High performance computing (HPC) and technical computing solutions

Powerful solutions for large data and compute-intensive applications

IBM Power™ Systems high performance computing and technical computing solutions deliver faster time to value with intuitive and powerful solutions. Configurable into highly scalable Linux® clusters, Power Systems offer extreme performance for demanding workloads such as genomics, finance, computational chemistry, oil and gas exploration, and high performance data analytics.

Hardware, solutions and ecosystem

  • Scale-out servers for Linux

    IBM Power S822L and IBM Power S824L are tuned for maximum performance, seamless scalability, and reliability. With the IBM POWER8™ processor featuring up to 12-cores, 8-threads per cores, and 192GB/sec of memory bandwidth, they are ideal platforms for large single jobs or as building blocks for HPC clusters or clouds.

  • Elastic Storage Server (ESS)

    IBM Elastic Storage Server is a modern implementation of software defined cluster storage, combining IBM Spectrum Scale™ software with POWER8™ servers and disk arrays. Deploy petascale-class, high-speed storage quickly with pre-assembled and optimized servers, storage and software.

  • OpenPOWER Foundation

    The OpenPOWER Foundation is a collaboration encouraging the adoption of an open server architecture for data centers. It has grown to more than 150 members across 22 countries. IBM’s POWER architecture is the cornerstone of innovation for OpenPOWER, creating a computing platform available to all.


IBM Platform Computing software

Provides comprehensive workload and resource management for technical computing, analytics, and big data environments. Platform Computing software can transform your Power infrastructure into a high performance, scale-out cluster or grid environment with up to 100 percent server utilization and greater throughput for reduced cost and faster time to results.

IBM Spectrum Scale Storage Software (formerly GPFS)

Spectrum Scale is full-featured, software-defined storage with management tools that deliver high storage throughput, the performance to effectively manage very large quantities of files, integrated high availability, and automated tiered storage.

Extreme Cloud Administraton Toolkit (xCAT)

An open source scalable distributed computing management and provisioning tool that provides a unified interface for hardware control, discovery, and operating system deployment.

IBM XL C/C++, XL Fortran Compilers

IBM XL compilers deliver stellar performance on Power Systems platforms through advanced optimization capabilities and POWER8 processor exploitation. XL C/C++ for Linux on Power (LE) provides full C++11 and OpenMP 3.1 support so you can easily migrate applications from other platforms. XL Fortran provides partial F2008 and full OpenMP 3.1 support for parallel Fortran programming.

Parallel Environment (PE)

A comprehensive development and execution environment for parallel applications (distributed-memory, message-passing applications running across multiple nodes). Helps engineers develop, test, debug, tune and run high-performance parallel applications in C, C++ and Fortran on IBM Power Systems.

Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (ESSL) and Parallel ESSL

Collections of state-of-the-art mathematical subroutines specifically designed to improve the performance of serial, SMP and SPMD applications on the IBM POWER™ processor-based systems.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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