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IBM Launches New Linux, Power8, OpenPower Systems (zdnet.com) 61

An anonymous reader writes:IBM on Thursday rolled out its latest Power8 processor, which is designed to move data faster, and new servers with OpenPower features. For IBM, the OpenPower Foundation community is critical for its Power8 processor. A bevy of companies are in OpenPower, a group that aims to be a counterweight to x86-based servers. With the new systems, IBM is hoping to target more artificial intelligence, analytics, and deep learning workloads. The systems will be lumped into the Power Systems LC family of Linux servers. Big Blue's Power S822LC for High Performance Computing server is the headliner of the group, with the Power8 processor with Nvidia's Tesla P100 Pascal GPUs. The system also has Nvidia's NVLink processor that allows for high-speed bidirectional interconnects. IBM said the combination of IBM and Nvidia technology allows data to flow five times faster than an x86-based system.
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IBM Launches New Linux, Power8, OpenPower Systems

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    SystemD ?

    • I was curious about that as well - would IBM offer a systemd free system? It could have, had they offered something like FreeBSD on this baby
  • They pre-announced POWER9 a couple of weeks ago. So new POWER8 announcements are kind of a let down. Obviously POWER9 must be a ways away, then. You've got to move fast to have any chance of competing with Intel.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

    • This is fairly standard. They usually hit their + or express version at the midpoint between major updates. The timeline for this looks to be very much in line with their previous releases. Three calendar years between major releases with a + version about halfway between.

  • Price? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MachineShedFred ( 621896 ) on Thursday September 08, 2016 @01:15PM (#52849317) Journal

    So that's great that data can flow 5x what an x86 server can do. Does it cost 10x as much? Because if it does, you're likely better off with x86.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The processor on the open market is reasonably priced, at least the 8 core/64 threads version at the lowest frequency/power dissipation.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      So that's great that data can flow 5x what an x86 server can do. Does it cost 10x as much? Because if it does, you're likely better off with x86.

      Because electricity and cooling are both free, right?

      If the one bottleneck on your workload is GPU bandwidth, if it's 5x faster, but only 10x as expensive, it's probably a LOT cheaper to buy and run the one POWER than the five x86s over the lifetime of the servers, assuming the x86 boxes draw about same amount of power as one POWER server.

    • My experience is that 10x as much is a very generous estimate. It is often worse.

    • So that's great that data can flow 5x what an x86 server can do. Does it cost 10x as much? Because if it does, you're likely better off with x86.

      unless space and power consumption are a factor... like in a datacenter.

  • What is New Linux?

    • Some kind of IBM branded distro? Like we need a new linux distro though, ugh. Couldn't they just pick one off the shelf?
    • If it follows the pattern of New Labour and New Coke, it's Win ME.

  • Whenever I hear about IBM these days, the main thought in my head is "age discrimination". More so when the story is about pumping cash into propping up ancient products with minor improvements. It would be nice if they treated old humans with as much respect as old products, eh?

    Details available upon polite request, but it's hard for me to imagine why anyone would be interested in details about IBM these years. Something about cognitive solutions in the cloud? Or has the buzz-phrase changed again?

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