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IBM ATTACKS AMD’S ‘ZEN’ WITH NEW DETAILS ABOUT POWER9 PROCESSORS FOR SERVERS

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This week at the Hot Chips conference 28 in Cupertino, California, IBM revealed new details about its Power9 processor technology in a 30 minute session. Power9 is a new CPU architecture based on 14nm FinFET process technology which should begin shooting in the second half of 2017. It is built for what IBM calls “cognitive of the time” while previous generations of processor-based energy company focused exclusively on the management of the sector and finally the large data.

That said, you will not find Power9 IBM-based desktop and traditional notebook processors. They are in direct competition with the products offered by AMD (Opteron) and Intel (Xeon) on the x86 server market. In all cases, the general consumer will see the benefits of the architecture Power9 IBM through cloud services based on data centers using IBM technology.

According to IBM, Power9 was developed to manage the evolution of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and analysis. The flight will be operated up (no pun intended) in two models: a model of “scale-out” optimized for two CPU sockets on the motherboard, and a model of “enlargement” built for multiple CPU slots . Generally, the server base plates may vary from a single dose up to four.

In addition, horizontal scalability models and setting the scale IBM will have two configurations for each processor: a complete chip processor cores 24 SMT4 that is optimized for the Linux ecosystem, and full chip processor cores 12 SMT8 optimized PowerVM ecosystem. Note the CPU processor names: The son SMT8 eight (rails) while SMT4 only four.

Provided in a slide during the presentation of IBM, the company showed that the model of “scale” will depend on the direct connection memory, ie, there will be eight DDR4 direct ports. The model of “scale” will depend on the buffer, using an eight-channel buffer. This configuration will provide up to 230gb per second sustained bandwidth while the first does provide a sustained bandwidth of 120GB per second.

The company also revealed that Power9 will decrease from the Power8 line, striking the process of “trying to calculate” for five cycles, which basically means a better performance in applications that use modern coding. Other benefits introduced by Power9 architecture include branch prediction, local control of the loading pipe operations / advanced storage and even a new instruction set that provides support for emerging algorithms, broader support type of data, management and frequency of energy, and loads of acceleration emerging work.

The processor family have apparently been around forever, and it’s no surprise that IBM is still running on Power processors-brand 16 years after its debut. Although the PC market apparently has stalled in recent years, the server market is really booming with Intel in the lead, while IBM and AMD struggling to keep up. While ARM is trying to disrupt the server market with its own vision of the server processor models with a large number of features are complemented by the needs of very small energy.

In fact, AMD has revealed the details of the bare core technology of “Zen” first processor for use in desktop processors “enthusiastic”, followed by chips based on server. Therefore it is not surprising that IBM had much to say about Power9 at the conference this week. Until Power9 officially arrives, we have all the gory technical details about the new architecture represented at the Hot Chips convention 28 embedded in a gallery below.

 

IBM Is Opening a Blockchain R&D Center in Singapore

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As the city-state seeks to become the leading financial center of the technology in Asia.

IBM plans to open an innovation center in Singapore blockchain, in collaboration with the government, as the city-state seeks to become the leading financial center of technology in Asia.

IBM IBM ^ 1.10% work with the main economic planning agency, the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore blockchain to accelerate the adoption of finance and commerce.

A project in collaboration with PSA International and a leading container transhipment ports in the world owned by investors of the State Temasek Holdings, aims to connect with Fintech global trade and logistics.

The technology works by creating permanent blockchain “,” accounting records of all transactions that could replace complex systems such as clearing and settlement with a simple database.

Singapore is rushing to reinvent itself as a center of Fintech Asia to defend against a regulatory threat to its wealth management industry and revive a sluggish economy.

Observers say it is ahead of its longtime rival Hong Kong, but measures to curb the number of foreign workers and previous regulations, creating a risk-averse culture contradicts the trial and error approach companies FINTECH new creation, remain major obstacles in the development sector.

