NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) has partnered up with International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) to create two supercomputing innovation centers.
The partnership between the two firms marks one of the major corporate partnerships oriented towards advancing technology to new heights. The new centers will be established Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. They will be a significant addition to towards advanced technology research. The two tech firms announced the plans at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.
It is one of the major progressive plans that have cropped out of the OpenPower group where IBM and NVidia are members. For almost two years, the group has been working hand in hand with IBM towards the development of supercomputing chips and powerful systems. Many of the groups affiliated with the project expect their joint efforts to solidify scientific research as well as making a significant impact on national security.
Last week, IBM unveiled a new design and power acceleration center located in Montpellier, France. Its main goal is to optimize big data as well as fostering high-performance computing applications. Another reveal that the company made is an OpenPower-based cloud called the SuperVessel.
The supercomputers from the new initiative will be used to carry out scientific research in areas such as astrophysics, medicine, biophysics, energy, cosmology, and climate research. They will also handle other sensitive areas such as national nuclear security. One of the key developmental points to note is that the supercomputers will be designed to offer high performance at low energy consumption rates and costs.
The supercomputers will incorporate NVidia Tegra graphics processing units and IMB power processors. The Nvidia NVLink high-speed processor interconnects will also be part of the high-tech mix to bring the overall performance of the machines to a high standard. The two firms hope to leverage this heavy computing capacity to make a momentous impact in the tech field.