IBM Power S824L servers 20% better than Intel Xeon v3 systems?

IBM today promised that IBM Power S824L servers — built on IBM’s POWER8 processor – are nearly 20 percent better than Intel Xeon v3 Processor-based systems on price / performance.

IBM said: “It introduced a range of systems capable of handling massive amounts of computational data faster at nearly 20 percent better price/performance, than comparable Intel Xeon v3 Processor-based systems – providing clients a superior alternative to closed, commodity-based data center servers.”

IBM Power E880

The enterprise IT vendor is targeting enterprise CIOs who are looking to address Big Data, cloud and mobile demands.

For instance, better computing performance enables banks to better analyze risk, energy companies to precisely locate oil reserves, and scientists to quickly identify cures for diseases, said IBM in a statement.

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 features

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Earlier, Intel said Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family provides up to 50 percent more cores and cache compared to the previous generation processors.

An extension to Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) doubles the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9x higher performance gains.

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product increases virtualization density, allowing support for up to 70 percent more VMs per server compared to the previous generation processors, which helps to reduce data center operational expenses.

Memory bandwidth constrained workloads will gain up to 1.4x higher performance compared to the previous generation7 with the support of next-generation DDR4 memory, said Intel.

IBM Power S824L servers features

The new systems integrate IBM and other OpenPOWER member technologies, including NVIDIA’s GPU accelerator technology for the first time.

IBM Power S824L systems canrun data-intensive tasks on the POWER8 processor while offloading other Big Data workloads to GPU accelerators in parallel and are designed to speed up compute-intensive applications.


IBM will optimize IBM Big Data enterprise applications, including the IBM DB2 database software with BLU Acceleration.

Additionally, IBM is working to optimize Power versions of GPU-accelerated applications for bioinformatics, defense, finance, molecular dynamics, weather modeling – including SOAP3, NAMD, GROMACS, FFTW library, and Quantum Espresso.

Future versions of IBM Power Systems will feature NVIDIA NVLink technology, eliminating the need to transfer data between the CPU and GPUs over the PCI Express interface.

This will enable NVIDIA GPUs to access IBM POWER CPU memory at its full bandwidth, improving performance for numerous enterprise applications. Such systems are expected to be available beginning in 2016.

Rajani Baburajan
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