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IBM OpenPOWER LC server wins CRN Tech Innovator Award

IBM OpenPOWER LC server wins CRN Tech Innovator Award

IBM received a CRN award for its Power System S822LC server with cutting-edge integration of POWER8 and NVIDIA NVLink for high-performance computing.

Once again, IBM has established itself as a leader in the server industry. In its quest to deliver open, innovative solutions that accelerate big data insights, IBM is constantly raising its game. IBM revealed the newest OpenPOWER LC servers in September 2016, and the experts are already taking notice. CRN has declared the Power System S822LC for High Performance Computing as the winner of its 2016 Tech Innovator Award for PC Servers.


Let’s take a closer look at why IBM Power System S822LC deserves this honor.

Achieving a groundbreaking integration
The new IBM Power System S822LC for High Performance Computing outstrips the performance capabilities of x86-based systems because of its integration of the POWER8 processor with NVIDIA NVLink, the first of its kind in the industry. This unique offering introduces the new POWER8 with NVLink CPU, which delivers superior bandwidth for up to four NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs.

Overcoming performance obstacles
High-performance computing is becoming the standard for companies as they face big data loads that are reaching the petabyte level. Organizations are hampered by bottlenecks that develop when existing systems can’t handle increasing workloads.

By coupling CPU with GPU, the IBM Power System S822LC overcomes PCI-E bottlenecks. The system achieves input/output bandwidth of 64 gigabytes per second. This high rate of input/output allows data to flow nearly three times faster from CPU to GPU than on an x86-based system. The combination of POWER8 and NVIDIA provides twice the performance per core and four times more threads per core than x86.


Making the latest technology trends possible
IBM Power System S822LC lets your clients reach their technology goals. The system sets the stage for high-performance computing and hybrid cloud deployments, and meets the demands of big data and mission-critical applications.

Like many innovations from IBM, the Power System S822LC enables companies to take advantage of the powerful insights gained through cognitive analytics. The new system makes it possible to process encyclopedic amounts of data so artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities can solve complex business problems.

The modular design of this solution makes it easy to implement. It can be integrated into clients’ existing systems without the need to rethink the entire infrastructure. The system is also flexible, allowing companies to run analytics applications as well as Java, open source and Linux applications.

The wins keep coming for IBM
IBM Power Systems high-performance computing servers are deployed in many of the largest clusters in the world. Configurable into highly scalable Linux clusters, Power Systems with POWER8 process-based technology offer extreme performance for demanding workloads such as genomics, finance, computational chemistry, oil and gas exploration, and high-performance data analytics.

Share in the Win
Now is the time to share in the success of the IBM OpenPOWER LC servers. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to ride the wave of excitement about the system’s win in the 2016 CRN Tech Innovation Awards. Start the conversation with your customers and tell them about this award-winning system designed to take on their high-performance data analytics challenges. You can also let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

Bob Friske (@bobfriske)
Global Channel Marketing Manager, IBM Power Systems



Bob Friske, Global Channel Marketing Manager for IBM Power Systems, has three decades of experience with IBM—half of that time as an IBM Worldwide Big Data, Analytics and Cloud Specialist, and half as an IBM customer working for one of the big three auto companies in Michigan. Bob currently works for IBM Power Systems, helping Business Partners bring new, open, innovative solutions to the market that help clients expand their business opportunities while delivering exceptional client experiences.

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