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New 8-GPU AI Servers from Lenovo

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Abstract

This article introduces the three new high-performance servers from Lenovo that support eight GPUs with high-speed interconnects: the ThinkSystem SR680a V3, SR685a V3, and SR780a V3 servers.

Change History

Changes in the May 30, 2024 update:

  • Added the links to the 3D Tours for the SR680a V3 and SR685a V3

Introduction

The new Lenovo ThinkSystem SR680a V3, SR685a V3, and SR780a V3 GPU systems deliver massive computational performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI), High-Performance Computing (HPC), and graphical and simulation workloads across various industries. The family of servers supports eight high-performance GPUs, either from AMD or NVIDIA, with planned support for GPUs from Intel.


Figure 1. New Lenovo ThinkSystem servers that have 2 processors and 8 GPUs (left to right): SR680a V3, SR780a V3, and SR685a V3

The SR680a V3 and SR685a V3 servers feature two Intel® Xeon® and two AMD EPYC™ processors, respectively, and are 100% air-cooled servers suitable for most data centers. The SR780a V3 server features two Intel Xeon processors and uses a hybrid water-air cooling system to take advantage of the efficiencies of cooling the CPUs and GPUs using a direct water cooled infrastructure.

We also announced enhancements to our Lenovo AI Services Practice with new offerings such as AI Discover and new Fast Start services. We unveiled services to implement, adopt, and scale Generative AI solutions which customers can easily deploy and manage as a Service with Lenovo TruScale.

ThinkSystem SR680a V3

The ThinkSystem SR680a V3 offers a choice of acceleration platforms featuring NVIDIA H100 or H200 GPUs with planned support for AMD MI300X and other future GPUs. With high-speed interconnects between the GPUs, the system delivers unparalleled computational power for demanding AI and HPC workloads.

  • 8U chassis with 100% air-cooling
  • Two 5th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
  • 8 GPUs with high-speed interconnect, choice of:
    • NVIDIA H100 700W SXM5 GPUs with 80GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU
    • NVIDIA H200 700W SXM5 GPUs with 141GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU
    • AMD MI300X 750W OAM GPUs with 192GB HBM3 memory per GPU (planned)
  • Up to 2TB memory with 32x 64GB RDIMMs
  • PCIe 5.0 x16 interfaces to all GPUs and network adapters
  • Support for high-speed networking up to 400 Gb/s, directly connected to the GPU complex
  • Up to 16x high-speed 2.5” NVMe drives

ThinkSystem SR680a V3
Figure 2. ThinkSystem SR680a V3

For more information see the following resources:

ThinkSystem SR685a V3

The ThinkSystem SR685a V3 is an 8U2S rack server built for demanding AI and HPC workloads. It’s accelerated for intense computing using industry-leading 4th Generation AMD EPYC™ Processors, interconnects with the fastest transfer rate with AMD Infinity Fabric or NVIDIA NVLink, and supports 8x of the latest GPUs. It has the computing power to tackle modeling, training, rendering, financial tech, scientific research, and more.

  • 8U chassis with 100% air-cooling
  • Two 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors
  • 8 GPUs with high-speed interconnect, choice of:
    • AMD MI300X 750W OAM GPUs with 192GB HBM3 memory per GPU
    • NVIDIA H100 700W SXM5 GPUs with 80GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU
    • NVIDIA H200 700W SXM5 GPUs with 141GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU (planned)
  • Up to 2.25TB memory with 32x 96GB RDIMMs
  • PCIe 5.0 x16 interfaces to all GPUs and network adapters
  • Support for high-speed networking up to 400 Gb/s, directly connected to the GPU complex
  • Up to 16x high-speed 2.5” NVMe drives

ThinkSystem SR685a V3
Figure 3. ThinkSystem SR685a V3

For more information see the following resources:

ThinkSystem SR780a V3

The ThinkSystem SR780a V3 harnesses the might of eight NVIDIA H200 Tensor Core GPUs, paired with two 5th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and 32 DDR5 DIMMs. Through Lenovo Neptune™ liquid cooling, this system achieves the extensive computational prowess crucial for handling demanding AI and HPC workloads. Housed in a compact 5U design, it seamlessly fits into a standard 19-inch rack with a water manifold attached at the rear of the rack.

