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IBM to Do Nvidia Fermi-filled BladeCenter Server

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Serious business for these GPUs.

Owners of the latest Nvidia graphics cards know that Fermi is pretty great at pushing pixels, but GPUs these days have some fairly strong industrial purposes too.

At the GPU Technology Conference last month, an Nvidia Fermi-based IBM server expansion blade was on display. It hasn't yet been formally announced, but it appears to be a single Fermi GPU (perhaps of Quadro variety) with 6GB of RAM that'll fit into a BladeCenter chassis of the E, H, and S varieties.

Check out more from the video below from Gabriel Consulting, along with the report on the Register.

IBM Making Fermi-filled Blade Server

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    nevertell , October 15, 2010 2:36 PM
    Nobody gives a damn if it was hot in a consumer based box, now it will sit still in an airconditioned room with the fans running on 100% and IT IS NOT GOING TO BOTHER ANYBODY.

    Except for the dudes with the bills to pay. It's going to bother them.
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    mavroxur , October 15, 2010 3:29 PM
    rohitbaranYeah, the air conditioning bills will just shoot up!


    And with a more dense, powerful computing solution in your data center, your server count could be decreased, so actually saving cost if you look at the bigger picture.
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    ceteras , October 15, 2010 3:04 PM
    I'm impressed. I call these avant-garde computing solutions, using the latest technology in a flexible way.
    I wouldn't be concerned with heat, the blades have a proper heatsink, and in the future this could be upgraded to cooler versions of GPU's.
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    rhodesar , October 15, 2010 2:23 PM
    This is interesting, however I would like to know more about the performance expectations in relation to non-GPU based predecessors.
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    nevertell , October 15, 2010 2:36 PM
    Nobody gives a damn if it was hot in a consumer based box, now it will sit still in an airconditioned room with the fans running on 100% and IT IS NOT GOING TO BOTHER ANYBODY.

    Except for the dudes with the bills to pay. It's going to bother them.
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    Marco925 , October 15, 2010 2:54 PM
    The Name when it's released, The OVEN!
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    ares1214 , October 15, 2010 3:04 PM
    I understand why Nvidia for a server like project. I just hope they have a fire extinguisher near by!
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    ceteras , October 15, 2010 3:04 PM
    I'm impressed. I call these avant-garde computing solutions, using the latest technology in a flexible way.
    I wouldn't be concerned with heat, the blades have a proper heatsink, and in the future this could be upgraded to cooler versions of GPU's.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2010 3:22 PM
    if they can make it cheap enough then this could be a killer, Nvidia's Tesla systems have proven the computational power of these things when deployed correctly, it perfect for the form and functionality of a blade center. If the could price it right Intel and AMD could be in for a fight (still can't eliminate them though, these are computational add ons, still need a few proper CPU to run the show)
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    rohitbaran , October 15, 2010 3:23 PM
    Yeah, the air conditioning bills will just shoot up!
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    tommysch , October 15, 2010 3:28 PM
    I dont see why you are all whining about it being hot... Heat = power. Im all for efficiency but its not a reason not to push the TDP as far as you can. I wouldnt mind having a 500++ Watt card or CPU if its still efficient.

    My liquid cooled Q6600 produce more heat than a Fermi card, its running at 3.6GHz @ 1.45V @ 50°C under load with 3x 120mm radiator flowing at around 400 L/hr.
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    mavroxur , October 15, 2010 3:29 PM
    rohitbaranYeah, the air conditioning bills will just shoot up!


    And with a more dense, powerful computing solution in your data center, your server count could be decreased, so actually saving cost if you look at the bigger picture.
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    cinergy , October 15, 2010 3:43 PM
    IBM is going into the dark side.
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    mlopinto2k1 , October 15, 2010 4:05 PM
    Finally, a company with common sense.
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    IncinX , October 15, 2010 4:14 PM
    nevertellNobody gives a damn if it was hot in a consumer based box, now it will sit still in an airconditioned room with the fans running on 100% and IT IS NOT GOING TO BOTHER ANYBODY. Except for the dudes with the bills to pay. It's going to bother them.


    But they can save money on heating the room. Oh wait...
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    gmarsack , October 15, 2010 4:46 PM
    NVIDIA, preventing the ice-age one Fermi at a time.
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    pocketdrummer , October 15, 2010 4:52 PM
    TommySchI dont see why you are all whining about it being hot... Heat = power. Im all for efficiency but its not a reason not to push the TDP as far as you can. I wouldnt mind having a 500++ Watt card or CPU if its still efficient.My liquid cooled Q6600 produce more heat than a Fermi card, its running at 3.6GHz @ 1.45V @ 50°C under load with 3x 120mm radiator flowing at around 400 L/hr.


    Some of us are energy conservative. I'd rather have a low watt, cooler, quieter card than one that screams over what I'm playing. You shouldn't NEED to run a complex water cooling system unless you're overclocking. Even then, I have this i7-920 overclocked to 3.6Ghz at 1.175v on air (gotta love the D0 stepping).

    Besides, what about the other 80% of the time you're using your computer? Why does it need to be so loud running windows' GUI?
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    kelemvor4 , October 15, 2010 4:53 PM
    Good that a big name company is doing this, but companies like T-Platforms manufacture blade servers with Two of these GPU's and two xeon CPU's per blade already providing far more dense and far more flexible HPC solution.

    There's a lot to be said for support from a company like IBM; on the other hand the other solutions are head and shoulders more powerful and dense. IMO, ibm needs to step up their HPC offering here.
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    megamanx00 , October 15, 2010 5:13 PM
    Nifty, but I don't know about the performance per watt there.
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