IBM and Nvidia team up to launch a new server purpose-built for machine learning

IBM today announced the launch of the aptly-named IBM Power Systems S822LC for High Performance Computing. Its unwieldy name betrays the fact that this is a really interesting product. Together with Nvidia, IBM built this new system specifically for artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics use cases.The new server uses two of IBM’s POWER8 CPUs and four of Nvidia’s Tesla P100 GPU accelerators. What makes this new server so fast for running this kind of software, though, isn’t just the pure processor power from the CPUs and GPUs. IBM is also using Nvidia’s NVLink high-speed interconnect that allows the CPUs and GPUs to communicate significantly faster than over the standard PCIe bus you’ll find in a common desktop computer. IBM’s Power8 CPU features built-in support for the NVLink interface. “This means database…


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