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Hardware requirements for Intel Xeon Gold 6138p

We have plans regarding FPGA on Skylake CPU.

What are the hardware requirements for Intel Intel Xeon Gold 6138p ?

I could not find it neither in intel server configurator, neither it gave me any compatible motherboards from intel. Only chipset C621

 

We have servers with Intel S2600WFT motherboards. Is it compatible with it ?

 

Also is it true it is possible only in dual socket configurations ?

Thank You

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On this link, under compatible products, I do not see the 6138p listed:

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/89015/intel-server-board-s2600wft.html

 

However, the 6138, 6138F, and 6138T are listed as compatible.

 

I did find this link which may help you: https://serverconfigurator.intel.com/exodus/page?eventType=11&targetPageId=120113906&defaultFlag=1

 

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I've looked at it. Sadly no help.

Currently 6138P is the only processor in Intel's lineup with integrated FPGA.

According to datasheet specifically this processor has unique power requirements.

Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 08.35.55.jpg

So which intel server chassis PSU's are compatible with this specification ?

 

 

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Hello LSlep,

 

We are going to check with our upper-level of support and will get back to you.

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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Hello LSlep,

 

The Intel Xeon Gold 6138p processors do not show as compatible with Intel Server Boards and Intel Server Systems as they are meant to be integrated by certain OEMs, due to the exclusive Arria 10 FPGA, which is not a common feature for common processor use.

 

Additionally, the The "P" suffix on the Xeon Gold 6138P processor denotes this SKU is a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)

 

This particular processor and all Xeon Scalable with the P suffix indicate that they include an Arria 10 FPGA integrated on it.

 

While the 6138 without the P does not contain this add on feature.

 

Finally, you can check the list of compatible Intel(R) processors with the Intel® Server Board S2600WFT here:

 

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/89015/intel-server-board-s2600wft.html

 

In case you need more assistance or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us back.

 

Regards.

 

Sergio S.

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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Hello LSlep,

 

I am following your question and would like to know if you need more assistance.

 

Regards.

 

Sergio S.

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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Hello LSlep,

 

Feel free to contact us back in case you need more assistance.

 

Regards.

 

Sergio S.

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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Could You please clarify why our Intel S2600WFT, S2600WFQ and other S2600WF server boards has options for enabling and disabling FPGA on each socket ?

For which processors is this option ?

As far as i know there are no other Xeon skylake processors with integrated FPGA other than 6138P.

I also doubt that intel would produce processor and not have matching motherboard.

Please clarify ant thank You for support.

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Here's the screenshot froms 2600WF Bios manual.Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 22.31.27.jpg

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Hello LSlep,

 

Those BIOS options are by design from our engineering department, in case we release a processor that support these features in the future on these server boards.

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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I see. Then it makes sense.

I've read in processor description thatit it is compatible with C621 chipset tha almost every intel server board has.

Seems like it's just a matter of time then 🙂 Is it on the roadmap ? Or if not, maybe You could provide list motherboard that supports it or at least vendors.

Currently our datacenter uses mainly Intel chassis and board and we would like to keep it this way.

 

We're curious to try it out with open virtual switch.

Is there a BIOS version that would enable this processor on intel board at least for testing purposes ?

 

Thank You for Your support.

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Hello LSlep,

 

Currently, there are no Intel(R) server boards compatible with Intel® Xeon® Gold 6138p processor, this is because this processor is meant for OEM systems.

 

There is information about this processor here: https://itpeernetwork.intel.com/intel-processors-fpga-better-together/

In the article, it notes we released only to selected customers. So we wouldn't offer an Intel server board.

 

Finally, in regards to the BIOS version, we currently do not have or planning to release to have a version that will enable this processor.

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

For firmware updates and troubleshooting tips, visit :https://intel.com/support/serverbios

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What about Intel server board S2600BT codename Blue Mountain Pass ?

Don't ask how i know those work with 6138P

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Hello LSlep,

 

Are you referring to the Intel® Server Board S2600STB? If so, the  Intel® Xeon® Gold 6138p processor is not compatible, you can confirm this information here:

 

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/124477/intel-server-board-s2600stb.html

 

If you have tested with another Intel(R) Serverboard, please provide us the full model.

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

 

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The model i've seen was S2600BT for sure. Could be prototype by intel. Codename "blue mountain pass".

