RM2970 POWER8 System/ NVIDIA Tesla P100 Accelerators with NVLink

Cirrascale RM2970 POWER8 P100 Rackmount Platform
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Cirrascale RM2970 POWER8 Rackmount

An ideal deep learning platform powered by 8 or 10 core IBM® POWER8 processors and up to 4 NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU Accelerators with NVIDIA NVLink™ technology.

Product Features and Benefits

  • POWER8 system perfect for deep learning applications.
  • Supports up to four NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 Accelerators with NVLink.
  • Supports up to 1TB of memory with up to 230GB/sec of memory bandwidth.
  • Supports dual POWER8 processor with 8/10 cores.

Cirrascale RM2970 POWER8 Rackmount Server Overview

The Cirrascale RM2970 POWER8®-based performance platform is a dual-socket POWER8 machine that has eight DDR4 memory risers, complete with the "Centaur" memory buffer chips from IBM that sport 16MB of L4 cache memory per card. The RM2970 platform supports up to 1TB of memory using 16GB memory sticks utilizing riser cards that support eight DIMMs. Additionally, the RM2970 platform supports 8 or 10 core POWER8 processors and provides the capability to support four NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU Accelerators with NVLink for those interested in multi-GPU capabilities.

The POWER8 is designed to be a massively multithreaded chip, with each of its cores capable of handling eight hardware threads simultaneously, for a total of up to 80 threads executed simultaneously on the 10-core POWER8 processor. The processor makes use of very large amounts of on- and off-chip eDRAM caches, and on-chip memory controllers enabling very high bandwidth to memory and system I/O. For most workloads, the chip is said to perform two to three times as fast as its predecessor (POWER7).

The Cirrascale RM2970 contains up to four NVIDIA Tesla P100 Accelerators, the world's most advanced datacenter accelerator ever built. Powered by four ground-breaking technologies with discontinuous jumps in performance, Tesla P100 enables lightning-fast nodes to deliver the highest absolute performance for HPC and deep learning workloads with infinite computing needs.

Additionally, the NVIDIA Tesla P100 utilizes NVIDIA NVLink™ technology. NVIDIA NVLink is a high-bandwidth, energy-efficient interconnect that enables ultra-fast communication between the CPU and GPU, and between GPUs. The technology allows data sharing at rates 5 to 12 times faster than the traditional PCIe Gen3 interconnect, resulting in dramatic speed-ups in application performance and creating a new breed of high-density, flexible servers for accelerated computing.

With the consistent advances in technology, Cirrascale engineering and development teams are constantly testing and deploying the latest technical specifications being offered by our technology partners. We make every effort to provide the below specifications error-free and up-to-date. However, we always encourage our customers to contact us to discuss Cirrascale's latest improvements to its products. This product's specifications are as follows:

RM2970 POWER8 Rackmount Server Specifications

  • Dual IBM® POWER8® 8-core / 10-core processors
  • 8 x memory DIMM risers supporting up to 128GB of memory per riser
  • Supports up to 1TB of total system memory
  • 2 x SATA III 6.0Gb/s HDDs
  • 2 x GbE LAN Ports (IPMI 2.0 Compliant w/ 1x Shared BMC NIC)
  • ASPEED chipset
Accelerator Support
  • Up to Four NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 Accelerators
Motherboard Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 Gen3.0 (CAPI Enabled)
  • 1 x PCIe x8 Gen3.0
Power Infrastructure
  • Redundant Hot-swap 1300W ATX power supplies x 2
Management and Monitoring
  • IPMI 2.0-compliant
Weight and Dimensions
  • Form Factor: 1U Rackmount
  • Height: 86mm (3.4 in.)
  • Width: 442.5mm (17.4 in.)
  • Depth: 780mm (30.1 in.)
Supported Operating Systems
  • RedHat 7.2 LE
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LE
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Product Literature

PDF Cirrascale RM2970 Product Data Sheet - 597kB

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Cirrascale's peer to peer technology allows us to unlock the true power of NVIDIA GPUs for scientific computation. This is the first platform of its kind and provides the unprecedented bandwidth needed to scale an individual molecular dynamics simulation with AMBER across all the GPUs within a node. This previously unattainable performance will have impact on many fields.
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