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What is a GPU?

Alex Hudak, Offering Manager for IBM Cloud™, defines a graphic processing unit (GPU) as "the extra brain power that the CPU can't do on its own." Watch as Alex explains the core basics of GPUs for cloud servers, why you would need them and how they are being used.

Where GPUs can help you

Gaming

Whether you develop online games, build game platforms or create gaming innovations, IBM Cloud can help you deliver gaming experiences that perform and engage.

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Financial services

With smart and secure solutions from IBM Cloud, financial institutions of all sizes can operate like nimble startups.

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Scientific research

Scientists, researchers and doctors can solve complex molecular modeling calculations faster and analyze massive amounts of seismic data.

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Healthcare

IBM Cloud helps healthcare innovators thrive in a hybrid, multicloud world. The journey to the cloud is easy with IBM’s robust suite of advanced data, AI tools, and HIPAA and GxP-enabled data sets.

Spectral MD transforms burn care with advanced imaging and machine learning

Diagnosing the severity of burns is hard; even the most experienced doctors frequently make errors. Harnessing the power of GPUs for cloud servers on IBM Cloud bare metal servers, Spectral MD, Inc. increased the speed of its DeepView Wound Imaging System, enabling more accurate diagnoses that drive better outcomes for patients and lower costs for healthcare providers.

Thanks to the computational power of the GPU processors, we can complete in less than one day machine learning tasks that previously would have taken us up to 10 days.

Jeffrey Thatcher, PhD Chief Scientist, Spectral MD

Client success stories

Why IBM for GPUs?

The value of choosing IBM Cloud for your GPU requirements rests within the IBM Cloud enterprise infrastructure, platform and services. You get direct access to one of the most flexible server-selection processes in the industry, seamless integration with your IBM Cloud architecture, APIs and applications, and a globally distributed network of modern data centers at your fingertips.

Virtual server GPU options

NVIDIA Tesla V100

GPU: 1 x Volta V100
Memory: 16 GB HBM2
NVIDIA Tensor Cores: 640
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 5120
Memory bandwidth: 9000 GB/sec

Hourly

Up to 2 GPUs per virtual server
Up to 16 vCPU and 120 GB RAM
AI, deep learning and HPC

Starting at:
USD 3.06/hr.

Monthly

Up to 2 GPUs per virtual server
Up to 16 vCPU and 120 GB RAM
AI, deep learning and HPC

Starting at:
USD 2,233.80/mo.

NVIDIA Tesla P100

GPU: 1 x Pascal GP100
Memory: 16 GB HBM2
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 3584
Memory bandwidth: 720 GB/sec

Hourly

Up to 2 GPUs per virtual server
Up to 16 vCPU and 120 GB RAM
Rapid scale and provisioning

Starting at:
USD 1.95/hr.

Monthly

Up to 2 GPUs per virtual server
Up to 16 Cores and 120 GB RAM
Rapid scale and provisioning

Starting at:
USD 1,279.18/mo.

Bare metal server GPU options

NVIDIA Tesla 16 GB V100

GPU: 1 x Volta GV100
Memory: 16 GB HBM2
NVIDIA Tensor Cores: 640
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 5120
Memory bandwidth: 9000 GB/sec

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2620 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,819/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (2.10 GHz)
16 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2650 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,899/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 (2.20 GHz)
24 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2690 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,989/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v4 (2.60 GHz)
28 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

NVIDIA Tesla 32 GB V100

GPU: 1 x Volta GV100
Memory: 32 GB HBM2
NVIDIA Tensor Cores: 640
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 5120
Memory bandwidth: 9000 GB/sec

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-4110

Starting at:
USD 1,869/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-4110 (2.10 GHz)
16 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-5120

Starting at:
USD 1,949/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-5120 (2.10 GHz)
28 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-6140

Starting at:
USD 2,039/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-6140 v4 (2.10 GHz)
36 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

 NVIDIA Tesla P100 

GPU: 1 x Pascal GP100
Memory: 16 GB HBM2
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 3584
Memory bandwidth: 720 GB/sec

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2620 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,569/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (2.10 GHz)
16 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2650 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,649/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 (2.20 GHz)
24 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2690 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,739/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v4 (2.60 GHz)
28 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

NVIDIA Tesla M60

GPU: 2 x Maxwell GM204
Memory: 16 GB GDDR5
Clock Speed: 2.5 GHz
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 2 x 2048
Memory bandwidth: 2 x 160 GB/sec

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2620 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,569/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 (2.10 GHz)
16 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2650 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,649/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 (2.20 GHz)
24 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2690 v4

Starting at:
USD 1,739/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v4 (2.60 GHz)
28 Cores
64 GB RAM
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

 NVIDIA Tesla K80

GPU: 2 x Kepler GK210
Clock Speed: 2.5 GHz
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 2 x 2496
Memory bandwidth: 2 x 240 GB/sec

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2620 v3

Starting at:
USD 1,359/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 (2.40 GHz)
12 Cores
64 GB RAM
1 TB SATA
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2650 v3

Starting at:
USD 1,439/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 (2.30 GHz)
20 Cores
64 GB RAM
1 TB SATA
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

Monthly

Dual Intel Xeon
E5-2690 v3

Starting at:
USD 1,529/mo.

Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 (2.60 GHz)
24 Cores
64 GB RAM
1 TB SATA
10 Gbps Public and private uplinks
500 GB Public outbound

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