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POWER8 for Big Data

June 24th, 2014

IBM recently began shipping their next generation Power Systems, POWER8.  These servers are available for license and are open for development through the OpenPOWER Foundation.

After 3 years, hundreds of patents, and $2.4 billion, IBM has proven their commitment to this product line and to the growing needs of their customers. POWER8 is designed specifically to handle the extreme data growth  and staggering new requirements burdening so many organizations today.  It has been said that the IBM Power Systems running BLU Acceleration on Power are capable of analyzing data 82 times faster than a comparably configured x86-based system. Recognizing that Linux is the driving force for innovation, three out of four of the new Power Systems servers shipping today can run various combinations of Linux, IBM AIX or IBM i operating systems. The fourth model, the Power S822L, runs Linux exclusively.

“Big Data workloads require systems that scale to manage massive amounts of data,” said Doug Balog, General Manager, Power Systems, IBM. “Clients are choosing to run Linux on Power Systems because they are seeking a higher value, open server solution to help them better handle and leverage growing volumes of data.”

With industry-leading server quality and utilization levels, the new Power Systems line-up redefines today’s data center economics – by helping to reduce floor space, power and cooling costs. IBM has designed these systems to operate at industry-leading levels of efficiency, guaranteeing the system will perform as warranted while at a sustained 65 percent utilization. With twice the data throughput compared to an x86-based server, the new Power Systems can help cut data center footprints in half.

To learn more, contact Flagship at or call (561) 208-FYI1 (3941).

Flagship Solutions Group is onsite today at the new Florida Polytechnic University, to welcome the heart of its datacenter, the high performance supercomputer.

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the Florida State University System, scheduled to open in August 2014.  The college is strategically located in Lakeland, FL, on the I-4 high-tech corridor and will focus on STEM programs, specifically technology and engineering.

As a trusted technology partner, Flagship designed a state of the art, real world, world-class, supercomputer showcase that provides the college with sufficient capacity to run HPC workloads of varying types, as well as providing experience using the VMware hypervisor.  The solution was chosen for maximum efficiency and ease of management for the staff and faculty, and is expected to attract the top educators to the new campus.  The VMware cluster will run separately from the HPC cluster to provide a more realistic environment, similar to what the students will find upon graduation, making the graduates more employable.

Supercomputer Solution Specs

HPC cluster IBM/Flagship
Number of compute nodes 48
Memory per compute node 64GB
Total memory compute cluster 3.072TB
Required number of compute nodes 24
Storage interconnect InfiniBand
Speed of storage interconnect 56Gb/sec
Speed of data interconnect 56Gb/sec
Latency Lowest
Scalability High
Management software included Platform HPC
Storage software included GPFS
Storage scalability PB
HPC storage controller cache 16GB
Initial raw capacity 144TB
Number of racks 5
VMware cluster
Separate VMware cluster Yes
Separate VMware storage Yes
Number VMware nodes 4
VMware raw storage capacity 24TB
SSD capacity for VMware Yes
Amount of raw SSD capacity in total raw storage 2.4TB
Automatic tiering Yes
Initial system setup IBM/Flagship
To learn more, contact Flagship at or call (561) 208-FYI1 (3941).
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