HPC: the future of data analytics

As high performance computing (HPC) demands grow, organizations are struggling to manage larger, more complex data sets and analytics workloads. With increasingly sophisticated machine learning and deep learning opportunities, accelerated infrastructure is essential. IBM Systems provides the solutions needed to advance HPC and AI and to solve the biggest challenges in business, medical, science and engineering industries.

HPC designed for research labs and enterprise AI

What if you had a computer that could handle more than two hundred quadrillion calculations per second, or roughly five hundred thousand times the number of stars in the Milky Way? And, could store the entire world’s social media data in one place? What if that super computer was already deployed and beginning to run test cases?

Over the past years, IBM, NVIDIA, Mellanox, and Red Hat all worked together to create Summit and Sierra for Oak Ridge (ORNL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) National Labs.  These state-of-the-art supercomputers are built with everyday IBM POWER9™ processors and IBM Storage that will run traditional HPC workloads and AI workloads.  They were not developed as highly customized, one-off systems seen in previous HPC solutions. Rule number one: whatever was built for ORNL and LLNL needed to work for the enterprise, as well.

Summit is the most powerful and smartest supercomputer for science. The architecture delivers massive HPC scalability on a system purpose-built for AI. “By building these supercomputers, we are building the world’s leading AI machines,” says Hillery Hunter, IBM Fellow; Director, Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure.

Researchers will use the computers to simulate quantum mechanics materials, explore evolutionary relationships based upon genomes, and fabricate nanomaterial using AI.

IBM builds the world's fastest supercomputers

Summit and Sierra--number 1 and number 3 on the Top500 list--are HPC systems created for Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.  Built with every day IBM Power™ 9 processors and IBM Storage, they deliver massive HPC scalability on systems purpose-built for AI.

A powerful, flexible and efficient path to data insights

IBM’s HPC solutions are designed to augment human intelligence rather than simply run simulations and visualizations. The goal: to implement systems that blur the line between HPC and AI and to provide open ecosystems, because one size does not fit all.

HPC Systems processing power

Pure processing power

With the ability to scale vertically and horizontally, and to share RAM across CPUs and GPUs, IBM HPC systems offer the flexibility needed to handle variable computational requirements, and the IBM® Power Systems™ Accelerated Compute Server (AC922) enables fast deployment of accelerated databases.

HPC systems storage

Storage that scales and flexes with your data needs

Effective HPC and analytics workloads require the ability to form and access large data lakes and content repositories, with scalable performance and capacity to avoid bottlenecks.

HPC solutions

Simplified software for effective workload management

Software that enhances the user and administrator experience with easy deployment, maximum uptime and performance at scale is critical to success with HPC. Spectrum LSF® makes it possible.

HPC solutions

IBM provides a range of hardware, software and storage products that work in conjunction to provide computational power, workload efficiency and ease of management – the capabilities you need to advance into the future of HPC.

Explore the best server for enterprise AI

With performance 3.7x greater when running models on Chainer and 3.8x with Caffe, the IBM Power Systems AC922 built with the POWER9 processor offers the fastest way to deploy accelerated databases and deep learning frameworks and is backed by legendary IBM enterprise-class support.

Speed deployment and boost performance

Ideal for organizations incorporating machine learning and deep learning into their HPC workflows, IBM PowerAI software facilitates rapid deployments with outstanding performance and scalability. 

Increase productivity and speed time to results

IBM Spectrum Computing accelerates and simplifies AI, data analytics, and HPC.  Featuring intelligent workload and policy-driven resource management, IBM Spectrum Computing optimizes computing clusters across the data center, on premises and in the cloud and improves user productivity for faster time to results and better outcomes.

Simplify HPC and make management a breeze

Leverage comprehensive workload management to accelerate research, design and other high-performance simulations by 30%, improve productivity and deliver faster results. IBM Spectrum LSF delivers a competitive advantage and resilience at scale, all while controlling costs.

Accelerate workloads, speed insight

Structured or unstructured, generated internally or created by others, data sits at the core of HPC and AI. IBM Storage solutions deliver improved performance, reliability and scalability across a broad set of workloads—from traditional HPC jobs such as simulations to next-generation workloads that include informed decision-making with AI and deep learning frameworks.

Meet peak demands and speed time to market

Meet new and burst peak HPC and HPDA workload demands with IBM software-defined infrastructure delivered as a service in the IBM Cloud. Get faster time to market and simplified workload management so that your engineers and researchers can focus on their jobs rather than managing IT.


The end of the homogenous data center is here

IDC expects that we are approaching the end of the homogeneous data center because processors other than the classic x86 are bridging the performance gap that AI applications have revealed.

From data analytics to deep learning

In 2018, 90% of the data generated daily is expected to be unstructured. The data-centric design of IBM Power Systems lets you overcome performance barriers and speed time to insight with lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and fewer, more reliable servers compared to alternatives.

The next milestone for HPC

As increasingly challenging workloads push system demands to the limit, IBM has partnered with other industry leaders to form the OpenPOWER Foundation, dedicated to stewarding the Power CPU architecture into the next generation.

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