Unigroup's May 2018 Meeting Announcements


IBM Power9 AIX+Linux+OpenPOWER Update and Trends

Ajit Gangaram, Client Technical Architect,
IBM Cognitive Systems

Thursday, 17-MAY-2018      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 502    (*** New Building: 5th Floor ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Unigroup's May 2018 meeting will be on the new IBM Power 9 CPU and its Systems Architecture, Operating Systems on Power (AIX+Linux), the OpenPOWER initiative, and interesting Cognitive/AI workload use cases.

Unigroup is pleased to welcome back our speaker, Ajit Gangaram from IBM, who had co-presented the IBM Power 8 Architecture to Unigroup back in June 2014.


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
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Topic: IBM Power9 AIX+Linux+OpenPOWER Update and Trends

Related Topics/Keywords:

IBM Power, CPU Architecture, Memory Architecture, I/O, PCIe Bus, OpenCAPI, OpenPOWER, Low Latency, AIX, Linux, Cloud, Operating Systems, Cognitive Systems, AI.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

2018 will be the year that AI moves from hype to reality. In this session, we explore how the death of Moore's Law and has presented challenges in addressing compute requirements for new and emerging workloads such as machine/deep learning (ML/DL), Open Source Databases, etc. This presentation will be on the Power Processor, System Architecture, Workload Accelerators - PCIe Gen4, OpenCAPI and how IBM is collaborating with the Open source community to bring innovation into systems. From a software perspective this session will cover Cloud enablement on Power, What's new in AIX, Linux on Power, Artificial Intelligence tools and enablement on Power and if time permits we can talk about some interesting use cases that customers are working on.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

   IBM Power9 Processor

   IBM Power9 Servers

   IBM Cloud Private

   OpenCAPI - Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface

   OpenPOWER - Power Architecture Opened

   IBM Power CPU Family Meltdown/Spectre Information


Ajit Gangaram is a Technical Specialist for IBM Power Systems. In his role he drives solutions on Power Systems by articulating the value of Power Systems and differentiating it from the competition. Ajit's focus area includes Power Processor and Systems Architecture, IO Accelerators, Unix and Linux Operating Systems. Ajit's expertise is both in AIX for Enterprise solutions and Cognitive Systems which is scale out systems running Linux for new open source workloads - open source databases, Artificial Intelligence - Machine and Deep learning, Analytics solutions with Hortonworks, Spark and Industry solutions. Ajit is a mentor for new hires at IBM and also has run training programs for technical sellers in Solution Selling and Architectural Thinking.


IBM or "Big Blue" is a technology company and has several Business Units... Cognitive and Cloud Solutions, Global Business Services Technology Services, Systems Group and Global Financing. IBM is an "Innovator" with innovations coming from IBM Research and other business units. IBM is know for "Watson" Cognitive Solutions and Cloud and is the leader in this space today.

For further information please visit: http://www.ibm.com


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Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

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Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


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