IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2018 - 16
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The POWER9 processor
represents a major advancement
in technology. It extends the
open-system design philosophy
introduced with POWER8* and
fostered by the OpenPOWER
Foundation. The POWER9 chip
was designed for the data and AI
market. These new systems have
four leadership characteristics.
The performance or
throughput delivered by
the POWER9 core. POWER9
systems have an estimated
2x the performance per
core of Intel* chip-based
systems for most dataoriented workloads. Better
performance enables clients
Introducing the POWER9 Family
IBM's POWER9 family of systems will accelerate
organizations' ability to use AI to drive productivity,
application development and evolving thought
processes for business. IBM offers several POWER9
servers to meet clients' needs. The AC922 with
NVLink 2.0 uses technology developed for the CORAL
project, which is the basis for the two biggest supercomputers in the world. The AC922 was designed
with AI workloads in mind.
In February, IBM introduced three servers for traditional, mission-critical applications and databases on
AIX*, IBM i or Linux*. The IBM Power Systems S924,
S922 and S914 servers offer higher performance
and efficiency for those traditional workloads. The
systems have between 1.2x and 1.5x more performance per core than POWER8, Sibley says.
Cloud capability is built into the S924, S914 and
S922 systems. Clients can deploy a private, on-premises cloud via IBM PowerVM* virtualization, which
comes pre-installed on every box. See "The Cloud
Your Way" on page 10 to learn more. The built-in
cloud capability and high-speed I/O provide a great
foundation for the efficient infrastructure as a service.
This foundation enables organizations to extend those
core applications and databases to the AI era.
Two systems-the H922 and H924-are optimized
for SAP HANA. These systems benefit clients who want
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to move their SAP applications to SAP HANA or deploy
new SAP HANA workloads. "POWER* technology and
architecture have the flexibility, high availability and
performance necessary for those applications," Sibley
says. The SAP HANA-enabled H922 and H924 take
advantage of PowerVM virtualization technology. SAP
has certified these servers to run up to eight production
instances of SAP HANA on a single system.
"Unlike IBM's competitors who offer stand-alone
islands or appliance-type infrastructure, SAP HANA
runs differently on POWER9," says Sibley. SAP HANA
can be used in the cloud, including multitenant clouds.
Clients gain the flexible performance of scalable cloudlike facilities that provide efficiencies, he says.
IBM also continues to deliver leading price-performance for Linux technology-based systems
with the LC and L systems. These systems are
optimized for big-data and open-source workloads such as MongoDB and EnterpriseDB. These
systems are designed for clients using large clusters of Linux systems.
In the second half of the year, IBM intends to introduce out scale-up systems that offer 4 to 16 sockets.
Many clients are expected to take advantage of these
systems to drive their large-scale data or core business applications, Sibley says.