See what IBM Power Systems can do for you at Think 2019

By | 3 minute read | January 7, 2019


The latest IBM Power Systems servers based on IBM POWER9 processors have accelerated the evolution of this robust, flexible and reliable platform. Perhaps your organization has used Power Systems servers for years to support mission-critical workloads, or it is making the move to Power Systems to drive new artificial intelligence (AI) or cloud initiatives. Either way, the latest generation of Power Systems servers helps organizations meet their evolving technical and business requirements.

At Think 2019, February 12 – 15 in San Francisco, California, the Cloud and Infrastructure Campus plans to host numerous expert sessions, interactive demos and hands-on labs that enable you to explore the full portfolio of Power Systems servers. See what the POWER9-based servers can do, and use this great opportunity to augment your Power Systems knowledge. In addition, we’re showcasing so much more at Think 2019. Take a look at this quick preview.

Purpose-built infrastructure optimized for AI and more

The latest generation of Power Systems servers has been purpose-built to handle some of the world’s most demanding workloads, from AI model building and training to data analytics, SAP HANA and Oracle applications. For example, the IBM Power Systems AC922 capitalizes on POWER9 processors and NVIDIA GPUs connected through NVLink technology to help deliver the robust performance required for model development. The AC922 is the same server used as a building block for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer—the world’s fastest.1

Power Systems AC922 provides robust compute resources for the IBM PowerAI Enterprise platform, which also offers popular open source deep learning frameworks and efficient AI development tools. PowerAI Enterprise was created to help speed the processes of building, optimizing and training deep learning neural network models.

At Think 2019, we will host sessions that show how a diverse array of organizations—from NASA to Morgan Stanley—are using purpose-built Power Systems servers to rapidly build AI models and drive innovative AI solutions. We will also explain how these servers can deliver the performance needed for scientific breakthroughs as part of high-performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing clusters.

Agile, flexible cloud deployment models

The latest generation of Power Systems servers can serve as the cornerstone for enterprise cloud strategies, including strategies that include private, public and hybrid clouds. Power Systems servers offer the resiliency and scalability required for running large, enterprise workloads in cloud environments, and they incorporate built-in virtualization capabilities that streamline cloud implementation.

At Think, expect a deeper dive into why cloud and managed service providers trust Power Systems servers for meeting their strict service-level agreements. We will explain how the Power Systems platform helps organizations navigate the potential management complexity of multicloud environments that integrate both Power Systems and x86 servers.

If you’re interested in deploying Power Systems for AI without investing in on-premises infrastructure, we’ll offer a session showcasing the use of Power Systems on the IBM Cloud that helps deliver exceptional performance for deep learning and neural network modeling. With this solution, you can provision PowerAI instances on demand and submit deep learning training jobs from the IBM Cloud portal.

Security offering multilayer protection

POWER9-based Power Systems servers incorporate multiple layers of security capabilities that help safeguard data as you scale and facilitate compliance with strict data regulations. Think sessions on system security will include high-level strategic insights, customer success stories and a detailed discussion on POWER9 security capabilities.

Attend Think 2019 to discover how the Power Systems platform delivers end-to-end security, extending from the processor to the operating system. Also hear how a European municipality used IBM PowerAI along with other solutions on Power Systems to streamline regulatory compliance.

Interactive experiences like no other

In addition to sessions dedicated to Power Systems servers, the Think conference will feature a variety of interactive demos, activations and hands-on labs that showcase the POWER9-based systems. Stop by the Cloud and Infrastructure Campus to chart the next steps on your AI journey, and learn more about the advantages of running SAP HANA workloads on Power Systems servers equipped with POWER9 processors. Then experience the Summit supercomputer activation to discover how accelerated Power Systems servers are being deployed for groundbreaking research.

Register today for Think 2019. The event takes place in San Francisco, California, February 12 – 15, 2019. And please join us for the IBM Systems reception at Infrastructure Village, 7 PM local time on Wednesday, February 13. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

1 New Top500 List topped by DOE supercomputers, insideHPC newsletter, November 2018.