IBM speeds up Power processor architecture with Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs

IBM HAS delivered some significant improvements to its collaborative OpenPower initiative along with its partners, including new technologies that the company said will enable faster and deeper data analysis. The new offerings bring integration of IBM’s open and licensable Power processors with accelerators and dedicated high-performance processors that can be optimised for computationally intensive software code. The update also provides collaborations and further investments in accelerator-based tools on top of the Power processor architecture. This includes incorporating Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs to accelerate Watson’s Retrieve and Rank API capabilities to 1.7 times normal speed. “This speed-up can further improve the cost/performance of Watson’s cloud-based services. For example, a call centre agent responding to an individual’s health and insurance query can leverage Watson’s natural language processing technology to obtain an answer…


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