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Power Systems Projects in Research

Lightning talk from the OpenStack NYC meetup on October 8, 2014.

By Paul Crumley

This talk provides an overview of activities in IBM Research to allow IBM Power Systems resources to be consumed using OpenStack tooling and APIs.

The content of this talk is a statement from the IBM Research division, not IBM product divisions, and is not a statement from IBM regarding its plans, directions or product intents. Any activities described by this talk are subject to change.

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Power Systems Projects in Research

  1. 1. Power Systems Projects in Research NYC & Philadelphia OpenStack Meetups October 2014 © 2014 IBM Corporation
  2. 2. Please Note! IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion.! ! Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. ! ! The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.! ! Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard IBM benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.! © 2014 IBM Corporation
  3. 3. Where Power Systems Can Provide Superior Value! Analytics and Cognitive Services: (exploiting memory BW and large memory capacity)! Faster answers to questions! Scale Up Services! We see services that fit on a single large machine can “dramatically” benefit from many processors with large memory bandwidth! Our work is to make Power Systems the platform for such services! Containers: (using special HW built for safe virtualization)! More efficient packing! Better isolation for security & performance! More predictable performance! ! © 2014 IBM Corporation 3 …. For parallel applica-ons that fit within a single large SMP the efficient communica-on can translate into drama-c performance gains. However, WSCs workloads are unlikely to fit within an SMP, .... “The Datacenter as a Computer”, Barroso, Clidaras, Hölzle, Google
  4. 4. Two High-Level Goals! POWER is Easy / Same To Consume:! End Users! BlueMix, OpenStack, others! Developers! Tooling (apt-get, PIP, gcc, …)! Continuous Integration & build systems! Service Providers! Conform to popular APIs and form factors! POWER provides a Better Experience:! End Users! Applications run better on POWER! Services run better on POWER (e.g. Hadoop, Analytics, “home run plays”! Developers! High performance building blocks! Portable libraries enhanced capabilities! Service providers! Better container packing on POWER! Predictable multi-tenant performance! © 2014 IBM Corporation 4 Consump-on Mechanisms (e.g. BlueMix Integra-on, OpenStack Cloud as a Service) Infrastructure Capabili-es (e.g. Docker Support) Infrastructure Capabili-es (e.g. Containers) Applica-on Services (e.g. Analy-cs Libraries) Performance Capabili-es (e.g. TM, CAPI) Ecosystem Founda-on Linux, compilers, development tools, building blocks (e.g. sort, storage)
  5. 5. Quick Demo If Possible! © 2014 IBM Corporation 5
  6. 6. Soliciting Feedback and Participation! Your thoughts on Power Systems and the projects described above?! Do you have a workload which Power System could support better than what you have?! Are we missing any key roles?! ! Are there ways we could be more helpful?! Do you use Open Source packages?! Are you comfortable with research projects?! ! Are you interested in exploring these areas together?! Let’s talk!! ! ! Thank you for your time and comments! ! ! © 2014 IBM Corporation 6