gb ethernet ports are setup to default MTU frames. SYS-621BT-HNC8R (AOC-S100GC-i2C) clients is 100Gb ethernet ports are setup to default MTU frames.

Software Configuration and Tuning - Physical

Parameter NameValueDescription
MTU1500Default MTU frames setup
Vers4.2NFS protocol version

Software Configuration and Tuning Notes


Service SLA Notes


Storage and Filesystems

Item NoDescriptionData ProtectionStable StorageQty
12x RAID-10 volumes and each volume consists of 6 drives and 1 spare drive. Total 14 drivesRAID-10 volume with hot-spareStable Storage14
21x RAID-1 volumes and OS is installed on itRAID-1 volumeStable Storage2
Number of Filesystems2
Total Capacity83.82TiB
Filesystem Typexfs

Filesystem Creation Notes

Filesystem is created with full capacity and default(no) options.

Storage and Filesystem Notes

First filesystem on nfs server is mounted on first 4 clients (cn0~cn3) and second filesystem on nfs server is mounted on last 4 clients (cn4~cn7) over nfs.

Transport Configuration - Physical

Item NoTransport TypeNumber of Ports UsedNotes
1100GbE network1Storage server connects to the 100Gb link.
2100GbE network8Each clients server connects to the 100Gb link

Transport Configuration Notes

Configured 32 ports to 100Gb. Only 9x 100Gb ports were used.

Switches - Physical

Item NoSwitch NameSwitch TypeTotal Port CountUsed Port CountNotes
1SSE-C3632S100GbE and 40GbE32932x 100GbE ports are available. 9x 100GbE ports are used. Supermicro SSE-C3632S optimized port configuration enables high-speed rack connectivity to any server

Processing Elements - Physical

Item NoQtyTypeLocationDescriptionProcessing Function
12CPUFile System Storage NodeIntel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8468V @ 2.40GHz, hyperthreading enabledFile System Storage Node
216CPUFile System Client NodeIntel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8450H @ 2.00GHz, hyperthreading enabledEach system is dual socket and 8 clients in 2x SYS-621BT-HNC8R.

Processing Element Notes

Each node in the system (Client and Storage node) has two physical processors each. Each processor has multiple cores as mentioned in the table above.

Memory - Physical

DescriptionSize in GiBNumber of InstancesNonvolatileTotal GiB
System memory in storage node3232V1024
System memory in client node3264V2048
Grand Total Memory Gibibytes3072

Memory Notes


Stable Storage

The storage node does not use write cache to store data so writes are committed to disk immediately. All data is protected in the file system by a RAID-10 volume and spare storage configuration including metadata. The entire SUT is protected with redundant power supplies, both storage node and clients. Storage node have two SATA device for OS redundancy.

Solution Under Test Configuration Notes

The solution is a configuration by Supermicro with managing metadata for the file system. SYS-221H-TN24R storage node is the new generation of all-flash SuperServer that delivers a massive improvement in storage performance.

Other Solution Notes



The storage node is connected to 100Gbit ethernet switch and 8 clients are connected to 100Gbit Switch via 100Gbit. No special tuning parameters are used in the connections. The file system is created and shared over NFSv4.2. Please refer to the diagram.

Other Notes

The Spectre or Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715) fix were applied to CPU and OS by vendors.

Other Report Notes


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