IBM delivers latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the cloud

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is providing the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator on the cloud, the company said.

By combining NVIDIA´s acceleration technology with IBM´s Cloud platform, businesses can expect to more quickly and efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

GPUs, or graphics processing units, work in conjunction with a server´s central processing unit (CPU) to accelerate application performance helping compute-heavy data workloads run more quickly and efficiently.

Since 2014, IBM has been working closely with NVIDIA to bring the latest GPU technology to the cloud.

IBM was the first cloud provider to introduce the NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerator in 2015 and the Tesla M60 in 2016, and the introduction of the Tesla P100 builds on IBM´s leadership in bringing the latest NVIDIA GPU technology to the cloud for machine learning, AI and High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads.

As the first global cloud provider to enable the use of the Tesla P100 GPU accelerator on the cloud, IBM will make it more accessible for businesses in industries including healthcare, financial services, energy and manufacturing to extract valuable insight from big data.

Clients will have the option to equip individual IBM Bluemix bare metal cloud servers with two NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerator cards.

The Tesla P100 provides 4.7 teraFLOPS of double-precision performance and 16 gigabytes of GPU memory in a single server to accelerate compute-intensive workloads. The combination of IBM´s connectivity and bare metal servers with the Tesla P100 GPUs provides clients with higher throughput than traditional virtualized servers. This high level of performance can allow clients to deploy fewer, more powerful cloud servers to more quickly deliver increasingly complex simulations and big data workloads.

The Tesla P100 joins NVIDIA´s portfolio of GPU offerings on the IBM Cloud, including the Tesla M60, Tesla K80 and Tesla K2 GPUs. IBM plans to make the Tesla P100 GPU accelerators available in April 2017.