IBM explains why Google and US supercomputers tap POWER9 server

IBM announced its latest Power Systems Servers featuring the new POWER9 processor targeting compute-intensive AI workloads.IBM India POWER9 server
IBM India said in a statement that POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x allowing enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.

The new POWER9-based AC922 Power Systems are the first to embed PCI-Express 4.0, next-generation NVIDIA NVLink and OpenCAPI, which combined can accelerate data movement, calculated at 9.5x faster than PCI-E 3.0 based x86 systems.

Enterprises and CIOs can use to achieve improve performance improvements across popular AI frameworks such as Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe, as well as accelerated databases such as Kinetica.

Data scientists can build applications faster, ranging from deep learning insights in scientific research, real-time fraud detection and credit risk analysis.

IBM said POWER9 will be powering the U.S. Department of Energy’s Summit and Sierra supercomputers, data-intensive supercomputers in the world. Google will be yet another client of POWER9.

“The P9 architecture aims to transform computing across every industry and profession, turning client data into faster insights where inferences can be drawn quicker and faster to market,” said Viswanath Ramaswamy, director – Systems, India/South Asia.