IBM + Kinetica

IBM Power Architecture with NVLink provides the most advanced platform for Kinetica’s high performance analytics.

IBM’s Power architecture with the new NVLink interface provides the most advanced and most affordable platform for high performance analytics with Kinetica today. The new NVLink interconnects seen in IBM’s S822LC ‘Minsky’ machines open a much wider path between the CPU and GPU, enabling Kinetica to take full advantage of system memory.

Data analytics applications powered by Kinetica, have often been limited by the bandwidth of the PCI Express interface that connects CPUs and GPUs in today’s servers. Even at the fastest PCIe 3.0 speeds, the bandwidth provided over this link pales in comparison to the bandwidth available between the CPU and its system memory. In a multi-GPU system, the problem is compounded with the limited PCIe bandwidth being shared between the GPUs. The resource contention gets even worse when peer-to-peer GPU traffic is factored in.

For Kinetica, which is designed to take full advantage of system memory, swift movement of data between CPU and GPU is absolutely critical to getting the best performance for analytics on large datasets.

NVLink with Kinetica

NVLink is a new interconnect that opens up this bottleneck and provides a 2.5x speed boost to communication between a CPU and graphics processor. With NVLink, it is possible to use the full potential of GPU accelerators for analytics at larger scale. Kinetica is able to perform simple database operations on the CPU, but “sorting” algorithms can be offloaded to the GPU accelerator. With larger datasets GPU processing is no longer limited to the rate at which data can be moved from system memory.

Recommended Hardware for use with Kinetica

GOLD CONFIGURATION
CPU Cores 2x 10 core POWER8 with NVLink CPUs, 2.86GHz S822LC ServersMinsky Server
RAM 1 TB Memory
SSDs / Flash Disk 2 x 1TB SSD (for OS and local storage), 3.2 TB NVMe
GPUs Bidirectional, point to point between GPU-CPU and GPU-GPU
GPU Cores 3584 per GPU
GPU VRAM 16 GB per GPU

 

SILVER CONFIGURATION
CPU Cores 2x 8 core POWER8 with NVLink CPUs, 3.2GHz S822LC ServersMinsky Server
RAM 1 TB Memory
SSDs / Flash Disk 2 x 1TB SSD (for OS and local storage), 3.2 TB NVMe
GPUs Bidirectional, point to point between GPU-CPU and GPU-GPU
GPU Cores 3584 per GPU
GPU VRAM 16 GB per GPU

Solve Precision Marketing with IBM & Kinetica

See how you can meet demand spikes in real time, and convert billions of impressions to millions of dollars. Out think out of stock with Kinetica on IBM’s OpenPOWER LC servers–the accelerated platform of choice leveraging NVIDIA NVlink technology. This is your solution to precision marketing.

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Out think the status quo. Be able to better understand your customers and your business by querying massive datasets in seconds vs. hours to help you become a real-time retail enterprise.

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