  • 5U chassis with up 80% water-cooling (CPUs & GPUs), 20% air-cooling (other components)
  • Two 5th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
  • 8 GPUs with high-speed interconnect, choice of:
    • NVIDIA H100 700W SXM5 GPUs with 80GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU
    • NVIDIA H200 700W SXM5 GPUs with 141GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU
    • NVIDIA B200 SXM6 GPUs with 175GB HBM3 GPU memory per GPU (planned)
    • AMD MI300X 750W OAM GPUs with 192GB HBM3 memory per GPU (planned)
  • Up to 2TB memory with 32x 64GB RDIMMs
  • PCIe 5.0 x16 interfaces to all GPUs and network adapters
  • Support for high-speed networking up to 400 Gb/s, directly connected to the GPU complex
  • Up to 8x high-speed 2.5” NVMe drives

ThinkSystem SR780a V3
Figure 4. ThinkSystem SR780a V3

For more information see the following resources:

Seller training courses

The following sales training courses are offered for employees and partners (login required). Courses are listed in date order.

  1. FY25Q1 AI Server Update
    2024-06-04 | 15 minutes | Employees and Partners
    Details
    FY25Q1 AI Server Update

    This Quick Hit focuses on the new Lenovo servers that form part of the Lenovo and NVIDIA collaboration to deliver the power of Generative AI to every enterprise using new hybrid AI solutions. There are three Lenovo HG Series servers which are based on the NVIDIA MGX modular reference design, and three Lenovo ThinkSystem servers. All use the latest NVIDIA GPUs to meet the demanding workloads generated by AI processing.

    Published: 2024-06-04
    Length: 15 minutes
    Employee link: Grow@Lenovo
    Partner link: Lenovo Partner Learning
    Course code: SXXW2528r2a
  2. Partner Technical Webinar - GPU Rich Servers and AI Solutions
    2024-05-22 | 60 minutes | Employees and Partners
    Details
    Partner Technical Webinar - GPU Rich Servers and AI Solutions

    In this 60-minute replay, there were two topics. First, Mark Bica, Lenovo Product Management reviewed the 8way GPU servers SR680a and SR685a. Next, Rob Reviere reviewed Solutions for AI Deep Learning including GenAI, LLMs, Computer Vision and Robotics.

    Published: 2024-05-22
    Length: 60 minutes
    Employee link: Grow@Lenovo
    Partner link: Lenovo Partner Learning
    Course code: 051724
  3. 8-GPU Servers Powered by AMD
    2024-04-24 | 5 minutes | Employees and Partners
    Details
    8-GPU Servers Powered by AMD

    This Quick Hit introduces the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR685a V3, an 8U 8-GPU system powered by AMD EPYC processors. The 8-GPU servers are aimed at large HPC and AI environments.
    After completing this Quick Hit, you will be able to:

    - Identify the distinctive features of the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR685a V3
    - Describe the ThinkSystem SR685a V3's suitability for HPC and AI environments.

    Published: 2024-04-24
    Length: 5 minutes
    Employee link: Grow@Lenovo
    Partner link: Lenovo Partner Learning
    Course code: SXXW1216r7a
  4. 8-GPU Servers powered by Intel
    2024-04-23 | 5 minutes | Employees and Partners
    Details
    8-GPU Servers powered by Intel

    This Quick Hit introduces the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR680a V3, an 8U 8-GPU system powered by Intel Xeon processors. The 8-GPU servers are aimed at large HPC and AI environments.

    Published: 2024-04-23
    Length: 5 minutes
    Employee link: Grow@Lenovo
    Partner link: Lenovo Partner Learning
    Course code: SXXW1204r12a
  5. FY24Q4 AI Update
    2024-03-19 | 10 minutes | Employees and Partners
    Details
    FY24Q4 AI Update

    This Quick Hit covers the Lenovo and NVIDIA collaboration to deliver the power of Generative AI to every enterprise using new hybrid AI solutions. These solutions include new servers and new services for CSPs and enterprise customers. There are three Lenovo HG Series servers which are based on the NVIDIA MGX modular reference design, and two Lenovo ThinkSystem servers. All use the latest NVIDIA GPUs to meet the demanding workloads generated by AI processing.

    Published: 2024-03-19
    Length: 10 minutes
    Employee link: Grow@Lenovo
    Partner link: Lenovo Partner Learning
    Course code: SXXW2528a

For more information

For more information about these servers, contact your Lenovo sales representative or use the Contact Us button on one of the product web pages listed above. Preorders for the SR680a V3 and SR685a V3 are planned in March with general orders planned to open towards the end April. Orders for the SR780a V3 are planned for later in 2024.

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