Infrastructure choices for advanced Data Applications and AI workloads

IT leaders today are challenged with a new KPI – channeling business assets into creating competitive differentiators.  Read the two-part series on how IBM Power Systems is a smart choice to augment your enterprise assets. 

IBM Jun 05th 2018 A-A+

IT leaders today are challenged with a new KPI – channeling business assets into creating competitive differentiators. With some CIOs working with AI to augment their data, many have started building on cloud to meet demand and scale. Read the two-part series on how IBM Power Systems is a smart choice to augment your enterprise assets. 

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in an interview , "Twenty percent of the world's data is searchable. Anybody can get to that 20. But 80 percent of the world's data, which is where I think the real gold is, whether it's decades of underwriting, pricing, customer experience, risk in loans – that is all with clients. You don't want to share it. That is gold." Today, this is proving to be a reality for organisations across the world. In the race to transform digitally, organisations will generate and collect massive amounts of data – some experts predicting an overwhelming 4800% increase in annual data generation. 
This future is not to be mistaken as a challenge, but in fact an opportunity.

Putting data to work

AI and quantum computing are emerging as means to turn data into insight. Although considered to be in its early stages, many incumbent businesses have begun implementing ML models to business processes - evaluating risk, securing assets and finding new ways to engage customers. 
As data is increasingly mined and insights become competitive differentiators, high performance computing will quickly move out of research labs and into server rooms. To cope with data-intensive workloads at scale, businesses would require a range of hardware, software and storage working in conjunction to provide compute power, workload efficiency and ease of management. 
To prepare for this demand and scale to meet a data-intensive future, is the IBM Power9 chip. 
Designed for the “post-CPU-only” era, where chips alone can’t deliver a complete solution, IBM partnered with NVIDIA to build from the ground up, a processor designed for AI and data intensive workloads. POWER9 is the only processor with state-of-the-art I/O subsystem technology, including next generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI.


Choosing IT infrastructure is a crucial decision, and the right choice will position your organisation for success. IBM Power Systems provides an innovative platform designed for cloud and cognitive workloads at a surprisingly attainable cost. It’s like claiming an unfair advantage over your competitors.

“For AI, speed is everything, and the IBM solution far outstrips the competition—nothing else comes close in our opinion. The IBM Power Systems servers provide at least twice the performance of our x86 platform; everything is faster and easier. As a result, we can get new solutions to market very quickly, protecting our edge over the competition.” —Ari Juntunen, CTO, Elinar Oy Ltd.

Partnerships that forward HPC computing for every business.

In 2014, IBM’s innovation in HPC led them to building next-gen supercomputers as part of the US Department of Energy’s Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore, or CORAL program. Once live, CORAL would be the most powerful supercomputer in the world.

IBM has been an active contributor to the OpenPOWER Foundation, an ecosystem to rival x86 and provide true HPC computing for AI workloads. This is a growing consortium which now has about 325 participating members. The POWER architecture provides acceleration capabilities – using NVIDIA GPUs with NVlink technology – big cores and lots of memory. This has attracted many enterprises. Google recently announced their deployment of Power systems into their data center - a big announcement for the OPENPower foundation.

Power9 offers more for less. More memory bandwidth, 4X the number of threads compared to X86, more throughput and unmatched RAS features makes it best in class TCO servers.   
Experience Power9 first-hand through interactive demos, real-life use cases and through technology experts. 

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