IBM's High-Powered POWER8 Systems Harness Big Data

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-04-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IBM on April 23 launched new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage large data requirements with enhanced performance, all built on an open server platform. Built on IBM's POWER8 technology and designed for an era of big data, the new scale-out IBM Power Systems servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment and three-plus years of development and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents. The systems are built from the ground up to harness big data with the new IBM POWER8 processor, a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch, which is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring. With the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM is bucking the trend of other chip and server manufacturers' proprietary business models and has released detailed technical specifications for its POWER8 processor, inviting collaborators and competitors alike to innovate on the processor and server platform, providing a catalyst for new innovation. "This is the first truly disruptive advancement in high-end server technology in decades, with radical technology changes and the full support of an open server ecosystem that will seamlessly lead our clients into this world of massive data volumes and complexity," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM's Systems and Technology Group.

 
 
 
  • IBM's High-Powered POWER8 Systems Harness Big Data

    By Darryl K. Taft
    IBM's High-Powered POWER8 Systems Harness Big Data
  • Launching POWER8 Systems

    IBM launched its new POWER8 systems at the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco, which was co-hosted by IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation. Senior Vice President of IBM's Systems and Technology Group Tom Rosamilia (left) and IBM General Manager of Power Systems Doug Balog (right) unveiled the new systems, the first servers created with OpenPOWER technology to help companies manage massive amounts of data at high-performance speeds.
    Launching POWER8 Systems
  • IBM Power Systems S824

    IBM announced a series of new Power Systems servers tuned for Linux. The systems can help clients convert data into insights by managing increasingly complex and data-intensive workloads. Shown here is the IBM Power Systems S824, which has the ability to run Linux, AIX and/or IBM i operating systems concurrently.
    IBM Power Systems S824
  • IBM Power Systems S814

    The new Power Systems culminate a $2.4 billion investment and three-plus years of development. One of the new S Class servers, the Power Systems S814, provides users with the flexibility of running Linux, AIX and/or IBM i operating systems concurrently.
    IBM Power Systems S814
  • IBM Power Systems S822L

    Built on IBM's POWER8 technology and designed for an era of big data, the new IBM Power Systems S Class servers can analyze data up to 50 times faster than similar x86-based systems, IBM said. Shown here is the IBM Power Systems S822L, one of the two POWER8 S-Class servers that run Linux exclusively.
    IBM Power Systems S822L
  • IBM Power Systems S812L

    With the release of these S Class servers, IBM delivers an open alternative to PC-era technology and creates a processing platform for new innovation, flexibility and diverse capability from across the vast computing ecosystem. Shown here is the IBM Power Systems S812L, which runs Linux exclusively.
    IBM Power Systems S812L
  • IBM Power Systems S822

    IBM's S Class servers help reduce data center costs—including floor space, power and cooling costs. With twice the data throughput compared with the latest commodity x86-based servers, the new Power Systems can help cut data center footprints in half. Shown here is the IBM Power Systems 822.
    IBM Power Systems S822
  • Building the New POWER8 Systems

    IBM Power Systems Characterization Engineer Ruby Zgabay (left) and IBM Power Firmware Engineer Andrew Geissler (right) handle components of the new IBM POWER8 system. The two are members of the global Power Systems team.
    Building the New POWER8 Systems
  • POWER8 in the Data Center

    IBM Power engineers Andrew Geissler (left) and Adriana Zobylak (right) work on the new POWER8 stack. The first POWER8-based systems to debut are five Power Systems S-Class servers designed for large, scale-out computing environments. POWER8 systems are targeted at big data environments.
    POWER8 in the Data Center
  • The IBM POWER8 Processor

    The IBM POWER8 processor is a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch, and is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring.
    The IBM POWER8 Processor
  • IBM Business Partners Install POWER8

    Doug Hill, Barry Bernu and Paul Manuel (shown from left to right) of Evolving Solutions, an IBM business partner, install a new IBM Power Systems server into the company's data center in Minnesota.
    IBM Business Partners Install POWER8
 
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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