Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look!

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 4 2017 (updated on Jul 22 2017) in
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  • In case you were wondering who makes Intel Xeon D based systems, wonder no more! Supermicro still has the most SKUs, but wow, what a diverse product line has sprung up in the roughly 15 months since the 4 to 16 core Xeon D variants began to ship in volume, joining the original 8 core Xeon D-1540. FYI, some Xeon D products from Supermicro like the 16-Core Xeon D 1587 actually boast a 7 year product cycle, and this proliferation in the marketplace should help ensure support for many Hypervisors, OSs, and developers of drivers and applications for years to come.

    None of this surprises me, as I knew Intel had a hit on its hands with that winning combination of low wattage, high core count, 128GB of RAM, M.2 NVMe, and 2 10GbE ports. In case you are somehow still thinking this was some measly Atom/Avoton/Mobile low-end chipset because of its compact design, think again!

    Table of Contents

    List of companies with motherboards and/or servers based on Xeon D, click to jump to each section below:


    ASRock Rack

    ASRock Rack D1541D4U

    They have 7 motherboards based on Xeon D, to view their features, under "Selected by CPU Socket" at left, select "SoC"

    ASRock Rack Product Catalog

    1 Blade

    • 3U16N

    • Product Page

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      First of all, ASRock Rack is showing its new product 3U16N, which is by far the highest-density among all the microservers features with Intel® Xeon® D processors. With multiple computing nodes, this microserver can easily handle intensive critical tasks under low power consumption.

    ASRock Rack 3U16N image courtesy of ServeTheHome.




    1 Ruggedized Chassis

    • Parvus DuraCOR XD1500 Rugged Modular Mission Computer Server with Intel Xeon-D Processor

      The Parvus DuraCOR XD1500 is a rugged Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS), small form factor (SFF), modular mission computer server based on the industrial-temp, 12-core, 64-bit Intel Xeon D-1559 (formerly Broadwell-DE) SoC processor. With support for up to 128 GB of DDR-4 RAM memory and integrated 10GBase-T Ethernet, the XD1500 has been optimally designed for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-sensitive airborne, ground vehicle, UAS, ISR and sensor platforms seeking datacenter-class performance at the network edge. The DuraCOR XD1500 combines powerful high core-count, floating-point processing with the highest capacity memory architecture available in a rugged embedded system, with incredible I/O and data storage scalability.
      Supporting an add-on rugged COTS XMC co-processor or I/O module (i.e. GPU, FPGA, SBC, 10G Ethernet) and multiple Mini-PCIe I/O modules (i.e. MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, CANbus, 1G Ethernet) for mission-specific avionics/vetronics payload interfaces, the system can be configured with mission-tailored capabilities for C4ISR command and control, image processing, surveillance, virtual machine hypervisor, datacenter server processing, and network functional virtualization (NFV) applications in harsh deployed environments. Multiple, ultra-fast Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-based and SATA3-based solid state disk (SSD) Flash disk options are available for support of high-capacity (multi-Terabyte) removable and/or fixed Flash disk storage, information assurance and operational requirements for encryption, zeorization, and/or high mating cycle SATA interfaces (rated for up to 100,000 insertions).
      Its rugged IP67 dust and waterproof chassis is capable of operating across extended temperature ranges with no active cooling, airflow or cold plate accessories required. The unit also includes a military-grade power supply supporting aircraft (MIL-STD-704F, RTCA/DO-160G) and ground vehicle (MIL-STD-1275D) voltages with capabilities for optional 50 ms power hold-up.



    (proprietary internal, not-for-resale servers)

    • Facebook's new front-end server design delivers on performance without sucking up power
      MAR 09 2016 by Vijay Rao and Edwin Smith at Facebook Code

      Three years ago we started working with Intel to define the details of a new processor called Broadwell-D, part of Intel's Xeon line of processors, that was better suited to data center workloads rather than enterprise. We minimized the CPU to exactly what we required. We took out the QPI links, which reduced costs for Intel and removed the NUMA problem for us, given that all servers would be one-socket-based. We designed for it to be a system-on-a-chip (SOC), which integrates the chipset, thus creating a simpler design. This single-socket CPU also has a lower thermal design power (TDP).

