Posts Tagged ‘S2912-E’

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Tyan: New Istanbul BIOS Released

June 16, 2009

Tyan joins the AMD 6-core release cycle with “Istanbul-enabled” BIOS releases six 2P motherboards (and related systems). We here from a reliable source that the Tyan “twin” system (B2985, 2-node, 1U) BIOS is in “alpha” testing and will be released “soon.” Here’s what’s available now:

Dual-Opteron Motherboards (2000-series)

S2912-E, S2915-E, S2927, S2927-E, S2932, S2932-E

Notes

These BIOS releases were only available from Tyan’s FTP site (ftp.tyan.com, anonymous access) until now. As of 6/17/2009 you will find them on the BIOS helper from the product web page.

Also, we were surprised to find that the AGESA for the S4985 series (quad-socket) motherboards are still version 3.3.0.3 and are likely not Istanbul-ready. We do not have the S4985 in our testing lab to confirm of deny this, but we have been told by AMD that 3.5.0.0 is the minimum Istanbul supported AGESA.

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Tyan Announces Support for Enhanced Opteron

April 28, 2009

Remember our “reveal” of the Tyan S2935-SI back in January as a potential HT3-capable replacement for the GT28 dual-node systems? Well, it’s still not ready, but Tyan has announced 18 motherboard and system updates that “support the enhanced Opteron with HT-3 technology” that are shipping now.

“TYAN has launched 9 new motherboards that support the AMD HyperTransport 3.0 technology that targets various appliances. For scalable and flexible 2-way motherboard solutions, TYAN’s S2912-E, S2915-E, S2927-E, S2932-SI, S2937 and S3992-E are perfect platforms to meet current and future IT server and workstation requirements. TYAN’s S4985-SI, S4989-SI and S4992 motherboards are 4-way solutions that are exceptionally proficient in high density and high performance IT infrastructures.”

We’ve included the table of motherboard and barebones systems affected by the update. Those in blue italics are also part of Tyan’s VMware Ready Certified platform. While these platforms have been user HCL for some time, the elevation to “Certified” status is recognition of the reliability and performance these systems have rendered over the years. It is good news indeed to see their value extended with motherboard and barebones refreshes.

Motherboard

4 sockets

S4985-SI, S4989-SI, S4992

2 sockets

S2912-E, S2915-E, S2927-E, S2937, S3992-E.

Barebone

8 sockets

VX50-B4985-SI-8P

4 sockets

FT48-B4985-SI, TN68-B4989-SI, TN68-B4989-SI-LE

2 sockets

TA26-B3992-E, TA26-B2932-SI, GT24-B3992-E,
GT24-B2932-SI
,
GT24-B2912-E

These systems, which SOLORI has been recommending for low-cost VMware Eco-systems for some time, are part of Tyan’s aggressive VMware strategy:

“As a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, TYAN is aggressively utilizing VMware virtualization software technology in TYAN hardware platforms. The nine servers that have recently passed VMware Ready certification for VMware ESX 3.5 and VMware ESX 3.5i include TA26-B2932-E, TA26-B3992-E, TA26-B5397, TX46-B4985-E, VX50-B4985-8P-E, S4985-E, S3992-E, S5397 and S2932-E. VMware System Builder program members can claim equivalency for these systems via the VMware System Builder site at http://www.vmware.com/partners/vip/system-builders/

Most of these systems offer 16-socket+ DIMM configurations (8-DIMM/CPU) enabling up to 64GB/CPU with DDR3/533 support. In order to run DDR2/800 memory, only half of the available slots can be filled (4-DIMM/CPU) allowing for 16GB/CPU of DDR2/800 (4x4GB REG ECC DDR2/800, about 2GB/second increase in bandwidth over DDR2/533 according to benchmarks).