Also on internet i found presentation with roadmap and reference to "blue mountain pass" S2600BL.

I don't know if those are generally available or still on the road map?

 

Screen Shot 2019-08-03 at 10.20.35.jpg

 

 

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Also there are multiple references to this motherboard in the same firmware other s2600wf motherboards are using:

 

Release Notes BMC 1.74ee39402a.txt: 2103623437 - [S2600BT] PSU redundancy lost event Not showed after remove power supply cable Release Notes BMC 1.74ee39402a.txt: 2103623344 - [S2600BT] EWS help page show 404 about ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103623223 - [S2600BT] No "start" and "completed" in FW update event description ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103623309 - [S2600BT] SDR parse failed after press "Parse" button in EWS SDR configuration page. ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103623344 - [S2600BT] EWS help page show 404 about Virtual Media over HTML5 ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 1505567118 - [S2600BT]SSL/TLS use of weak RC4 cipher ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 1505573379 - [S2600BT]Birthday attacks against TLS ciphers with 64bit block size vulnerability (Sweet32) ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620859 - [S2600BT] Media will be unmounted after boot into OS ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103622022 - [S2600BT] Event log page can't be read via IE browser ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103622186 - [S2600BT] BMC can't stuck in Safe mode after execute 4 times BMC watchdog ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103622241 - [S2600BT] HTTPS Port can't login from other values after HTTPS Port modify 8443 ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103622260 - [S2600BT] Enable Remote Debug function command response incorrect via BMC Shared LAN IP ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621847 - [S2600BT] EWS some information will be abnormal via IE browser ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620331 - [S2600BT]profile can't be shifted by the riser number ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103622022 - [S2600BT] Event log page can't be read via IE browser ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621764 - [S2600BT] Network configuration will be abnormal on EWS after stress VLAN ID test ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620859 - [S2600BT] Media will be unmounted after boot into OS ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621667 - [S2600BT] The login screen of EWS page shown abnormal with OEM customized image ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621528 - [S2600BT] The login screen of EWS page shown abnormal ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620331 - [S2600BT]profile can't be shifted by the riser number ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621677 - [S2600BT] Setting IPv4 Network is abnormal via EWS ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621719 - [S2600BT] Alert Mail delivery failed via EWS settings ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621462 - [S2600BT] The SEL description is incorrect when trigger the FPGA CATERR. ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621597 - [S2600BT] The SEL doesn't "Power off/down" event logged after DC Cycle. ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621661 - [S2600BT] There are no thermal trip/IERR deasserted events logged on SEL ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621502 - [S2600BT] EWS will be forced to logout when click Clear Event Log. ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621528 - [S2600BT] The login screen of EWS page shown abnormal ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621381 - [S2600BT] There are two OEM Sensors in EWS sensor type category ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103621464 - [S2600BT] EWS will be forced to logout when use Operator and User privilege ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620851 - [S2600BT] Failed to update configuration of NM by EWS. ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620512 - [S2600BT] The Power Control shows incorrect in the KVM menu bar ReleaseNotes_BMC_1.90.0cf6e935.txt: 2103620737 - [S2600BT] The being setting NM policy of ReleaseNotes_R00.01.0015.txt:HSD-ES: 2103619487,[S2600BT] System boot no hotkey string displayed on POST diagnostic screen with change System Boot Timeout value to 30 and unplug the proper markerfile (payloadsig.txt) USB Key devices.

I had to delete about 200 lines referencing to it.

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Hello  LSlep,

 

For engineering sample units or OEM we do not guarantee compatibility since these units include more features than production servers for customer pre-production evaluation and test purposes.

 

Also as we mentioned before the Intel Xeon Gold 6138p processors do not show as compatible with Intel Server Boards and Intel Server Systems as they are meant to be integrated by certain OEMs, due to the exclusive Arria 10 FPGA

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

For firmware updates and troubleshooting tips, visit :https://intel.com/support/serverbios

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Testing is exactly our case.

How to acquire those engineering samples ?

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Hello LSlep,

 

I will send you an email requesting some additional information.

 

Best regards,

 

Sergio S.

 

Intel Customer Support Technician

Under Contract to Intel Corporation

For firmware updates and troubleshooting tips, visit :https://intel.com/support/serverbios

 

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