IBM rolls out new server to take on Intel

IBM has rolled out a new server that combines its POWER8 processor and Nvidia's GPU accelerator. The Power S824L server, which is based on the development efforts of the OpenPower Foundation, will begin shipping on October 31.

The OpenPower Foundation was created by IBM in 2013 to help manage its open source lineup of chips. The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the Power architecture to share expertise, investment, and server-class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers.

 IBM rolls out new server to take on Intel


The Foundation includes Samsung, Micron, Google, and Micron Technology as its members. Earlier this year, Google highlighted a Power-based prototype motherboard.

IBM launched its Power Systems lineup of servers in April, this new server is the first to include accelerator from an OpenPower Foundation partner. The server is designed to meet the needs of the webscale crowd.

"With Nvidia's GPU accelerator integrated into the server, users should be able to tackle big workloads and process big data tasks using NoSQL databases like Redis," Gigaom quoted Brad McCredie, an IBM fellow and vice president with IBM's systems and technology group as saying.

With the launch of the Power S824L server, IBM aims to take on Intel's x86 servers which currently dominates the data centre market.

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Updated Date: Oct 03, 2014 13:34:19 IST