IBM Reveals Power8 Linux Servers Aimed At AI and Big Data Workloads

IBM has revealed three Power8 Linux servers designed to power artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and cognitive computing applications, along with making data centres more efficient. The new trio of servers feature IBM’s Power8 processors, which Big Blue claims allows for five times the data movement speed of any competing platform. The chips are combined with Nvidia’s NVLink technology to connect the IBM processor directly to Nvida’s range of GPUs designed for high performance computing. In the case of IBM’s Power Systems S822LC server, two Power8 processors use NVLink to connect to four of Nvidia’s Tesla P100 GPU, which feature the graphics card giant’s latest Pascal architecture. This setup gives the server the compute power to handle intensive applications that require a large throughput of data, such a cognitive computing…


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