At the recent SC14 conference in New Orleans, Rich Brueckner of insideHPC met up with Gilad Shainer to learn more about the latest InfiniBand technology advancements from Mellanox Technologies and the next generation of GPUDirect.
“The significance of the Coral announcement goes far beyond the specialism of high-performance computing (HPC) into enterprise computing, where the technologies being developed for HPC could transform this much wider and financially more important sector of the economy, according to the members of the winning partnership of IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox. ‘There are game-changing elements to what we are doing,’ Ken King, general manger of OpenPower Alliances at IBM, told Scientific Computing World.”
“According to Big Blue, the new scale-out Power servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment and are built from the ground up to harness Big Data with the new IBM Power8 processor. During the launch event, IBM unveiled a rack full of 2U Power8 servers with up to 100 Terabytes of in-memory analytics capacity.”
“With the marriage of POWER8 and NVIDIA GPUs connected via NVLink, these systems are going to be simply unbeatable when it comes to handling some of the most demanding computing tasks for enterprises and popular consumer Web services. One example: harvesting insights in real time from massive amounts of medical data. Also, IBM is working to accelerate a range of its enterprise data analytics applications with GPUs, allowing customers to take advantage of these high-performance POWER-GPU systems.”
Steve Fields presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “Led by IBM, the OpenPOWER Foundation was created to push Power-based chip designs into hardware products such as servers. The founding members of the OpenPOWER Consortium represent the next generation in data-center innovation. Combining our talents and assets around the POWER architecture can greatly increase the rate of innovation throughout the industry.”