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Overcome the limitations of conventional servers for your next edge designs

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High-performance Server-on-Module ecosystem for high-performance edge servers in network, telecom and infrastructure installations


Digital transformation is drastically driving up bandwidth and computing power demands. This is a particular challenge in telecommunications and network infrastructures - wherever data streams originate or converge at the far and/or near edge and must be processed locally, sometimes in real time. Companies wishing to deploy server designs outside the four walls of data centers need high-performance edge server ecosystems to overcome the limitations of conventional servers, and to stay ahead of rapid innovation cycles with the shortest time-to-market.


With our high-performance ecosystem for telecommunications and network infrastructures, you can:

Implement edge server performance easily

Edge servers must be easy to design for the specific demands of the target application to avoid unnecessary costs for features that are not needed. congatec’s highly scalable Server-on-Module ecosystem is ideal for this, providing standardized modules in different performance classes and form factors for creating server designs that precisely match the application requirements. Coordinated cooling solutions and design-in services further optimize the design-in and time-to-market of new edge server solutions.

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Strengthen artificial intelligence at the edge

AI often requires additional computational accelerators such as GPGPUs besides high processing power. Moreover, in many application areas such as surgical robotic or advanced driver assistance systems for autonomous driving, deterministic and reliable AI inference must be executed locally rather than in the cloud. Our technologies enable flexible edge server designs with heterogeneous computing power for highly efficient AI deployment.

Handle more tasks more reliably

Real-time control, IIoT connectivity, and AI inference are some of the tasks edge server installations must handle. When using a real-time hypervisor, it is possible to consolidate critical sub-applications and the associated operating system in a single system without the individual applications influencing each other. This reduces the number of systems to 1, which lowers complexity and increases overall system reliability. Our real-time hypervisor offering from within the congatec Group gives OEMs the further benefit of short, interdisciplinary solution paths.

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Optimize total cost of ownership and sustainability

Edge server installations must always provide latest performance and maximum data and storage bandwidths. This requires regular upgrades. COM HPC and COM Express Server-on-Modules offer a future-proof upgrade path, allowing the performance of existing installations to be increased with a simple module swap - even after years of use, and without changes to the system design. This saves costs and components for upgrades, which increases sustainability besides return on investment (ROI).

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Implement digital transformation securely

Edge servers provide connectivity, data transparency and performance for local applications as well as optimization. These benefits can only be guaranteed by IT/OT security. No digital transformation without security. To avoid creating a potential attack surface for data-at-rest, data-in-transit and data-in-use threats, congatec’s Server-on-Module ecosystem supports key security features. With the RTS Secure Bootloader, even virtualized systems can be effectively secured against execution of unauthorized software.

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Expand application areas

Environmental conditions pay no heed to edge server usage. Resistance to extreme ambient temperatures, shock and vibration, as well as a flexible interface design are a must to realize compact outdoor edge servers for utilities, security and storage, performance switches, or 5G infrastructure installations such as radio access networks (RAN). congatec’s Server-on-Module ecosystem supports the extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C and offers optimally matched active and passive cooling solutions.


Which ecosystem is the right one?

  Intel Xeon D based Server-on-Modules Intel Xeon D based Server-on-Modules Intel Atom based Server-on-Modules
  COM-HPC Server LCC COM-HPC Server HCC  COM Express Type 7
Video surveillance with AI-based object recognition for e.g., wind farms, power lines, traffic routes, and other critical infrastructures +++ +++ ++
5G infrastructure - radio access network (RAN) unit +++ +++ ++
5G infrastructure - distributed unit +++ ++ o
5G infrastructure - central unit +++ + -
5G infrastructure - private microcell +++ +++ ++
Industrial-grade switch and firewall appliance +++ +++ +++
Outdoor grid server for utility and oil & gas industry infrastructure +++ +++ +++
Smart grid load balancing +++ +++ +++
Robotics (e.g. surgery) +++ ++ +
Medical imaging +++ +++ o
Wayside installations for railroads, Car2Car, and Car2X communication ++ ++ ++
Edge server in manufacturing (factory floor) for AI and predictive maintenance +++ +++ +++
Small data centers (mini data centers) +++ ++ +

Legend: +++ optimal solution; ++ very good solution; + good solution; O recommended, if cost and/or performance fit; - Not recommended


congatec's high-performance edge server ecosystem

Facts Features Benefits
Comprehensive Computer-on-Module portfolio x86-based Computer-on-Modules, tailored cooling solutions, accompanying services for design qualification, and individual BIOS and bootloader adaptations Designers get everything they need for highly agile development of powerful edge servers. They can fully concentrate on their core competencies to deliver highest performance to their customers.
Vendor-independent standards  Support of the high-performance PICMG standards COM-HPC and COM Express Broad support from a huge community and multiple vendors increases design security and long-term availability through second-source strategies. Also increases supply chain resilience.
Application-ready super-components Server-on-Modules come as fully developed super-components, implementing CPU, RAM and computer I/Os, and featuring software support packages Server-on-Modules offer designers the best of both worlds: The design efficiency and design security of ready-made modules combined with high customizability. The modular approach enables high scalability and easy upgradability with a simple module change.
Dedicated Server-on-Module ecosystems COM-HPC and COM Express feature increased PCIe and Ethernet bandwidth, remote management capabilities, as well as memory capacity on COM-HPC Server-on-Modules address the extreme performance, interface, bandwidth and memory demands of today’s and upcoming edge servers by design. Active and passive cooling solutions optimized for server-grade power consumption as well as server carrier boards and Ethernet interface technology give engineers a head start for their individual designs.
Most comprehensive COM-HPC offering congatec offers the most comprehensive COM-HPC ecosystem Designers get everything they need in the form they need from one reliable vendor. Suitable and highly scalable modules, tailored and most efficient cooling solutions, corresponding evaluation and application carriers, board support packages, as well as design-in services from definition phase to validation phase.

 


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Whitepapers and Success Stories

COM-HPC Intel Xeon D Solution Brief

Three new computer-on-modules for high performance computing (COM-HPC) products from congatec bring the power of a server from the data center to the edge, including industrial environments and outdoor applications.

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Intel Xeon D processors on COM-HPC Server-on-Modules

The integration of Intel Xeon D processors on COM-HPC Server-on-Modules from manufacturers such as congatec allows edge server installations to break free from the tight thermal constraints of air-conditioned server rooms. 

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