      At the same time, we redesigned our server infrastructure to accommodate double the number of CPUs per rack within the same power infrastructure. Together, we designed a 4 CPU/sled server and 65W CPU that would land squarely in the sweet spot from a performance and power perspective. Facebook is limited by an 11kW rack power budget. We have 30 servers in a rack. At 120W per CPU, this allowed for 60 CPUs, while 65W would allow for 120 CPUs per rack within the same power infrastructure. While the math might look straightforward, it required a significant redesign of Intel's roadmap to develop this new part.

      • Xeon D-1567 (12 core) - this is a guess, based on hints in the articles
    Mono Lake - The Server Embodiment of Xeon D at Facebook. Image courtesy of Facebook.
    Image courtesy of Facebook
    • Lessons And Time Drive Better Microserver Designs
      Mar 12 2015 by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform

      The idea with the Yosemite/Mono Lake combination is simple: Use an SoC with enough oomph to run a selection of Facebook workloads, and pull the networking, power, cooling, and baseboard management control into the enclosure, leaving just compute, memory, and local flash storage on the tiny server node.

      D Is For Density

      There is some chatter out there that the new Xeon D chip was designed by Intel specifically at the behest of Facebook to suit its very specific web serving needs, but Yan Zhao, the hardware engineer at Facebook who was responsible for the Yosemite project, tells The Next Platform that this is not the case. Zhao says that it is more accurate to say that the chip was developed by Intel with input by Facebook – and presumably with input from a bunch of other hyperscale customers who like the microserver concept but have found the performance of the existing SoC chips was not up to snuff for their workloads.




    4 motherboards:

    Gigabyte MB10-DS3 features Xeon D-1541.

    3 1U Rack Servers

    Gigabyte D120-C21 1U 16-bay Storage Rackmount Server




    Moonshot System with HPE ProLiant m510 Server Cartridges

    HPE ProLiant m510 Server Cartridges

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      Technical Specifications
      Compatible operating systems
      Windows Server, Windows, Ubuntu, RHEL, SLES, CentOS, VMware ESXi
      Mellanox Connect-X3 Dual 10 GbE NIC per CPU. Supports RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)

    Data sheet



    ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect

    HPE ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect

    Apparently geared toward education, bundled with subscription cloud services, hindered by only 2 DIMM slots and lack of 10GbE.

    Product Page


    HP ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect, without the new HPE logo on the front. Bottom unit pictured is a SATA drive expansion module.
    • New HPE ProLiant EC200a Xeon D Server for SMB Hybrid Cloud
      Apr 14 2016 by Patrick Kennedy

      We were surprised to see that HPE decided not to take full advantage of the platform and allow a full 4x DIMM slot option. On the other hand, with the 4 core/ 8 thread Intel Xeon D-1518 SoC 128GB of RAM may be an overkill in intended applications. We also noticed that HPE is not utilizing the dual 10GbE MAC (Intel X552/ X557) found on the Intel Xeon D SoC, instead opting for traditional 1GbE NICs.





    Tranquil PC Limited


    While not Hardware Compatibility Guide, sure could be an amazing vSAN cluster!

    Product Page for Cluster Servers


    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Front]
    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Rear]
    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Rear]



    Tyan - No systems, just motherboards. Note: only two models feature 10GbE ports.
    Tyan Product Pages all use this same image, stating "Item pictured is only a representation." all are larger Micro ATX designs, 9.6" squared, featuring 1 PCIe Gen2 x 4 slot, 1 PCIe Gen3 x8 slot.
    • Xeon D in 4, 6, 12, and 16 cores
    • Documents and Downloads links for the various products seem to currently be broken, "Page can't be found"

    Product page for latest generation Xeon D motherboards

    All Xeon D motherboards





    See also related X-ES SecureCOTS™ technology.

    COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) Wiki:

    X-ES XPedite7670


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