The vastness of Big Data - of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated on the planet every day - provides a challenge for organisations to build powerful technology infrastructures to gain actionable insights from this data. The commodity servers used today by most organisations are built on proprietary processor technology and are increasingly stretched to their limits by workloads related to Big Data, Cloud and mobile demands. In contrast, IBM is designing a new data centric approach to systems that leverages the building blocks of the OpenPOWER Foundation. Formed in late 2013, the OpenPOWER Foundation has grown quickly from 5 founders to 59 members - all working together to leverage the IBM POWER processor's open architecture for broad industry innovation.
"Our open innovation business model and approach to OpenPOWER will disrupt technology providers that offer closed, proprietary solutions produced within the walls of one company", stated Doug Balog, General Manager, Power Systems, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "Today's announcement provides clients with a greater choice to help them gain the fastest, deepest insights to solve their business problems."
The new IBM Power S824L servers are built on IBM's POWER8 processor, the world's first processor optimized for the most demanding Big Data workloads. The new systems tightly integrate IBM and other OpenPOWER member technologies, including NVIDIA's GPU accelerator technology for the first time, to unleash incredible computing performance to help enable banks to better analyze risk, energy companies to more precisely locate oil reserves, and scientists to more quickly identify cures for diseases.
Built on the OpenPOWER stack, the Power S824L systems provide clients the ability to run data-intensive tasks on the POWER8 processor while offloading other compute-intensive Big Data workloads to GPU accelerators which are capable of running millions of data computations in parallel and are designed to significantly speed up compute-intensive applications.
To take advantage of GPU acceleration on Power Systems, IBM will be optimizing IBM Big Data enterprise applications, including the IBM DB2 database software with BLU Acceleration. Additionally, IBM is working to optimize Power versions of widely used GPU-accelerated applications for bioinformatics, defense, finance, molecular dynamics, weather modelling - including SOAP3, NAMD, GROMACS, FFTW library, and Quantum Espresso.
Future versions of IBM Power Systems will feature NVIDIA NVLink technology, eliminating the need to transfer data between the CPU and GPUs over the PCI Express interface. This will enable NVIDIA GPUs to access IBM POWER CPU memory at its full bandwidth, improving performance for numerous enterprise applications. Such systems are expected to be available beginning in 2016.
In addition to the GPU-accelerated Power S824L offering, other additions to IBMs POWER8 processor-based Power Systems portfolio and solutions that complement the lineup include:
With general availability planned for October 31, the new IBM Power systems and solutions come in variety of configurations and service arrangements.
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