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Clash of the heavyweights: battle lines drawn between IBM and Intel processors

Building high performance computer systems is all about finding and removing bottlenecks. Unfortunately, this is a never ending game. As fast as you identify and deal with one bottleneck, another appears. For a while, the problem was the raw performance of the four key elements in a computer system; processor, memory, network and storage. Over…

Talos II breaks cover with first Power9 machine

Raptor Computing Systems has announced the Talos II POWER9-based computer. It is the first computer based on the IBM POWER9 processor to be available for pre order. With IBM yet to announce the release date for the POWER9 this is a bold move by Raptor. This is not Raptor’s first Power Systems solution. In December they tried…

Crowdsourcing a POWER8 motherboard

Using crowdsourcing to fund projects has become popular. Everyone from music bands to board games developers, watch designers to drone projects are using the approach. The idea is to get people to contribute different sums of money to fund a project from conception to production. On the whole the process works well with the majority…

NVIDIA accelerates IBM POWER8 past Intel

At Supercomputer 16 (SC16) IBM and NVIDIA have announced what they call the fastest deep learning enterprise solution. The system is based on IBM Power System S822LC platforms that were announced in September. These systems contain the latest version of the IBM POWER8 processor that has NVIDIA NVLink embedded in it. IBM has also released…

OpenPOWER powers European science

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced a number of customer wins in the European scientific and HPC space. The announcement comes as the first OpenPOWER European Summit kicks off in Barcelona. It has also announced the formation of the Physical Science Work Group to help it develop new solutions for this market. The announcements come on…

AMD and Alibaba take the GPU into the cloud

AMD and Alibaba Cloud are to collaborate on new servers that would use the AMD Radeon Pro GPUs. The servers will being used in  Alibaba’s cloud data centres to support high performance computing (HPC). In the press release AMD also talks about support for new cloud services but doesn’t say what they could be. The announcement…

OpenPOWER continues to power forward

At the OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose the OpenPOWER Foundation has announced more than 50 new products. While most are based on the POWER8 processor there were also announcements around the POWER9 which many have been waiting for. With just 30 existing OpenPOWER-based solutions already shipping, these announcements show a significant take-up of the platform.…

Will AMD Polaris spark GPU revival?

AMD has unveiled the AMD Polaris GPU architecture at CES 2016 as it looks to turn around its fortunes in the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) market. What makes the announcement interesting is that AMD will be using 14nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. While FinFET is not a ‘new’ technology it does hold significant…

OpenPOWER focuses on performance

The OpenPOWER Foundation and IBM have announced a number of new initiatives to improve performance and drive the adoption of IBM Power-based systems into the market. There are two key focus points here. The first is to deepen the collaboration between IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation members and bring more technology into IBMs POWER-based systems.…

Accelerating data centre applications 

Xilinx and IBM have announced they are to deepen their collaboration beyond work in the OpenPOWER Foundation. This is a multi-year deal focused on Xilinx Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-enabled workload acceleration and IBM POWER-based systems. The length of the deal means that Xilinx are going to be tightly integrated with more than IBM POWER8…