IBM’s 200 petaflop Summit supercomputer to crush China’s Sunway TaihuLight

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BIG BLUE IBM promises a petascale supercomputer 200 2018 China will win 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight, who recently took first place in the Top 500 ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

The machine, called IBM Summit will be delivered to the Department of Oak Ridge National Laboratory of Energy of the United States in early 2018. It will be even more powerful than originally planned when the project was announced in 2014 the goal was to provide operation at about 150 petaflops machines.

The supercomputer with Nvidia Sierra Summit, was launched two years ago in a deal of $ 325 million from the Department of Energy of the United States and IBM.

The first to be delivered, Summit, IBM will use Power9 microprocessors associated with NVIDIA graphics processing units Volta (GPU) that provide math co-processing.

The machine will offer more than five times the computing performance of its predecessor nodes Titan 18688 using only about 3,400 nodes, said IBM. Each node contains multiple microprocessors Power9 IBM and Nvidia GPU coprocessors Volta, all interconnected with the communication protocol for high speed NVLink Nvidia.

Each node will have over half a terabyte coherent memory (broadband DDR4 memory), more than 800 GB of non-volatile RAM to serve a burst or an extended memory buffer.

According to Oak Ridge, “to provide a high rate of return I / O nodes are connected in a non-blocking fat tree with a double rail Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect EDR”.

The supercomputer replaces Titan was based on AMD Opteron microprocessors, coprocessors and deployed Nvidia Kepler 32GB per node. While Sunway took first place, Titan is not far behind and is still third in the Top 500 ranking this year.

China Sunway reference TaihuLight claims a performance of 93 petaflops and a maximum flow rate of up to 124.5 petaflops. Most notable, however, prevents the parts designed for designed and manufactured in China to the US components. Classification, therefore, higher than some eyebrows.

While Intel now dominates the market for supercomputers microprocessors – with a handful of AMD and IBM Power chips – Sunway TaihuLight was powered by Sunway SW26010 microprocessors 260 cores, combined with a proprietary custom interface.

Bad News For IBM (And HP) Is Good News For IT And Your Business

IBM (IBM + 0.00%) was in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. After a weaker quarter which saw the company report for the 11th consecutive decline in sales, the company had to postpone the apocalyptic rumors of impending staff cuts on a scale rarely seen outside of bankruptcy of the company. However, the problems that shake IBM (Buffett is not one of them) arising from the technology and the resulting change in business strategies that come to become useful as a service aka the cloud. In fact, lower profit margins and, in the case of HP and IBM revenue established vendors such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft MSFT + 0.73% are a sign that the pressures providers competitive technology works and the benefits greatly benefit its customers, buyers of IT products and services.

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IBM distress and other outcomes of the rise in cloud services that are implemented, consume and purchase of information services, services that are now viable alternatives to the corporate infrastructure in-house. I wrote it in time trend, more recently, with the information of a system integrator cloud the business use of cloud services like AWS and Azure is rapidly growing anecdotal evidence that is consistent with surveys Industry analysts showing similar growth. However, from such a small base, IDC believes that the market for public cloud services that was about $ 56 billion last year, because of IT spending in the multibillion dollar cloud means disrupting effects are slow to appear in major established providers. The turning point came and old tech companies that can no longer hide the financial ramifications, now recognize that their business models, otherwise the survival of businesses, are at risk. Discuss recent quarterly results of the company, chief financial officer of IBM identifies its fundamental challenge:

“For 2015 specifically, is the transitions in our company,” Martin Schroeter, IBM’s chief financial officer, said during a conference call with analysts.

“For example, while we are fully engaged in the transition to the cloud, margins are affected by the level of investments we make and the fact that the company is not to scale. Let’s see some profit margin year on year 2015 as trade barriers, but we will not be to scale. ”

Of course, this news is not so dark that prevented CEO Ginni Rometty eight to pick up a nice figure cash bonus and stock options, but outside the C-suite Things have rarely looked so dark as Big Blue.

But the cloud is a compressor room for equal opportunities whose victims run the gamut from old peak pillars as evidenced by job cuts among IBM’s competitors EMC, HP and SAP, among others. An analyst quoted in the report referred profits nails IBM problem, “is difficult to change the business model quickly,” Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR & Co. (FBRC + 0.00%). Said IBM. “The paradigm shift to the cloud is and that’s where the focus is.”

