IBM Releases Flagship Linux Servers with Nvidia GPUs
IBM has launched a line of power-based Linux-tuned machines which pack Nvidia GPUs. The range consists of three products based on Power 8 processors offering scale-out servers in preconfigured, single-click order, and bespoke options. These include:
- The S812LC, consisting of a single eight-core 3.32GHz processor or 10-core 2.92GHz processor, up to 1TB of system memory and space for up to 14 3.5in drives for internal storage.
- The S822LC aimed at commercial computing, offering the same specs but with a second identical processor for up to 20 cores and holds up to two 2.5in drives.
- The S822LC for high performance, offering identical specs to the S822LC but incorporates multiple Nvidia Tegra GPUs for creating visual interpretations of data quickly and easily.
“The new LC Line is capable of running 94 percent more Spark Workload at half the cost of other solutions,” Stefanie Chiras, director and business line executive of IBM scale-out Power Systems, claimed. “The S822LC with up to 20 cores of Power 8 performance is 2.7x per core, with 40 percent better price-performance ratio when running PostegreSQL.”
According to IBM, what’s different about the LC range is its ability to run out of the box and off the shelf, meaning that customers can be up and running in under 30 minutes with zero run time.
List prices range from $6,595 to $11,990 off the shelf, with a price on request for the Nvidia-enabled version.