Fujitsu Launches New PRIMEQUEST Series, Boosts Processing Performance by up to 50%

Up to 8 CPUs with 224 cores, as well as support for up to 32 TB of ultra-high-speed NVMe SSDs
Fujitsu today announced the start of worldwide sales for its new mission-critical x86 Fujitsu Server PRIMEQUEST 3000 series, featuring the latest processors from the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family.
The PRIMEQUEST 3000 series adopts the latest processors, with up to 28 cores per CPU and support for up to 8 CPUs (224 cores). Memory capacity has also been expanded to a maximum of 12 TB, and compared to the previous series, processing performance has been increased by up to 50%(1). Moreover, this new series can support up to 32 TB of NVMe SSDs, the latest storage connection standard, leading to an improvement in large-scale database access performance. By reducing the number of components, weight has been reduced by up to about 30% compared to previous models, and the size of the chassis has been reduced from the previous 10U down to a 7U rack unit, while total power consumption remains equal to or below previous models, despite an increase of up to 24% in CPU power consumption.
With these improvements, this new series offers even greater performance than the previous series, while continuing to offer high reliability and usability. Fujitsu will continue to contribute to its customers’ businesses by offering these products, effectively delivering high processing performance for database systems and in-memory computing to respond to corporate data utilization needs, which are gathering momentum with the development of IoT.
Background
As the environment surrounding customer businesses changes, whether it be through increased global competition, cross-industry participation, or the increasing segmentation of market needs, digital transformation holds an important key to the creation of new businesses and further continued growth. There has been a significant increase in momentum for the deployment of ICT infrastructure that can support a wide variety of business areas, not just for corporate mission-critical systems and societal infrastructure, which require high reliability, but also for emergent fields such as IoT, which create added value for business using huge volumes of data.
Since 2005, Fujitsu has offered its mission-critical PRIMEQUEST servers, bringing together industry standard open architecture with the highly reliable, highly usable technology Fujitsu developed in its mainframe business.
Now, with the newly launched PRIMEQUEST 3000 series, Fujitsu delivers strong support for its customers in the optimization of their ICT environments and business by massively increasing performance through a variety of means, including the adoption of the latest processors and NVMe SSDs, the latest storage connection standard, as well as offering increased memory capacity.
PRIMEQUEST 3000 Series

Table 1: The PRIMEQUEST 3000 series

The PRIMEQUEST 3000 series consists of a total of six models across three categories
Features of the PRIMEQUEST 3000 Series
1. Equipped with the latest processors, contributing to accelerated customer operations
This series offers the latest server-focused processors from the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family, and can be configured with up to 8 Intel Xeon Platinum 8180M CPUs (224 cores), which offer the highest level of performance with an operating frequency of 2.5 GHz and 38.5 MB of L3 cache. The PRIMEQUEST 3800E enterprise model, which comes equipped with 8 CPUs, provides up to a 50% improvement in computational performance and up to a 30% improvement in application execution performance, compared to the PRIMEQUEST 2800E3, the previous model.
In addition, because memory capacity can be expanded to a maximum of 12 TB (max. 1.5 TB per CPU), these servers contribute to speeding up customer operations by adjusting memory to suit CPU performance.
Furthermore, with the PRIMEQUEST 3800E enterprise model, this series has achieved world top class performance for an 8 CPU server as of today, reaching first place according to the SPECfp_rate_2006(2) and reaching second place according to SPECint_rate_2006(3) benchmarks, offered by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).
2. Promotes data utilization with ultra-high-speed NVMe SSDs
This series is capable of supporting up to 32 TB of ultra-high-speed SSDs using NVMe, the latest storage connection standard. Using these high-capacity NVMe SSDs as the cache for a database improves access performance for large-scale databases, meeting the data utilization needs of customers, such as the analysis of large volumes of data.
3. Realizes mainframe-class high reliability, high usability technology in a miniaturized chassis
Fujitsu has not only reduced the size of the chassis from the previous 10U to 7U in rack units, it has also enhanced the server with mainframe-class high reliability, high usability technology gained through a highly reliable design with thorough redundancy for hardware components, and highly usable functionality that can autonomously recover the system, if something were to happen, with an included backup system board. The new series has enhanced the recovery performance of the backup system board, with the aim of greatly reducing the time between a problem occurring and recovery.
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