IBM Boosts Watson Analytics With Security And Wider Database Connectivity

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IBM has its cloud service powered Watson Analytics with new features,functions strengthened to enhance data discovery and question and answer system.Watson,and now has the opportunity for companies to request additional external data.This means that Watson Analytics can connect third-party data sources and IBM DB2,Informix,Netezza SQL database and data bases dashDB.Watson was taken Analytics also safer with extensions of Works data,IBM refinement of cloud-based data access service.

These IBM technology uses Secure Gateway to create a link between on-premise and Watson Analytics data stored and automatically encrypt data.It also creates the container coupled to the data of a specific compound to bring window to provide an analysis of data securely in the cloud.The third and final new addition to Watson Analytics is like experts storyboards.These are the real results that help customers learn about the different types of data sources and find more relevant facts,patterns and relationships to support future decisions.

IBM has a number of storyboards experts,including one that helps in the analysis of data from social media Twitter,and to integrate other,the weather data in the analysis of income to determine how the weather influences helps business.Big Blue also had widespread adoption Watson Analytics,notes that used in universities,healthcare,hospitality,manufacturing and transportation.An example of IBM Analytics Service is honest coffee,grind Watson with Big Data to coffee shops in London unmanned.

IBM is confident that on cognitive computing and natural language analysis is the future of big data analysis.In 2018,the discovery of intelligent data,the consultation of the natural language search, sophisticated analytics,and automatic detection capabilities of interactive data, business intelligence platform on request will be such that the consumer to take business for ideas as a cluster,segments, forecasts,data outliers and anomalies will said.IBM IBM stepped up its supercomputer technology, having recently created Watson Health,the analysis and the cognitive computing capabilities for industry provides health.

IBM Launches Cloud-Based Industry Platforms

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IBM today announced a series of new cloud-based platforms for the industry as part of efforts to enhance their global business solutions capabilities.The company also announced the opening of a new cloud center in Bangalore,India.The new portfolio of platforms and industry solutions IBM Cloud gives users access to the cloud and Big Data services on the specific needs of industry aligned.

Our portfolio of cloud Business Solutions is estimating a recognition of the mandate for speed and time,along with customer requirements for customized business solutions for their own processes and culture and make it through the cloud,so Sanjay Rishi,managing partner of consulting services for the cloud of IBM Global Business Services,in a statement,is our new cloud Innovation Center IBM Business will help collaboration with our customers to provide us, according to their specific needs customized solutions,delivered Cloud for fast results.

Business Innovation Centers Cloud provides an opportunity for IBM customers worldwide closely with Big Blue solution consultants,researchers and marketing and collaborate digital experience design experts in order to adapt the platform to your specific needs of industry.In 2014, launched IBM Global Business Services,a portfolio of enterprise cloud solutions that pack more technology components and services into a single contract with the customer and provides end-to-end solutions as a service.

The first deals specifically business functions in the areas of sales,marketing,financial management and operations and consulting services include intellectual property of IBM Research,software,advanced analysis,continuous support and cloud infrastructure IBM delivered via Soft Layer.Today commercial cloud solutions have implemented in more than 500 customer projects.

However, on the basis of this portfolio,IBM Industry announces platforms with deep content industry to improve corporate profits and shorter time to value combines various solutions in the cloud for businesses.Industry Each platform offers customers access to a range of standard assets that can adapt quickly to offer a differentiated business solution.IBM’s first three Industry Platforms consist of :

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• Retail Consumer Experience: A Consumer Engagement Platform that empowers retailers to quickly deploy increasingly sophisticated engagement capabilities driven by contextual, relevant, multichannel, end-to-end personalization that deliver a passion-driven consumer experience.
• Personalized Learning: A platform that delivers data-driven personalized learning to empower educators to help students reach their full potential and for corporations to address fast-moving learning needs within their organizations.
• Insights for a Connected World: An Insight platform designed for the industries reshaped by the Internet of things. The platform turns volumes of data from multiple sources into insights that can be sold to ecosystem partners or used to inform new business models, or improve customer service and business operations.

