Video: IBM Datacentric Servers & OpenPOWER

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In this video from the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe, Yoonho Park from IBM presents: IBM Datacentric Servers & OpenPOWER.

Big data analytics, machine learning and deep learning are among the most rapidly growing workloads in the data center. These workloads have the compute performance requirements of traditional technical computing or high performance computing, coupled with a much larger volume and velocity of data.

Conventional data center architectures have not kept up with the needs for these workloads. To address these new client needs, IBM has adopted an innovative, open business model through its OpenPOWER initiative. This initiative has three elements:

  • Enabling semiconductor partners by licensing IP to develop POWER-based SoCs for the data center. An early example is Suzhou PowerCore’s CP1 processor, the first POWER chip for the China market.
  • Enabling system vendors to build servers with POWER processors to foster innovation at the system level. Tyan has introduced multiple POWER servers to the market.
  • Enabling accelerators and networking devices from NVIDIA, Mellanox, Xilinx and Altera to tightly integrate with POWER processors and directly access system memory using direct interfaces including IBM’s Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) and NVIDIA’s NVLink technology.

Over 145 organizations and individuals have joined this open initiative as members of the OpenPOWER Foundation.

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