IBM Unveils POWER9 for AI
December 5, 2017
unveiled its next-generation Power Systems Servers incorporating its
newly designed POWER9 processor. Built specifically for
compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of
improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x
allowing enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.
The system was designed to drive demonstrable performance improvements
across popular AI frameworks such as Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe, as
well as accelerated databases such as Kinetica.
POWER9 is at the heart of the soon-to-be most powerful data-intensive
supercomputers in the world, the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Summit”and
“Sierra” supercomputers, and has been tapped by Google.
"We’ve built a game-changing powerhouse for AI and cognitive workloads,” said Bob Picciano, SVP of IBM Cognitive Systems. “In addition to arming the world’s most powerful supercomputers, IBM POWER9 Systems is designed to enable enterprises around the world to scale unprecedented insights, driving scientific discovery enabling transformational business outcomes across every industry.”
Accelerating the Future with POWER9
Deep learning is a fast growing machine learning method that extracts information by crunching through millions of processes and data to detect and rank the most important aspects of the data.
To meet these growing industry demands, four years ago IBM set out to design the POWER9 chip on a blank sheet to build a new architecture to manage free-flowing data, streaming sensors and algorithms for data-intensive AI and deep learning workloads on Linux.
With PowerAI, IBM has optimized and simplified the deployment of deep learning frameworks and libraries on the Power architecture with acceleration, allowing data scientists to be up and running in minutes.
IBM Research is developing a wide array of technologies for the Power architecture. IBM researchers have already cut deep learning times from days to hours with the PowerAI Distributed Deep Learning toolkit.
Building an Open Ecosystem to Fuel Innovation
The era of AI demands more than tremendous processing power and unprecedented speed; it also demands an open ecosystem of innovative companies delivering technologies and tools. IBM serves as a catalyst for innovation to thrive, fueling an open, fast-growing community of more than 300 OpenPOWER Foundation and OpenCAPI Consortium members.