IBM Stands One-On-One with x86 in HPC; Unveils Linux Power Servers

By CIOReview | Monday, October 12, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: IBM is all charged up with its latest launch of three new open Linux-based, open architecture power servers. This project displays IBM’s intention to conquer the market currently favoring enterprise choice of x86 servers with its usability spreading across high performance computing, big data, and cloud.

Even though the software compatibility holds the foremost importance, the market is still open for IBM, whose datacenter customers are enthusiastic enough to adopt new platforms, provided there are cost savings and performance oriented benefits.  

The server named as Power Systems LC is primarily based on technologies and development initiatives from OpenPOWER Foundation, and will be loosely used for enticing organizations to switch to open architecture. The technology uses an open and collaborative approach designed to accelerate innovation across client’s enterprise platform irrespective of their current infrastructures.

This high performance server lines comes in three different categories that includes the Power Systems S812LC is a 1-socket 2U system, featuring up to 10 cores, 1 terabyte of memory, 115 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth, and up to 14 disk drives. The server was designed to meet the need for workloads around memory and storage intensive, including Spark, Hadoop, and Big Data.

 Then comes the Power Systems S822LC for commercial computing, which is a 2-socket 2U system that includes up to 20 cores, 1 terabyte of memory, and 230GB/second memory bandwidth. Last but surely not the least, the S822LC HPC server that sports two integrated Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, that delivering more than two times the performance per core with 40 percent improved price value.

Additionally, IBM adopts and promotes cognitive systems and it also offers enterprises the option of buying and selling systems through business partner, just by a simple click of the button on its website.