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Dell PowerEdge C6320 Rack Server - System Overview


dell C6320 server front of system with 24 x 2.5-inch drive bays

Dell's PowerEdge C6320 rack server is part of some of the largest computing arrays in the world and has demonstrated exceptional performance in data center applications. It features loads of storage up front and four server sleds in back. Each compute sled supports a maximum of two Intel Xeon processors with up to 22 cores per processor and 16 DIMM slots. With each compute sled outfitted with two processors, that's eight processors total supporting densely packed memory, and up to 24 hard drives, all in a 2U package! Dell says this platform shattered the leading High-Performance Computing (HPC) benchmark by delivering 999 gigaflops on a single server. By this point you may be asking. “What is a gigaflop?” A gigaflop is a unit of computing speed equal to one billion floating point operations per second—and this platform can deliver 999 per second!


Each of the four compute sleds support two of either the Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors with up to 18 cores, or the Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor with 4 to 22 cores each. Powering the server is a choice of up to two PSUs for redundancy, either a 1400W or 1600W hot plug power supply.


There are 16 memory slots on each server sled. Each of the two processors on each sled supports eight memory modules. With all four server nodes outfitted with 16 x 32GB DDR4 memory modules, that adds up to a very impressive 2TB of memory in a 2U space.


Administrators can choose from either a chassis configuration that supports up to 24 x 2.5-inch SAS or SATA SSDs, SAS or SATA HDDs, or nearline SAS, or a chassis that supports 12 x 3.5-inch SATA HDDs. A maximum of 72TB of storage is supported using 12 x 6TB 3.5-inch drives or up to 48TB using nearline SAS drives. Several HD/RAID controllers are available to support the full range of RAID options for data protection and resiliency. Dynamic drive assignment allows Administrators to share storage between the compute sleds, in unequal distributions to meet business needs.


Dell C6320 rack server detail back of system with redundant power supplies

There are two PCIe 3.0 expansion slots on the chassis, a half-height, half-length 1 x16, and a 1 x8 mezzanine slot. The platform also features an embedded 10GbE dual port SFP+. There are a multitude of other network communications options that support 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, infinBand, and Omni-Path options.


On this latest version, several of Dell's management tools have been re-incorporated and include Dell's OpenManage suite of tools and iDRAC8 Express with lifecycle controller for remote management. For more comprehensive management tools, administrators can purchase an upgrade key for iDRAC enterprise.


The Dell C6320 rack server delivers very impressive performance in an easy to manage and highly scalable platform. Administrators can start out with just two processors and one active compute sled, and add more processors and memory to the other three compute sleds as business needs increase. If more capacity is needed, adding more 2U server chassis are a breeze to integrate with the network for additional processing, memory, and storage. This server is an ideal foundation for high-performance computing and has found a home as the basis for many of the most powerful supercomputers. As a hyper-converged platform, the system is all-in-one with storage, processing, memory, power, and networking housed in a single chassis. This system is ideal for use in high-performance computing workloads like scientific simulations, seismic processing, data analytics, and cloud building.

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Dell PowerEdge C6320 Rack Server - Specifications

    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family Up to 4 x 2-socket servers: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 cores per processor
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Novell®
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
    Intel C612 chipset
    16 DIMM slots for up to 512GB per node: 8GB/16GB/32G DDR4 DIMM (up to 2400MT/s)
    Maximum internal storage: 72TB SATA or nearline 48TB SAS
Drive bays/hard drives
    24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" hard drive options
    24 x 2.5" hard drive option with variable drive allocation
    Supports 7.2K, 10K, 15K RPM 2.5"/3.5" SAS
    Supports 7.2K RPM 2.5"/3.5" SATA
    2.5" SATA (7.2K): 250/500GB, 1TB/2TB
    2.5" SAS (7.2K): 1TB/2TB
    2.5" SAS (10K): 600GB/1.2TB
    2.5" SAS (SAS12): 200/400/800GB
    2.5" SATA SSD: 120/160/200/400/800/960/1200/1600/1920/3840GB
    2.5" SAS SSD: 200/400/480/800/960/1600/3840GB
    3.5" SATA (7.2K): 1TB/4TB/6TB
Embedded network connectivity
    Intel 82599ES 10GbE dual-port SFP+
USB ports
    2 external USB 2.0 ports
I/O slots
  • 1 x16 PCIe 3.0 half-height, half-length
  • 1 x8 PCIe 3.0 mezzanine
I/O adapter options

  • Intel Powerville I350 dual-port 1GbE (PCIe adapter)
  • Intel Powerville I350 dual-port 1GbE PCIe (mezzanine)
  • 10GbE/25GbE/40GbE:

  • Intel X540 Dual Port 10GbE 10Base-T (mezzanine and PCIe adapter)
  • Mellanox ConnectX®-3 Pro dual-port 10GbE SFP+ (mezzanine)
  • Chelsio Dual Port T520-CR 10Gb SFP+ (PCIe adapter)
  • Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual port 25Gb DA (PCIe adapter)
  • QLogic FastLinQ QL45212-DE Dual Port 25Gb SFP28 (PCIe adapter)
  • 10GbE/25GbE/40GbE (continued):

  • Broadcom 57404 25Gb SFP28 Dual Port PCIe adapter
  • Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro dual port 40Gb (PCIe adapter)
  • Mellanox ConnectX-4 Dual Port 100GbE (PCIe adapter)
  • InfiniBand:

  • Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI single and dual port FDR/40GbE QSFP+(PCIe adapter)
  • Mellanox ConnectX-3 dual port, VPI FDR (mezzanine)
  • Mellanox ConnectX-4 single and dual port EDR (PCIe adapter)
  • Omni-Path:

  • Intel Omni-path HBA 100 Series Single Port (PCIe adapter)
Drive and RAID controllers
  • Intel C612 chipset SATA: AHCI SATA drives RAID: 0, 1,5,10
  • PERC H330: SATA and SAS drives, x8 PCIe 3,0 RAID: 0, 1,5,10, 50 (optional)
  • PERC H730: SATA and SAS drives, x8 PCIe 3,0 RAID: 0, 1,5,10, 50, 60 (optional)
  • LSI® SAS 2008 Controller 6Gbs: mezzanine (optional)
  • RAID: 0, 1, 10, JBOD (optional)
  • SATA DOM boot device (64GB)
  • SAS SSD boot device (120GB)
Power supplies
    Dual hot-plug redundant high-efficiency 1400W or 1600W power supplies (200–220 VAC, 240VDC)
    Shared cooling with quick-disconnect 4x60mm speed fans
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (with Hyper-V® enabled) VMware® vSphere® ESXi®
    Form factor:
    2U rack mount
    Dimensions and weight:
    H: 8.68 cm (3.42 in)
    W: 44.8 cm (17.6 in)
    D: 79.0 cm (31.1 in)
    Weight (maximum configuration): 41 kg (90.4 lbs)
    Weight (empty): 15.1 kg (33.3 lbs)
    Remote management:

  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle
  • Controller iDRAC8 Express (default)
  • iDRAC8 Enterprise (upgrade option)
  • Systems management:

  • IPMI 2.0 compliant
  • Dell OpenManage Essentials
  • Dell OpenManage

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