Why SuperBlade®

SuperBlade® offers many unique advantages that differentiate it from other blade products and other rack-mount solutions.
Benefits include maximum affordability, reduced management costs, lower power consumption, optimal ROI, and high scalability – and in most applications, blade servers can reduce acquisition costs. While current tier-one blade suppliers only offer general-purpose blade servers, the SuperBlade® technology is fully optimized for a wide array of mission-critical and compute-intensive applications.

Power efficiency

A SuperBlade server can save more than 100 watts over a traditional discrete 1U rack-mount server. These savings add up quickly when your SuperBlade chassis is fully populated with 10 servers. By eliminating the overhead in 1U discrete servers and using the high efficiency (up to 93%) power supplies, SuperBlade can save you hundreds of pounds per year in power charges and even more when you add the reduced cooling costs. At the same time, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

DatacenterBlade - 7U enclosure
takes up to 14 slim 30mm blade modules
Xeon DatacenterBlade
SBI-7426T OR T3 module
DatacenterBlade Intel CPU modules
1 or 2 Xeon 5500 CPUs, c/w Intel dual port Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Infiniband Support RAM HDD bays
* SBI-7426T-S3 optional 4 x DDR 96GB DDR3 3x 2.5" SAS2/SATA
* SBI-7426T-T3 optional 4 x DDR 96GB DDR3 3x 2.5" SATA
10 module OfficeBlade enclosure
737mm deep
OfficeBlade - 7U enclosure
takes up to 10 42mm blade modules
SBI-7126T-T1 or T1L module
OfficeBlade Intel CPU modules
1 or 2 Xeon 5500 CPUs, c/w Intel dual port Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Infiniband Support RAM HDD bays
* SBI-7126T-S6 optional 4 x QDR/DDR 96GB DDR3 6x 2.5" SAS2/SATA
* SBI-7126T-T1E optional 4 x QDR/DDR 48GB DDR3 2x 3.5" SATA
* SBI-7126T-T1L - 48GB DDR3 2x 3.5" SATA

AMD Opteron
OfficeBlade AMD Opteron 8000 six & quad core CPU modules
Quad (4) AMD Opteron 8000 CPUs, c/w dual port Gigabit LAN
Infiniband Support RAM HDD bays
* SBA-7141A-T optional 4 x QDR/DDR 128GB DDR2 1 x 2.5" SATA
up to 2 x Opteron 8000 CPUs, c/w Intel dual port Gigabit Ethernet LAN
* SBA-7121M-T1 optional 4 x DDR 64 GB DDR2 2x 3.5" SATA
SBA-7121M-T1 module
SBA-7121M-T1 module

SuperBlade® 7U Enclosures

Space Optimization

Housed within a 19" industry-standard rack, SuperBlade® servers reduce server footprint in the data center. Power, cooling and networking devices are aggregated in the rear of the chassis which optimizes the required amount of space.
Up to 14 blade servers can be installed in a 7U chassis. Compared to the 14U of rack space that 14 1U servers would normally require as individual servers, the SuperBlade provides density savings with 84 servers in a 42U rack.

Cable Reduction

The SuperBlade® server chassis enclosure greatly simplifies the cabling process by aggregating cabling of 14 servers at once. Up to 90% of network, power, and KVM cabling required for ten 1U servers are reduced by moving to blade servers in a single chassis. These cabling reductions continue across networking, SAN connectivity, and management controllers.

Reducing the number of cables speeds up the deployment of servers and helps reduce troubleshooting issues by presenting fewer physical connections to the servers.

Blade 25

Blade middle plane

Blade chassis back
SBE-710E enclosure
showing 4 redundant PSUs

PSU options
2 x 1400W 4 x 1400W
2 x 1620W 4 x 1620W
2 x 2000W 4 x 2000W (OfficeBlade only)

Power Supply & Cooling

One of the biggest benefits of moving to a blade environment is the relocation of power supplies and fans into a single chassis versus an individual set in each server. This greatly helps reduce the power requirements on a per server basis.

Underlining Supermicro's high-efficiency power philosophy into the SuperBlade® server technology, Supermicro engineers have mastered the power supply design challenge to produce high-quality, high-performance solutions with peak efficiency ratings of 90% or higher. Supermicro solutions continue to outperform and outlast the competition and providing the best technology investment available to customers.

Power Supply

Key Advantages of Supermicro High-efficiency Blade Power Supplies

Non-stop power with 3+1 redundant power supply modules
Cost Saving
At 90%+ peak efficiency, power consumption is significantly reduced, providing a planet-friendly, real-world advantage for our environment. Investment Protection
Power capacity headroom for future generation processors
Easy Installation
Snap-in installation from the back of the chassis; hot-swappable in operation Intelligent Power Infrastructure
Each power enclosure includes a power management module that monitors the power supplies and the power enclosure that connects to the blade management.

