IBM Power9 technology-based servers receive support from Rocket Software packages with GPU Operator libraries

IBM Latin America Software Announcement LP23-0270
May 9, 2023

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Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberRegional availabilityRegional availability

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IBM® Power® technology-based systems are designed to run AI workloads, and this requires the right libraries built for use by Power. Most of the libraries are open source, so getting the latest level builds and right support is crucial to ensure the successful deployment of Power AI applications.

For clients using Power9 machines with GPUs and Red Hat® OCP kubernetes environment, there is a need of a code library to allow the application running in container to see and use the GPUs available on the system: GPU Operator software from RocketCE channel.

To provide technical support to our clients, IBM has partnered with Rocket Software to offer GPU Operator Power9® libraries Support (5639-GPU, 5639-GP2, and 5639-GP3) on selected IBM Power9 machines.

This support offering is priced per system to make it easy to order and consume.

Benefits of GPU Operator on Power9 Support include:

  • One, two, or three-year support agreement beginning at order delivery through the RocketCE website
  • Technical support for binaries
  • Defect support for binaries

GPU Operator library information

The GPU Operator specifically enables you to leverage the GPUs in a Red Hat OpenShift® Container Platform (OCP) for Power9 machines with NVIDIA GPUs, such as the IBM Power AC922 and IBM Power IC922 servers. The GPU Operator uses the operator framework within Red Hat OCP (Kubernetes) to automate the management of all NVIDIA software components needed to provision the GPU. Its components include NVIDIA drivers to enable CUDA, a Kubernetes device plugin for GPUs, NVIDIA Container Runtime, automatic node labeling, NVIDIA Data Center GPU Manager (DCGM)-based monitoring, and more.

The GPU Operator files are also located on the RocketCE channel on Anaconda.

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Key requirements

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GPU Operator:

  • Power AC922 or Power IC922 servers with GPUs
  • OpenShift command-line interface (CLI)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 8.4, or later
  • Requisite third-party software from NVIDIA (long-term support)

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Planned availability date

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May 12, 2023

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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Rocket Software provides a combination of free and paid support---this offering is for paid support, which includes:

  • Access to general installation and use postings
  • Opportunity to leverage experience of other users
  • Early access to new versions, releases, modifications, and bug and security fixes
  • Support access through the Rocket Customer Portal
  • Access to Chat, as well as Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM phone support; proactive alerts; tech notes; and how-to webinars
  • Support for additional builds of relevant components on a best-effort basis
  • No support tiers---all clients receiving paid maintenance services get the same level of support

Support is provided from the Rocket Software Community Forum website.

Program delivery

When you order GPU Operator on Power9 Support, you get a PDF with all the details to ensure your technical team can get support from Rocket. Rocket is informed of the order and order number automatically to ensure quick entitlement. Registering on the Rocket support website implies agreement with the Rocket Software support agreement.

Important: This support is not provided by IBM Technology Lifecycle Services (TLS).

Downloading the software implies an agreement with the Rocket Software user license agreement.

The support agreement is valid for 12 months starting on the delivery date. This support is for one year, and you can renew it either by reordering the same PIDs from IBM or by ordering the renewal from Rocket Software directly.


Information concerning GPU Operator on Power9 Support was obtained from Rocket Software. Questions concerning GPU Operator should be directed to Rocket Software, as GPU Operator is not IBM product. GPU Operator on Power9 Support is licensed to users under Rocket Software terms and conditions. Availability and support are the responsibility of Rocket Software. IBM is not liable and makes no warranties, express or implied, regarding GPU Operator, including but not limited to any implied warranties or condition of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

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Reference information

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Publications for GPU Operator is available on the Rocket Software website.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5639-GPU 1.1.0 GPU Operator on Power9 Support 1 year
5639-GP2 1.1.0 GPU Operator on Power9 Support 2 year
5639-GP3 1.1.0 GPU Operator on Power9 Support 3 year
Program number Maintenance 1-year Program number Maintenance 3-year Program number
5639-GPU N/A N/A
5639-GP2 N/A N/A
5639-GP3 N/A N/A

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

GPU Operator on Power9 Support

GPU Operator is supported on all Power9 technology-based servers with GPUs.

Hardware configuration:

IBM and Rocket Software recommend the Power AC922 (8335-GTH) or Power IC922 (9183-22X) servers for OpenCE. See the following table for the minimum Power9 hardware configuration with GPUs:

Hardware element Minimum configuration
Server model Power AC922 (8335-GTH) or Power IC922 (9183-22X)
Processors, cores 2 x 16 cores
Memory 256 GB
Storage One 960 GB SSD + one 960 GB SSD redundancy
Network One 10 GbE adapter

Software requirements

GPU Operator:

  • OpenShift CLI
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, or later
  • Red Hat OCP (OpenShift, Kubernetes implementation)
  • GPU Operator software from RocketCE channel
  • Requisite third-party software from NVIDIA (long-term support)
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Planning information


Not applicable

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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

IBM Configurator for e-business (e-config)

GPU Operator on Power9 Support 1.0.0 introduces the following feature numbers:

PID Number Description OTC Feature number
5639-GPU 1 Year SW S&S Per Server Qty 1 MELXQE

PID Number Description Supply feature number
5639-GPU Product Registration Card 5809

PID Number Description OTC Feature number
5639-GP2 2 Year SW S&S Per Server Qty 1 MELYSB

PID Number Description Supply Feature number
5639-GP2 Product Registration Card 5809

PID Number Description OTC Feature number
5639-GP3 3 Year SW S&S Per Server Qty 1 MELZSG

PID Number Description Supply Feature number
5639-GP3 Product Registration Card 5809

Charge metric

Charge metric for vendor products

Charge metric information can be found in the corresponding License Information document.

Program number Charge metric License Information document number
5639-GPU Per Server N/A
5639-GP2 Per Server N/A
5639-GP3 Per Server N/A

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution, electronic, and preload. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under those orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P and program feature:

SPO Program number Program name Supply Feature number
5692-A6P AIX® 7.2 Std Ed Subs Specify 2379
5692-A6P AIX 7.3 Std Ed Subs Specify 2380
5692-A6P AIX 7.2 Ent Ed Subs Specify 2381
5692-A6P AIX 7.3 Ent Ed Subs Specify 2277
5692-A6P AIX 7.2 Private Cl Ed Subs Specify 2278
5692-A6P AIX 7.3 Private Cl Ed Subs Specify 2279

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Terms and conditions

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Terms and conditions for the vendor program

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents of IBM and the vendor.


Vendor's license terms apply.

Limited warranty

Not warranted by IBM. Warranty, if any, provided by vendor.

Volume orders


Educational allowance

Not applicable

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Statement of good security practices

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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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Regional availability

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Argentina, Belize, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


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