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IBM Adds nVidia GPUs to iDataPlex Servers

Despite the earnest pitches from nVidia and AMD's ATI, mainstream vendors have been reluctant to include graphical processors in their high-end servers.

But one those vendors has seen its luck turn. IBM has announced plans to include nVidia's Tesla processors in its System x iDataPlex compute-intensive servers.

Will Big Blue's deal with nVidia open the floodgates for more vendors to include GPUs in their compute-intensive servers? Server Watch takes a look.


nVidia and ATI, the graphics arm of AMD, have been promoting their graphics processors as viable alternatives for compute-intensive tasks for some time, but so far, mainstream server vendors have been slow to bite. Until now.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it would include Tesla processors from nVidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) in its System x iDataPlex scale-out servers. The new servers are aimed at organizations that need to run tasks with massive amounts of mathematical computation, and while GPUs -- short for graphics processing units -- have been generally used to render advanced 2D and 3D graphics, at their heart, they're essentially floating point processors with hundreds of cores interconnected to do math computation.

Read the full story at Server Watch:
IBM Adds Nvidia GPUs to High-Performance Servers