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Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and IBM Cloud: The next step in HPC is history repeating itself

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Coming in August 2017, IBM Cloud bare metal servers will serve up Intel Xeon Silver 4110, Intel Xeon Gold 5120, and Intel Xeon 6140 processors—with plenty to offer for high-performance compute workloads, like life sciences, manufacturing, and FSI. This latest monster-chip and monster-computing partnership is poised to reshape (once again) how we choose models that better match utilization needs as demands for more power, more speed, and greater density mature on the daily. Although whispers of “Skylake” have been well-known for quite some time, I’m thinking this week’s latest bulletin to pump out of IBM and Intel newsrooms should finally satisfy some distinct cravings from our power-hungry users.

Stay tuned on IBM and Intel.

Xeon Silver and Gold by the stats

Xeon Silver & Gold Specs

“The launch of Intel Xeon Scalable processors on the IBM Cloud is another milestone in IBM’s commitment to providing access to the latest infrastructure technology so clients can continue to generate greater value from their data,” said John Considine, general manager for IBM Cloud infrastructure services.

And speaking of HPC milestones and a commitment to the latest and greatest…

From the IBM HPC archives


Dr. Herman Hollerith conducted the first practical test of his tabulating system in recording and tabulating vital statistics for the Baltimore (Maryland) Department of Health. He received the first patents for his Electric Tabulating Machine in 1889.


Harlow Bundy incorporated the Bundy Manufacturing Company as the first time recording company in the world. It produced a time clock invented by his brother Willard (a jeweler in Auburn, New York) to record a worker’s arrival and departure time on a paper tape.


The use of C-T-R’s accounting machines began to spread. The accounting product line included the mechanical key punch, the hand-operated gang punch, the vertical sorter, and the tabulator. Customers included railroads, chemical companies, utilities, and life insurance companies.

Intel’s Data Center Group general manager, Navin Shenoy, hit on big growth opportunities for these new Xeons during this week’s official launch: cloud computing, AI, and new 5G wireless networks apps—calling the new Xeon Scalable processor line the “biggest data center advancement in a decade.”

IBM Cloud bare metal servers powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors will be available in IBM Cloud data centers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia first.

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