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Nvidia, IBM take on enterprise-scale supercomputing

Posted: 20 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:supercomputers? GPU? enterprise?

IBM has joined forces with Nvidia to develop GPU-accelerated versions of enterprise software applications on IBM Power Systems to enable more rapid analysis, processing and securing of massive volumes of streaming data.

The move marks the first time that GPU accelerator technology will move beyond the realm of supercomputing and into the heart of enterprise-scale data centres. This partnership builds on the August announcement of the OpenPOWER Consortium, in which IBM, Nvidia, Google, Mellanox and Tyan aim to establish an open ecosystem based on IBM's Power architecture.

Battle of high-end processors
Nvidia unveiled its Tesla K40 GPU while Micron announced a non-von Neumann architecture at this week's Supercomputing 2013. Intel's Xeon Phi, which competes with them both, will be an integrated device.

The companies also plan to integrate the joint-processing capabilities of Tesla GPUs with IBM Power processors. The move makes it easier and more efficient for a wider range of companies to employ a style of supercomputing hardware used primarily by the scientific and technical communities for computing tasks like space exploration, decoding the human genome and speeding new products to market.

IBM Power Systems will fully support existing scientific, engineering and visualisation applications developed with the NVIDIA CUDA programming model, allowing supercomputing centres and HPC customers to immediately take advantage of performance advantages. IBM also plans to make its Rational brand of enterprise software development tools available to supercomputing developers.

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