IBM Cloud to offer Nvidia Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators

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IBM has announced that it is now offering Nvidia Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. Following the move, IBM Cloud will bring high-speed performance to the SoftLayer cloud infrastructure, enabling companies to build supercomputing clusters without having to expand their existing technology infrastructure.

In addition to bringing SoftLayer supercomputing capabilities to the enterprise, this new cloud GPU capability is especially important for start-ups and research facilities, which typically start small, using only a few machines and GPU accelerators for testing and development workloads. With the Tesla K80 PGU accelerators, IBM Cloud provides a scalable supercomputing option that supports discovery and insight for customers in a range of industries, including genomics, data analysis, machine learning and deep learning.

IBM Cloud is already the only cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider to offer GPU-accelerated computing on bare metal servers. And it is now the only IaaS provider to offer customers Tesla K80 GPU accelerators in the cloud. By providing such capabilities in the cloud, IBM gives companies of all sizes easier and more affordable access to supercomputing resources.

Customers such as New York University (NYU) and Artomatix have coupled IBM Cloud with the Tesla K80’s dual-GPU architecture, which includes a large memory that provides more teraflops of double-precision computing performance and gigabytes of memory in a single server to accelerate compute-intensive workloads. According to IBM, this delivers performance 10 times higher than the current fastest CPUs.

The Tesla K80 GPU accelerator joins IBM Cloud’s other Nvidia GPU offerings, which include the Nvidia Grid K2 and Tesla K10 GPUs.