IBM Unveils AI Toolkit for ‘Minsky,’ Its Nvidia GPU Hard-wired Server

While IBM moves forward with efforts to render its high-speed OpenCAPI data bus an international standard, making way for new players and new designs for FPGA accelerators to enter the space, on Monday the company also placed a substantial bet on the class of accelerator made famous by the PCI bus: general-purpose GPUs.  IBM officially commenced a collaboration with GPU maker Nvidia to build a software library called PowerAI, designed specifically to leverage its new line of hard-wired, GPU-accelerated servers. One such server, whose existence was first disclosed last September, is a custom-built Power8 CPU-based server — built on its existing 822LC, and dubbed “Minsky” — whose CPU and GPU are hard-wired using Nvidia’s proprietary NVLink interconnect bus. “We actually created a new chip that we call the Power8 NVLink processor,”…


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