IBM Accelerates AI on Cloud

IBM has announced it is the first provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. The combination of NVIDIA’s acceleration technology with IBM’s Cloud platform is intended to help organizations more efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

“The latest NVIDIA GPU technology delivered on the IBM Cloud is opening the door for enterprises of all sizes to use cognitive and AI to address complex big data challenges,” said John Considine, general manager of cloud infrastructure at IBM. “IBM’s global network of cloud data centers along with its advanced cognitive and GPU capabilities is helping to accelerate the pace of client innovation.”

IBM has been working closely with NVIDIA since 2014 to bring GPU technology to the cloud. The company introduced the NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerator in 2015 and the Tesla M60 in 2016, and launched the Tesla P100 builds on IBM’s leadership in bringing the latest NVIDIA GPU technology to the cloud for machine learning, AI and High Performance Computing workloads.

With Tesla P100 GPU accelerator on the cloud, IBM says it will make it more accessible for businesses in industries including healthcare, financial services, energy and manufacturing to extract valuable insight from big data. For example, clients in the financial services industry can use GPUs on the IBM Cloud to quickly run complex risk calculations; healthcare companies can more quickly analyze data or identify possible genetic variations; and energy companies can identify new ways to improve operations.

Clients will have the option to equip individual IBM Bluemix bare metal cloud servers with two NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerator cards. The Tesla P100 provides 4.7 teraFLOPS of double-precision performance and 16 gigabytes of GPU memory in a single server to accelerate compute-intensive workloads. The combination of IBM’s connectivity and bare metal servers with the Tesla P100 GPUs provides clients with higher throughput than traditional virtualized servers. This high level of performance can allow clients to deploy fewer, more powerful cloud servers to more quickly deliver increasingly complex simulations and big data workloads.

The Tesla P100 joins NVIDIA’s portfolio of GPU offerings on the IBM Cloud, including the Tesla M60, Tesla K80 and Tesla K2 GPUs. IBM plans to make the Tesla P100 GPU accelerators available in April 2017.

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