IBM Cloud Business Solutions combine the scale, speed and ease of the cloud with the industry insight of IBM consulting services to address specific industry verticals and business functions. In the past year, IBM has launched more than 20 solutions for specific business domains across industries.

IBM Expands Spectrum Storage Into The Cloud

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In line with its strategy to cloud-enable its storage management software and hardware products, IBM has announced that its customers will now be able to manage Spectrum Accelerate and Spectrum Protect products in a hybrid storage environment.The announcement comes in the wake of IBM’s February launch of the Spectrum line of storage systems and software part of a $1bn investment by the company into software-defined storage.

The move highlights what IBM calls the new reality that data centers are increasingly defined medium software and less hardware and licenses sold. IBM said Wednesday that in the six months since the initiative was launched, over 1,000 new customers chose Spectrum Portfolio IBM.The first product, Spectrum IBM Accelerate the cloud,allowing users of the application as a service to IBM through the IBM cloud infrastructure Soft-layer.

According to the company,it will help companies implement SoftLayer block storage without purchasing a new storage hardware or manage a large farm unit.Juha Kukka,responsible for designing the service provider Enfo cloud,said Spectrum Accelerate cloud allows your company to back off site,snapshots and asynchronous data replication data centers IBM cloud from an array of council unified management.

IBM also plans to reduce costs for customers by consolidating storage resources and computing on the same servers. IBM Accelerate Spectrum is now available with mobile licenses through XIV systems,local mail servers and cloud environments to provide greater operational flexibility and help support customers,and transform their defined IT infrastructure software storage,IBM said.

IBM says its storage portfolio spectrum can centrally manage more than 300 aircraft and yottabytes [one billion terabytes of data] different storage.It is inter-operable with IBM and non-IBM hardware and tape systems.Also in the course of the fourth quarter of 2015,IBM Spectrum Protect is offered as an option in VersaStack,which was jointly developed by IBM and Cisco.

IBM Wants To Help You Use a Mac At Work

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Apple has much dominated by the consumer market when it comes to equipment that you need,so that has been looking at the company as a means to expand.That’s a lot of what IBM iOS last year, and the two companies are now working on Macs,too.IBM provides a cloud-based designed to help IT departments more easily service staff are in operation Macs.

IBM has some experience in this department,having used Macs own employees through a program like Mac @ IBM known. Offered by the company last year with Apple then presented an opportunity for IBM to scale this offer to the market with their own experience in enterprise deployment and the ability to meet the specific needs of customers.Program with IBM enables IT departments to order Macs and then all the necessary software and pre-configured,including Casper Suite of Software JAMF have delivered settings.

IBM also supports those who use personal Macs at work. Simple deployment and use are the basis for all Apple products, and how these devices more used in the workplace, people expect that enjoyed the same experience with Apple technology in their personal lives, Richard Patterson, General Manager of Infrastructure Services at IBM Global Technology Services, in a statement.

New services from IBM Business ensure a great user experience for customers who are using Macs and provides world-class support from the installation over the life of the product,he said.The offer is to work with MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro.

IBM Moves Open Source Business Software To The Cloud

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IBM has developed a new code repository to promote the collaborative development of open source software company it aims to establish and can also stimulate interest in their own platform services.IBM bluemix the site,called developerWorks Open, planted over 50 IBM open source projects.Many of the projects came from the research laboratories of IBM,or developed through vertical business units within IBM,said Angel Diaz,vice president of architecture and technology in the cloud.The world has no shortage of open source software and code,as a quick perusal of GitHub show.These efforts will focus on support for enterprise software and software for the cloud,Diaz said.

For example,part of the first company of its portfolio of mobile business applications launched. An application of health can follow the progress of physical therapy programs at home.Other applications such as open to address the needs of retail insurance and banking industries.IBM code has also published a series of data analysis technologies like open source tracker agent less monitoring system service in the cloud provides route.Another project is the new web application node metric that can monitor performance issues Node.

