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Supermicro is an Industry Leader in High Performance Computing

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Supermicro is an IT company based in San Jose, California. The company focuses on High-Performance Computing (HPC) and is an innovator in the manufacture and design of Enterprise, AI, Edge, 5G Technology, and Cloud Computing Systems. Established in 1993, it has been an industry leader producing processors, motherboards, servers, and storage devices. It is a Forbes 1000 company and has operations in over 100 countries. In 2016, Fortune Magazine named it the World’s Fastest-Growing IT Infrastructure Company. Annual revenue for FY2021 was $3.5B.

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Supermicro engineering and manufacturing is US-based. It offers an extensive hardware inventory that ranges from gaming systems to supercomputing to everything in between. Product offerings include but are not limited to servers, storage, rackmounts, processors, blades, node servers for HPC systems, network accessories, motherboards, chassis, workstations, and complete gaming systems. For the small end-user, products are available in the US market through many resellers, including Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, and Micro Center.

The company’s focus is on the design, assembly, and delivery of systems that can meet advanced high-power computational needs. A team of qualified engineers and designers works with end-users to deliver innovative solutions to meet complex data processing needs. Vertical integration from manufacturing hardware components to in-house design, assembly, and systems delivery assures functionality and compatibility. No job is too large, be it Supercomputing, AI, Cloud, 5G, or Enterprise System. Once a system has been designed and assembled, it is thoroughly tested before delivery. Supermicro has a unique quality assurance program to validate system effectiveness and ensure compatibility with all vendors. Deployment is given the “white glove” treatment. Supermicro thoroughly tests all components before shipment. Systems are labeled, cabled, and shipped worldwide in reusable crates. Once assembled on-site, the system is tested again for compatibility and effectiveness according to customer specifications. End-users receive access to extensive documentation, training, and ongoing tech support.

The company boasts many high-profile success stories. It has designed HPC systems for scientific and medical research, major universities, national laboratories, businesses, and retailers. A notable recent success story was the update made to Corona, the supercomputing system used by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). When COVID-19 hit, LLNL received federal government funding through the CARES act to expand its computational abilities to research the virus. The update made Corona an essential tool in COVID research and was instrumental in identifying antibodies to COVID antigen sites. In addition, Corona looked at over 1 billion chemical compounds, searching for possible treatments. The technology update accelerated COVID research. Corona in its expanded capacity is available to global COVID researchers from academia, industry, and government.

Supermicro has also committed to Green Technology through their “We Keep IT Green” Initiative. Their operations and service centers in Silicon Valley and worldwide embrace green technologies. The company is designing user systems that conserve energy. Using resource-saving architecture has the dual advantage of helping the environment while saving users money. The company deploys innovative systems designed to reduce skyrocketing energy costs. By disaggregating servers, the hardware subsystems refresh independently, which results in reduced refresh costs. In addition, Subsystems optimize resource sharing of networks, cooling fans, storage, and power. Supermicro also offers hardware that uses liquid cooling technology. The liquid is more efficient than air at reducing heat. It also saves on the energy needed to run cooling fans. Future high-performance computing will likely exceed air cooling capacity. Liquid cooling is an investment in the future of technology and an investment in the environment.

An industry leader with a proven track record, Supermicro is poised to remain at the forefront of designing and manufacturing high-performance computing solutions.

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