Montpellier, France — IBM in collaboration with NVIDIA and Mellanox announced the establishment of a POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Monpellier, France, to advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial and commercial applications.
Born out of the collaborative spirit fostered by the OpenPOWER Foundation — an open development community co-founded by IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox supporting open development on top of the POWER architecture — the new Center provides commercial and open-source software developers with technical assistance to enable them to develop high performance computing (HPC) applications.
Technical experts from IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox will help developers take advantage of GPU-acceleration on OpenPOWER-compatible systems. These are the same type of systems to be used by the U.S. Department of Energy for the next generation Sierra and Summit supercomputers and by the United Kingdom’s Science & Technology Facilities Council for big data research.
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In addition to expanding the software and solution ecosystem around OpenPOWER, this new collaboration between the three companies will create opportunities for software designers to acquire advanced HPC skills and drive the development of new technologies to bring value to customers globally.
The Center will be led by a team of software experts from NVIDIA and Mellanox along with the IBM Research & Development Lab in Montpellier (France) and IBM Research Zurich (Switzerland). The Montpellier-based center is the second of its kind, complementing the previously announced center in Germany established in concert with IBM, NVIDIA and the Jülich Supercomputing Center in November.
“Our launch of this new Center reinforces IBM’s commitment to open-source collaboration and is a next step in expanding the software and solution ecosystem around OpenPOWER,” said Dave Turek, IBM’s Vice President of HPC Market Engagement. “Teaming with NVIDIA and Mellanox, the Center will allow us to leverage the strengths of each of our companies to extend innovation and bring higher value to our customers around the world.”
“Increasing application performance while minimizing energy consumption are challenges the industry faces in the race toward exascale computing,” said Stefan Kraemer, director of HPC Business Development EMEA at NVIDIA. “By providing systems combining IBM Power CPUs and NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU accelerators via the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology, we can help the new Center address both areas, and enable scientists to achieve new milestones in their research.”
“The new POWER Acceleration and Design Center will help scientists and engineers address the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment, information and health care using the most advanced HPC architectures and technologies,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox InfiniBand networking solutions offer more than a decade of experience building the world’s highest performing networks, and are uniquely based on an offload-architecture. Only Mellanox offloads data movement, management and even data manipulations (for example Message Passing – MPI collective communications) which are performed at the network level, enabling more valuable CPU cycles to be dedicated to the research applications.”
As founding members of the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox share a common vision to bring a new class of systems to market faster to tackle today’s big data challenges.
About the OpenPOWER Foundation
The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical community based on the POWER architecture, enabling collaborative development and opportunity for member differentiation and industry growth. The goal of the 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 and industry. Founded in December 2013, the organization now has over 130 members worldwide.
For more information, visit www.openpowerfoundation.org.