In addition to hosting the code IBM will provide support through blogs and instructional videos. There are opportunities for taxpayers available to discuss issues and take care of all the necessary software licenses for those looking for a broader audience.IBM has always been a strong supporter of open source projects.Currently contributes to more than 150 different software projects,including sparks and OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Node.js,Linux and Open Eclipse.In started developer is IBM also offers services bluemix 200 academic institutions in 36 countries, in the hope of getting thousands of students to take advantage of cloud services.

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer is Learning Arabic in Move To Middle East

IBM supercomputer Watson Jeopardy champion is to learn Arabic and setting up shop in the East and North Africa,IBM,he said on Tuesday morning.The service great source of data and heavy investment from IBM IBM 1:46% be extended to the region is part of the joint venture between Big Blue and Mubadala Development Company,the investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

NEW YORK CITY, NY- MAY 27: IBM Watson's computer housing case. IBM's Watson computer is best known for winning Jeopardy, unaware of time constraints, while playing against humans. Some of Watson's other features are based in problem solving across many different careers. A demonstration showed how quickly Watson is able to diagnose illnesses, and provided a real life case that took doctors and nurses six days to diagnose, and only ended with the correct diagnosis because a nurse had seen the disease before. Based on symptoms input, Watson was able to correctly diagnose in minutes. The demonstration took place at IBM Watson's New York City, New York office on May 27, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Spear for The Washington Post via Getty Images.)

Mubadala and IBM formed a new company in which IBM of the minority shareholders,Mike Rhodin,senior group vice president of IBM Watson has said in an interview with Fortune magazine. IBM did not disclose financial terms of the agreement,and the name of the new company is still deciding on,Rhodin said.

The aim of the joint venture is,the use of Watson in the Middle East there are to spread,especially for new businesses and universities in order to use data crunching supercomputer services,Rhodin said.While IBM traditionally courted big business and big banks or telecommunications to be the customer,in this case makes sense for IBM to work with a local company as Mubadala,to attract smaller companies in the region as potential users Watson, he said.

IBM is no stranger to considering the Abu Dhabi Mubadala Investment Company has GlobalFoundries.IBM sold that business of making chips last part fall.As bring Middle East Mubadala Watson,IBM will host the supercomputer technology in the data center Injazat Data Systems,a subsidiary of Mubadala, Rhodin said.Since IBM needs to maintain property laws local data, the company had analysis service and servers to its cloud computing services (can take the company to access Watson) to install in the Middle East.

IBM hopes are now looking for Watson artificial intelligence service in the Middle East,the creation of local companies to consumer-oriented applications,such as the creation of the next Uber,they will use to build their products,Said.The company is also in health organizations Watson Middle East Bank.Cleveland Clinic,an American academic hospital,who has signed to use Watson for Genome Research,in collaboration with Mubadala to a hospital in Abu Dhabi to build a few years ago.

The Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic are all users of the Health Service of IBM Watson, who cut a version of the Watson service for health care in essence.Rodin medical problems, such as obesity and diabetes plaguing the Middle East,as they do in the US and Asia.He hopes that the companies and health researchers Middle East can Watson as the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic do currently,as a tool that can be accessed to assist in their health outcomes.But it will take some time,Watson,at least you can start the area.

Right now,IBM is on providing residents Arabs Watson may work better with the service works.And that’s a little more English than Arabic lessons Watson equivalents words.IBM Watson really teach grammar to understand the nuances of the culture, and manage how the spoken word,the shades of meaning, the Rhodin.Arabic is not the only language taught Watson.The supercomputer known,Brazilian Portuguese,Spanish and Japanese.To teach Watson different languages,it is more likely that IBM spread the technology throughout the world.The company has recently Watson in Japan using the Japanese telecommunications company Softbank.

Rhodin estimates that it will take roughly nine months to fully train Watson in Arabic,which is about the same time it takes to train Watson in other languages like Spanish and Japanese.In the meantime, however,there are a lot of companies that do a lot of business in English that can use Watson,said Rhodin.The move to spread Watson throughout the globe is just another way IBM is attempting to make Watson a big business. While IBM is clearly pushing Watson hard,it currently doesn’t generate as much cash when compared to the company’s other services.