Feeds

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

Big Blue to standardize on Tesla GPUs

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

SC13 IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs.

"This is the biggest technology endorsement that we've received,” said Sumit Gupta, the general manager of Nvidia's HPC-focused Tesla biz, to The Register. "It is definitely going to give us a lot of wind behind our backs to add to all the other momentum we have."

IBM is already a leader in the HPC space with their BlueGene/Q systems, and Gupta said he believes that leadership will be enhanced when the next generation of IBM systems, due next year, arrives, accelerated by Nvidia's Tesla GPUs.

In addition to the hardware partnership, IBM will GPU-accelerate a broad range of their 'big data' enterprise database applications – specifically business intelligence, predictive analytics, and risk analytics.

"And they're standardizing on our GPUs for acceleration," Gupta said.

For Nvidia, the advantages are clear. The Santa Clara, California-based GPU designer can take advantage of Big Blue's global sales and services teams. "All of that becomes our evangelists now," said Gupta.

And on a less-tangible but equally important basis, Gupta says that the mere fact of the IBM endorsement will give Nvidia's a huge boost. "The most influential and important supercomputer company in the world, the third largest software company in the world – and obviously everyone knows IBM – is committing to Nvidia's GPU accelerators," he said.

"It's a deep partnership. It's a strategic, executive-level partnership."

IBM, by the way, has a market capitalization of around $200bn; Nvidia, with a market cap of about $10bn, is one-twentieth its size.

Little Green, meet Big Blue. Be careful not to get swallowed whole, li'l guy – unless that was the plan all along. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service
AnD yEt mOre cRazy cAps to dEal wIth
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?