With its high-performance NVlink connection, the new generation S822LC for HPC server offers a sweet spot of scalability, performance and efficiency for Deep Learning applications. The next generation S822LC systems include the P100 GPUs which were optimized for Deep Learning workloads, NVlink for enhanced peer-to-peer GPU multiprocessing, and CPU-GPU NVlink for enhanced performance and programmability. At the same time, they remain upwardly compatible with earlier systems, accelerating existing Deep Learning frameworks building on the the familiar CUDA and cuDNN libraries. As part of the focus on cognitive application enablement at IBM, the new server will be accompanied with a rich pre optimized and pre-built deep learning software distribution to simplify and accelerate deployment.
Over the past three decades, the Power Architecture has been an important asset in IBM's systems strategy. During the time, Power-based systems powered desktops, technical workstations, embedded devices, game consoles, supercomputers and commercial UNIX servers.
The POWER8 processor is the latest RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) microprocessor from IBM and the first processor supporting the new OpenPOWER software environment. Power8 was designed to deliver unprecedented performance for emerging workloads, such as Business Analytics and Big Data applications, Cloud computing and Scale out Datacenter workloads. It is fabricated using IBM's 22-nm Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology with layers of metal, and it has been designed to significantly improve both single-thread performance and single-core throughput over its predecessor, the POWER7i processor.