This week, IBM revealed a series of Linux-based servers that are designed to handle intense workloads and make data centers more efficient. The servers are said to feature a new chip which incorporates innovations from the OpenPOWER community that deliver great computing efficiency.
IBM claims that the servers could make it easier to run workloads for artificial intelligence, deep learning, and big data analytics. According to an IBM press release, the systems deliver on average 80% more performance per dollar than the latest x86-based servers.
According to a press release, Chinese ISP Tencent began testing the new servers and was able to run their workloads up to three times faster even after reducing the total number of servers used by two-thirds.
Doug Balog, General Manager of POWER, IBM Systems said :
The user insights and the business value you can deliver with advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence is increasingly gated by performance.
Accelerated computing that can really drive big data workloads will become foundational in the cognitive era.
The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be among the first to use the new servers.