IBM plans center to research on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER systems

Enterprise IT vendor IBM plans a new competency center to advance research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.

The POWER Acceleration and Design Center will be designed to combine the expertise of IBM and NVIDIA with the research capabilities of the Julich Supercomputing Center, creating opportunities to develop HPC skills and creat new technologies.

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“Launching the Center reinforces IBM’s commitment to foster an open collaboration environment and is our next step in expanding the software ecosystem around OpenPOWER,” said Dave Turek, vice president of Technical Computing OpenPOWER for IBM.

The Center will join together experts from IBM Research & Development Lab in Boblingen (Germany) and IBM Research Zurich (Switzerland), the Julich Supercomputing Center and NVIDIA (Germany).

Stefan Kraemer, director of HPC Business Development EMEA at NVIDIA, said: “By providing systems combining IBM Power CPUs and NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU accelerators via the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology, we can help the new center address both areas, and enable scientists to achieve new milestones in their research.”

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