IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
umm, IBM transformed from a HW company to a services company - hardware makes less than 40% of IBM's revenue...
I wonder how much of those 40% comes from renting typewriters to companies which just forgot to cancel their lease. Some say that some big companies have huge rooms in their basements filled with IBM typewriters, and that the people responsible for it will not react since that would mean acknowledging an error.
Actually, buying nVidia makes a great deal of sense. IBM could buy the company, take the GPGPU piece and spin the rest off to Lenovo. GPGPU fits well with IBM's hardware strategy: get the best of the best of the best and sell it with insane margins.
GPGPU is the new mainframe, and IBM needs to be the only credible player there. Besides, GRID + POWER* = nerdgasm.
*IBM POWER GRID?
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