AMAX ClusterMax Apex CPU-intensive, high performance HPC cluster

ClusterMax® Apex

HPC Cluster Solution for CPU-Intensive, Large Scale Deployments

The ClusterMax® Apex Supercomputer Cluster is ideal for large-scale deployments that integrate the latest CPU-based computing technologies and require extreme performance and high-density computing. These clusters incorporate the latest 3rd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Family or  the latest AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors, doubling the compute density 42U standard rack cabinet, compared with traditional rack mounted servers.

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Future Proof System With Massive Scalability For Large Scale Deployments

The ClusterMax® Apex Supercomputer Cluster offers customers performance scalability, industry leading density and maximum efficiency at scale for applications ranging from in-memory databases, to a diverse set of data and compute-intensive HPC applications.

Key Features:

  • High density balanced compute solution for large scale power conscious users.
  • Based on the latest Intel or AMD processor microarchitecture for best in class performance.
  • Integrated web based cluster management for turnkey provisioning and hassle free management.
  • Optimized MPI implementations and pre tuned networking components to get parallel application up and running.
  • Highly scalable, modular architecture with EDR/HDR Infiniband and PCIe Gen 4.0 support



  • Artificial intelligence / deep learning / machine learning
  • Bio-chemical / Biotechnology / Life Sciences
  • Cloud computing
  • Computational grid endpoint
  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE)
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Data mining and stream processing
  • Electronic design automation (EDA)
  • Financial market modeling
  • HPC applications
  • Petro-clusters / oil & gas
  • Server consolidation
  • Scientific research
  • Simulations
  • Visualization / rendering modeling
  • Web hosting

Cluster Specifications

  • Up to 72 nodes with 3nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Family or AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors
  • Great serviceability with hot-pluggable processor nodes and hot-pluggable PSU
  • High speed interconnect with EDR/HDR Infiniband,  Fibre channel, and Ethernet (Gigabit, 10GbE, 40GbE, 25GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE) options
  • Dedicated on-board management port, providing a flexible and secure management environment

Cluster Features

  • Delivers high availability, scalability, flexibility and power efficiency in a dense cluster architecture
  • Improves RAS with hot-swappable and redundant fans, and hard disk drives
  • Addresses today’s natural business growth of mid to large-sized HPC and high-density computing
  • Lowest TCO for support, maintenance and upgradeability
  • Ideal for mid to large data centers scaling up to 1,000 nodes

Complete Cluster Assembly and Set Up Services

  • Fully integrated and pre-packaged turnkey HPC solution, including HPC professional services and support, expert installation and setup of rack-optimized cluster nodes, cabling, rails, and other peripherals
  • Configuration of cluster nodes and the network
  • Installation of applications and client computers to offer a comprehensive solution for your IT needs
  • Rapid deployment
  • Server management options include Standards-based IPMI or AMAX remote server management
  • Seamless standard and custom application integration and cluster installation
  • Cluster management options include a choice of open source software solutions
  • Firmware upgrades & BIOS modification
  • Supports a variety of UPS and PDU configuration and interconnect options, including Infiniband (EDR/HDR),  Fibre channel, and Ethernet (Gigabit, 10GbE, 40GbE, 25GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE)

Rack Level Verification

  • Performance and Benchmark Testing (HPL)
  • ATA rack level stress test
  • Rack Level Serviceability
  • Ease of Deployment Review
  • MPI jobs over IB for HPC
  • GPU stress test using CUDA
  • Cluster management

Large Scale Rack Deployment Review

  • Scalability Process
  • Rack to Rack Connectivity
  • Multi-Cluster Testing
  • Software/Application Load
  • Cluster management

Optional Cluster System Software Installed

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • Bright Computing Cluster Manager
  • SuSE / Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • C-based software development tools, CUDA 10.x Toolkit and SDK, and various libraries for CPU GPU clusters
  ClusterMax® Apex Intel Platform Configuration ClusterMax® Apex AMD Platform Configuration
Total Node Count Up to 72 nodes per 42U cluster Up to 72 nodes per 42U cluster
Processor per Node 2x 3nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors series per node 2x 64-core AMD EPYC™ 7003 Series Processors per node
Memory per Node 16x DDR4 DIMM slots 16x DDR4 DIMM slots
Networking per Node
  • Dual 10GbE ports per node
  • 4X EDR InfiniBand (1 per node)
  • Dual 10GbE ports per node
  • 4X EDR InfiniBand (1 per node)
Management per Node Flexible networking options Flexible networking options
System Enclosure Form Factor 2U 2U
Nodes per enclosure 4 4
Enclosures per rack 18 18
Drive Bays per Node 12x 3.5″ or 24x 2.5” SAS/SATA/SSD/ Drives 24x 2.5″ hot-swappable HDD bays per 2U chassis (6x drives per node), with:

  • Option 1: 6x hot swap U.2 NVMe DDR drive bays
  • Option 2: 6x hot swap 2.5” SATA3/SAS3 drive bays (4 of 6 support NVMe)
  • Option 3: 6x hot swap 2.5” SATA3 drive bays

1x M.2 slot per node

Network Configuration 1U 36 EDR/HDR InfiniBand ports switch & 1U 52-Port 10GBase-T Stackable managed switch 1U 40 HDR InfiniBand ports switch & 1U 52-Port 10GBase-T Stackable managed switch

Software Options

Bright Cluster Manager software automates the process of building and managing modern high-performance Linux clusters, eliminating complexity and enabling flexibility.


NVMesh enables shared NVMe across any network and supports any local or distributed file system. The solution features an intelligent management layer that abstracts underlying hardware with CPU offload, creates logical volumes with redundancy, and provides centralized, intelligent management and monitoring.

QuantaStor’s unique Storage Grid architecture organizations are able to manage multiple clusters across sites as a unified storage platform that’s easily configured and maintained through the web user interface and automated via advanced CLI and REST APIs

Enabling data centers to easily transform themselves into a flexible cloud infrastructure with the performance and reliability needed to run enterprise applications.