IBM builds the world's most powerful supercomputers

The most powerful HPC servers are IBM servers. Summit and Sierra, ranked #1 and #2, respectively, tackle the world’s biggest challenges—combatting cancer, identifying next-gen materials, and accelerating our understanding of disease—using technologies that can help you conquer your own business challenges.


Quadrillion calculations per second


Gigabytes per second between nodes

IBM HPC enables the future of AI and data analytics

As HPC demands grow, organizations are struggling to manage larger, more complex data sets and analytics workloads. IBM has sophisticated HPC solutions to solve the biggest challenges facing industry today.

The POWER9™ HPC advantage

Built from the ground-up for data intensive workloads, IBM POWER9 is the only processor with state-of-the-art I/O subsystem technology, including next-generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI—to solve your toughest challenges.

Accelerate and simplify HPC

Featuring intelligent workload and policy-driven resource management, IBM Spectrum™ Computing optimizes computing clusters across the data center to yield faster time to results and better outcomes for HPC workloads such as data analytics and AI.

HPC software designed for AI

Ideal for organizations incorporating machine learning and deep learning into their HPC workflows, Watson Machine Learning Accelerator software facilitates rapid deployment with outstanding performance and scalability.

Industry-leading solutions to optimize HPC systems

IBM provides a range of HPC infrastructure solutions that work together to provide computational power, workload efficiency, and ease of management, helping you move into the future of HPC.

Built for HPC & enterprise AI

The IBM Power Systems™ AC922 offers the fastest way to deploy the accelerated databases and deep learning frameworks required to gain greater insight from your data, and to fuel new thinking and capabilities across your organization.

Support massive amounts of data

IBM Elastic Storage Servers supports HPC workloads with up to 40GB/s of throughput and scale-out to exabytes of storage, eliminating silos and simplifying management, making it easy to gain insight from your data pipeline.

Comprehensive HPC management

IBM Spectrum LSF® enables easy deployment, maximum uptime, and performance at scale—critical to success with HPC—increasing user productivity and hardware utilization while decreasing system management costs.

Pushing the boundaries of supercomputing

The Summit supercomputer is 4x faster than x86 systems, leading to insights within weeks rather than months.


The year of POWER9

It didn’t take long for POWER9 to catch on, with some of the biggest names in technology recognizing its benefits. “I have no doubts that the POWER9 chip and the AC922 server crush machine learning and HPC workloads, one of the sweetest spots in the industry,” said tech industry analyst Patrick Moorhead in Forbes last December [1].

Mind the gap

IDC predicts that we are approaching the end of the homogeneous data center because non-x86 processors are bridging the performance gap that AI applications have revealed—especially deep learning systems, which parse exponentially greater amounts of data— and it has become evident that standard CPUs cannot sufficiently execute on AI tasks.

Transforming IT for HPC

Find out how a software-defined infrastructure enhances business agility, productivity, efficiency and quality.

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