IBM Puts Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU on SoftLayer Cloud

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-07-09 Print this article Print
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Meanwhile, Artomatix uses Tesla K80 accelerators on IBM Cloud to apply machine-learning and big-data concepts to art creation, enabling computers to manage many tedious and time-consuming aspects of the process and allowing artists to focus on creating more dynamic games and films. The Artomatix platform enables a single artist to do the work of a team, disrupting traditional art and animation workflows in the video game and movie industries.

“We leverage the latest Nvidia GPUs by repurposing them to work as supercomputers on IBM Cloud, which makes it feasible to do in seconds what would otherwise take hours or even days to do on standard hardware,” said Neal O’Gorman, founder and CEO of Artomatix, in a statement. “By automating the generation of art on the SoftLayer platform, Artomatix enables digital graphic artists to focus on being creative, in addition to reducing project times and costs.”

“Artomatix does animation created by a machine learning backend,” Gutierrez said. “So for animation for movies and video games, instead of having animators draw animations to make them look more realistic, Artomatix can output characters for you. It allows animators to do more work and have more computational throughput. We’ve seen a lot of uptake from video production houses and rendering farms where they need a great deal of bandwidth and high I/O.”

Gutierrez said the Nvidia K80 offers up to 10 times the performance of the K10, which is the previous version of Nvidia’s GPU technology IBM used in its cloud environment.

“It puts us out in front of our competitors in that no other major cloud provider has the K80 capabilities for their customers,” Gutierrez said. “We offer it on bare metal and in a cloud model. We’ve always offered customers the choice of virtualized or to use bare metal. With bare metal they’re going to see a lot of benefits especially when they have GPU capabilities thrown on top of a bare metal server. This enables users to throw the toughest, most demanding workloads on the cloud. This is one of our key differentiators. This is a cost-effective way of getting HPC level performance at a reasonable price.”

The K80 on SoftLayer beta customers took advantage of the Tesla K80’s dual-GPU architecture, which has a large memory that provides more teraflops of double-precision computing performance and gigabytes of memory in a single server—accelerating compute-heavy workloads and delivering 10 times higher performance than today’s fastest CPU, IBM said.

“The Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform is used by researchers and data scientists around the world to drive innovation and scientific discovery,” said Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at Nvidia, in a statement. “With the addition of Tesla K80 GPUs, SoftLayer’s unique cloud offering for HPC will dramatically expand access to supercomputing-class performance, accelerating the pace of important new advances.”

The K80 accelerator joins IBM Cloud’s other Nvidia GPU offerings, which include the Grid K2 and Tesla K10.

“Our global network of data centers, connectivity features, bare metal servers, and GPU offerings meet the rigorous requirements of most supercomputing workloads,” said Marc Jones, CTO for SoftLayer, in a statement. “By introducing the K80 accelerator on IBM Cloud, we’re giving our customers an even more powerful tool to run demanding applications.”



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