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Where Have You Gone, IBM?

The company that built the world’s nos. 2 and 3 most powerful supercomputers is to all appearances backing away from the supercomputer systems business. IBM, whose Summit and Sierra CORAL-1 systems set the global standard for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field. This has been widely discussed within the HPC community for at least the last 18 months. In fact, an industry analyst told us that as long ago as the annual ISC Conference in Frankfurt four years ago, he was shocked when IBM told him the company was no longer interested in the HPC business per se….

IBM Launches 7nm POWER10 CPU

IBM today announced a new IBM POWER10 CPU family, its first 7nm form factor platform, built with Samsung, designed for enterprise hybrid cloud computing with up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than its predecessor, according to the company. According to IBM, POWER10 highlights include: Support for multi-petabyte memory clusters […]

No speed limit on NVIDIA Volta with rise of AI

In this special guest feature, Brad McCredie from IBM writes that launch of Volta GPUs from NVIDIA heralds a new era of AI. “We’re excited about the launch of NVIDIA’s Volta GPU accelerators. Together with the NVIDIA NVLINK “information superhighway” at the core of our IBM Power Systems, it provides what we believe to be the closest thing to an unbounded platform for those working in machine learning and deep learning and those dealing with very large data sets.”

Bright Computing Announces Integration with IBM Power Systems

Today Bright Computing announced that Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 now integrates with IBM Power Systems. “The integration of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with IBM Power Systems has created an important new option for users running complex workloads involving high-performance data analytics,” said Sumit Gupta, VP, HPC, AI & Machine Learning, IBM Cognitive Systems. “Bright Computing’s emphasis on ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters within public, private and hybrid cloud environments speaks to its understanding that while data is becoming more complicated, the management of its workloads must remain accessible to a changing workforce.”