SuperBlade® Power Supplies


PWS-1K41-BR Power Supply module
Output 1400W (200-240VAC input)
Type Redundant Module (3+1)
+12V 116A (200~240VAC input)
100A (100~140VAC input)
5VSB 16A
Peak Efficiency 90%+
Input AC Range 100~240VAC
Operating Conditions Temp: -5 to 50°C
Humidity: 5 to 95% RH
Fan Type 2 x 90mm fans


PWS-1K62-BR Power Supply module
Output 1620W (200-240VAC input)
Type Redundant Module (3+1)
+12V 132A (200~240VAC input)
100A (100~140VAC input)
5VSB 16A
Peak Efficiency 93%+
Input AC Range 100~240VAC
Operating Conditions Temp: -5 to 50°C
Humidity: 5 to 95% RH
Fan Type 2 x 90mm fans


PWS-2K01-BR Power Supply module
Output 2000W
Type Redundant Module (3+1)
+12V 167A
5VSB 16A
Peak Efficiency 90%+
Input AC Range 200~240VAC
Operating Conditions Temp: -5 to 50°C
Humidity: 5 to 95% RH
Fan Type 4 x 90mm fans
Chassis rear

SuperBlade® Management

1 included with 7U chassis enclosure
The SuperBlade® chassis management module (CMM-001) provides total remote control of individual server blades, power supplies, cooling fans, and networking switches remotely.
System administrators enjoy the management ease and reassurance of continuous onboard instrumentation monitoring (temperature sensors, power status, voltages and fan speed). Remote power control capabilities to reboot and/or reset the server are available as well as remote access to the BIOS configuration and operating system console information vial SOL (Serial over LAN) or embedded KVM capabilities. Because the controller is a separate processor, all monitoring and control functions operate flawlessly regardless of CPU operation or system power-on status.


(Chassis Management Module)

IPMI 2.0 compliant, with KVM over LAN / KVM over IP
Serial over LAN (SOL)
Virtual Media Over LAN (Virtual USB Floppy/CD
LAN Alert-SNMP Trap
Event Log
OS Independent
Hardware Health Monitor
Remote Power Control
Management Tools – IPMIView, CLI
Supports RMCP & RMCP + Protocols
VGA Port, 2x USB Ports
Remote Management Processor & sub-system
1x LAN port, Video ADC, Video Compress FPGA
I2C, IPMI Management





SuperBlade® Networking

1 Gigabit Ethernet modules

SuperBlade® Management

1 Gigabit Ethernet modules

SuperBlade® Management

Infiniband Modules

For simple Layer 2 switching at 1-Gbps
Cost-effective connectivity options.

SBM-GEM-001 1 Gigabit switch module

10 x external 1-Gb/s uplink (RJ45) ports
14 x internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for connection to the SuperBlade®'s LAN interfaces.
Layer 2 switch
2 x internal Ethernet paths to CMM to allow configuration, management & control of the switch and ports through browser-based management interface. Offers advanced features as link aggregation (static), VLAN support & Jumbo Frame support to 9K bytes

SBM-GEM-001 1 Gigabit switch module

SBM-GEM-002 1 Gigabit pass-through

14 x 1-Gb/s external uplink (RJ45) ports
14 x internal 1-Gb/s downlink ports for Superblade module LAN ports
2 x internal Ethernet paths to the CMM management module for viewing module temperature and voltage.

SBM-GEM-002 1 Gigabit pass-through
1 Gigabit pass-through

10-Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module

SBM-XEM-002 non-configurable pass through module. Provides fourteen 10-Gb/s external uplink (SFP+) ports & fourteen internal 10-Gb/s downlink ports for the SuperBlade®'s LAN interfaces. Internal links are provided by the use of a mezzanine card (AOC-IBH-003) with 10-Gigabit Ethernet support capability (see AOC-IBH-003).

Internal Ports 14 x 10-Gbps downlink XAUI ports External uplink Ports 14 x 10-Gbps uplinkSFP+ ports (speed fixed at 10-Gbps - no auto-negotiation) Connections


SBM-GEM-X2C 10 Gigabit switch module

1/10-Gigabit Ethernet layer 2/3 Switch module offers advanced switching features & connection to 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks. Internally it uses 1-Gb/s downlink ports for connection to the SuperBlade® LAN interfaces. Externally it provides up to three 10-Gb/s uplink connections (two with a CX4 connector which are stackable and one SFP+) and two 1Gb/s uplink connections (RJ45). It also has two internal Ethernet paths to the CMM(s) to allow configuration, management, & control of the switch & its ports through a browser-based management interface.

Internal ports:
14 x 1-Gbps downlink ports for LAN interfaces of the server blades
External uplink ports:
3 x 10-Gbps uplink ports (Two CX4, stackable & One SFP+)
2 x 1-Gbps RJ-45 uplink ports

SBM-GEM-X2C 10 Gigabit switch module





Supermicro offers a powerful InfiniBand switch for connecting Blades to 4X DDR (20-Gbps) InfiniBand networks. All SuperBlade® networking options are hot-pluggable. The Ethernet modules can also be configured for redundant or dual load-sharing connections (or both).


The InfiniBand Switch Module) is a switch-based, point-to-point bi-directional serial link system. It provides high-speed interconnectivity among the blade modules and to external InfiiniBand peripherals. The InfiniBand switch supports 4X DDR connections (20-Gbps).

Chipset Mellanox InfiniScale III
Internal Ports 14 x Internal 4x DDR ports
External Uplink Ports Ten 4x DDR copper
(CX4 connectors)
Bandwidth 4x DDR (20-Gbps) non-blocking
architecture 960-Gbps total switch
bandwidth (24-Port)
Latency 160ns port-to-port switch latency
Power Consumption 34W

Infiniband Mezanine HCA cards

For any blade to access the InfiniBand module, it must have an InfiniBand mezzanine HCA card installed The AOC-IBH-002, AOC-IBH-XDD and AOC-IBH-XDS mezzanine cards provide this 20-Gbps connectivity (4x DDR) through the backplane to the InfiniBand switch module. The AOC-IBH-XQS mezzanine card provides this connectivity at the QDR (40Gbps) rate. The AOC-IBH-XDS, AOC-IBH-XDD, and AOC-IBH-XDS can alternatively be used for 10-Gbps Ethernet connectivity when used in concert with the SBM-XEM-002 10-Gbps Pass-through module.

Infiniband Mezanine HCA cards