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Open Datacenter Hardware - Leopard Server

Introduction The Leopard is an OpenRack v1 compliant 12V server commissioned by Facebook to offer compute power. It consists of 2x Intel Xeon E5-2678 v3 and is available with either DDR3 or DDR4 memory. The model is manufactured by two vendors primarily: Quanta and Wiwynn.

Leopard features a 24x PCIe slot which can fit either a PCIe card with low profile, or a riser card with 1x 16x and 1x 8x slots. The server also supports a 3.5" SATA drive as well as either an mSATA or an M.2 drive mounted on the motherboard.

Connectivity wise Leopard has a mezzanine card slot allowing for example 10Gb/s or 25Gb/s Ethernet.

Figure 1 and figure 2 shows the server layout. The server is made to fit inside an OpenRack v1 enclosure, at which point it looks something like figure 3. Due to power constraints an OpenRack v1 can fit 30 of these servers before power starts to become an issue. The Leopard servers that the organization Serverfarm Upstate provides are all fitted with 256GiB DDR3 RAM and 2x …