DUBLIN: IBM USED its keynote speech at this year's LinuxCon Europe event to launch a line of Power processor-based, Linux-tuned machines.
The Power Systems LC line was introduced by Dr Stefanie Chiras, director and business line executive of IBM scale-out Power Systems, as part of her keynote on the subject of 'waitless computing'.
IBM, as a patron of the OpenPower Foundation, has been a staunch supporter of Linux and OpenStack, and this represents a logical step for the company, as it has been building its Power line following the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo in 2014.
The range consist of three products based on Power 8 processors offering scale-out servers in preconfigured, single-click order, and bespoke options to add to the OpenPower servers launched earlier in the year.
The three core products are the S812LC, consisting of a single eight-core 3.32GHz processor or 10-core 2.92GHz processor, up to 1TB of system memory and space for up to 14 3.5in drives for internal storage.
The S822LC is aimed at commercial computing, offering the same specs but with a second identical processor for up to 20 cores. It holds up to two 2.5in drives.
Finally, the S822LC for high performance offers identical specs to the S822LC but incorporates multiple NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators for creating visual interpretations of data quickly and easily. Nvidia is IBM's key partner in the OpenPower Foundation.
"The new LC Line is capable of running 94 percent more Spark Workload at half the cost of other solutions," Chiras claimed. "The S822LC with up to 20 cores of Power 8 performance is 2.7x per core, with 40 percent better price-performance ratio when running PostegreSQL."
The LC range joins the existing Power Systems for Linux to increase the company's commitment to scale-out data centre offerings.
The difference with the LC range is its ability to run out of the box and off the shelf, meaning that customers can be up and running in under 30 minutes with zero run time, according to IBM.
List prices range from $6,595 to $11,990 off the shelf, with a price on request for the Nvidia-enabled version. Customisation options are available with bespoke pricing. µ
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