Refreshed IBM Power Linux Systems Add NVLink

September 8, 2016 Timothy Prickett Morgan The very first systems that allow for GPUs to be hooked directly to CPUs using Nvidia’s NVLink high-speed interconnect are coming to market now that Big Blue is updating its Power Systems LC line of Linux-based systems with the help of hardware partners in the OpenPower Foundation collective. Interestingly, the advent of the Power Systems S822LC for HPC system, code-named “Minsky” inside of IBM because human beings like real names even if marketeers are not allowed to, gives the DGX-1 machine crafted by Nvidia for deep learning workloads some competition. Right now, these systems are the only two machines on the market that can get “Pascal” GP100 GPUs in the SMX2 form factor and sporting NVLink ports to provide high bandwidth links between the…


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