Node provider hardware

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What are the Hardware Requirements to be a Node Provider?

Hardware requirements are specified for all nodes that were purchased prior to Genesis - these are 'Gen 1'.
Gen 2 hardware requirements are currently under discussion as they must be approved by the NNS.

Gen 1

Node Type 1 - Dell

1 R6525
1 Chassis - Supports Up to 10 NVMe drives, 12 drives total
1 Dual 1 GB on Motherboard
3 Low Profile PCIe Slots
- 3 Year Basic NBD Support
- iDrac Enterprise
1 Dual port 10GbE Base - T Adapter Broadcom, PCIe Low Profile
10 3.2TB NVMe, Mixed Use, 2.5" with Carrier
16 32GB RDIMM (3200MT/s)
2 AMD 7302 3GHz, 16C/32T, 128M, 155W, 3200
1 Single Power Supply (800W)
1 C13-C14, 3M, 125V 15A Power Cored


Node Type 1 - SuperMicro

1 AS - 1023US - TR4
2 Rome 7302 DP/UP 16C/32T 3.0
16 32GB DDR4-3200 2Rx4 ECC REG DIMM
5 Samsung PM983 3.2TB NVMe PCIE/SATA Hybrid M.2 & 1 PCIE
2 800W Power Supply
1 Std LP 2-port 10G RJ45, Intel x540
5 Micron 5300 PRO 7.4TB, SATA, 2.5', 3D TLC, .6DWPD (with Caddie)
1 C13/C14 13A Power Cord


Node Type 2 - Dell

1 R6515
1 3.5" Chassis with up to 4 Hot-Plug Hard Drives and OS RAID
1 Dual 1 Gb on Motherboard
3 Low Profile PCIe Slots
1 Standard Fan
- 3 Year Basic NBD Support
- iDrac Enterprise
2 Dual Port 10GbE Base - T Adapter Broadcom, PCIe LOw Profile
2 480GB SSD SATA Mix Use 6Gbps 512 2.5in Hot-Plug AG Drive, 3.5in
4 8GB RDIMM, 3200 MT/s, Single Rank
1 AMD EPYC 7232P 3.10GHz, 8C/16T, 64M Cache (120W) DDR4-3200
1 Dual Hot-Plug Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 550W
2 Jumper Cord - C13/C14, .6M, 250V, 13A

Gen 2

Generic specification

Dual Socket AMD EPYC 7313 Milan 16C/32T 3 Ghz, 32K/512K/128M

optionally 7343, 7373, 73F3

16x 32GB RDIMM, 3200MT/s, Dual Rank
5x 6.4TB NVMe Mixed Mode
Dual Port 10G SFP or BASE-T
TPM 2.0


Validated Configurations

DFINITY has validated the following Gen2 hardware configurations.

Validated configuration: Dell

2 AMD EPYC 7343 3.2GHz, 16C/32T, 128M Cache (190W)
16 32GB RDIMM, 3200MT/s, Dual Rank 16Gb BASE x8
5 6.4TB Enterprise NVMe Mixed Use AG Drive U.2 Gen4 with carrier
1 PowerEdge R6525 Motherboard, with 2 x 1Gb Onboard LOM (BCM5720)MLK V2
2 Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1) 1100W, Mixed Mode Titanium
1 Intel X710 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+, OCP NIC 3.0
1 Trusted Platform Module 2.0 V3


Validated configuration: ASUS

2 AMD EPYC 7313 (3,00 GHz, 16-Core, 128 MB)
16 32GB ECC Reg ATP DDR4 3200 RAM
5 6.4 TB NVMe Kioxia SSD 3D-NAND TLC U.3 (Kioxia CM6-V)
1 Asus Mainboard KMPP-D32 Series (without OCP 3.0, without Pike)
2 1600 Watt redundant PSU
1 Broadcom 25 Gigabit P225P SFP28 Dual Port Network Card


Validated configurations: Supermicro & Gigabyte

We're re-running validation on Supermicro and Gigabyte machines which match the spec. This section will be updated when those results are ready.