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FlexAI Machine Learning Cluster

Future Proof Compute and Storage AI Appliance Uniquely Scales GPU and Storage Independently

FlexAI Cluster, Built for Maximum AI Throughput

POWER9 AC922, The Best Server for AI

  • 4 or 6 NVIDIA V100 GPUs with NVLink
  • 4x more threads per core than x86
  • Over 5x I/O bandwidth than x86
  • 2.6x more RAM than x86
  • PCI gen 4 supports 200Gb Infiniband
  • Integrated NVMe data accelerator

ExtremeStor with IBM Spectrum Scale ECE Keeps GPU’s Fed

  • Parallel access for performance
  • Access the same data from all nodes
  • Superior Performance using all NVMe
  • Large file throughput, small file IOPS
  • Tier to Object Storage seamlessly


  • Variable compute/storage configuration
  • Limitless scalability
  • Building block design
  • Designed for ease of use
  • Simple deployment

IBM Watson Machine Learning Accelerator for Enterprise AI

  • Enables rapid deep learning deployment
  • Delivers faster insights at scale
  • Supports larger, more accurate models
  • Incorporates most popular frameworks

AI Technology and Open-Source Frameworks

  • Pytorch
  • TensorFlow
  • Caffe
  • Snap ML
  • Chainer

Hardware and Software Fully Integrated

FlexAI software is preloaded and hardware is fully rack integrated at Applied Data Systems factory before shipment

FlexAI is a Compute and Bandwidth Beast, Built for Maximum AI Throughput

FlexAI delivers unprecedented performance for artificial intelligence (AI), delivering cutting-edge AI innovation with the dependability IT requires. FlexAI is built on IBM AC922 and LC922 NVIDIA GPU accelerated servers installed with the IBM Watson Machine Learning Accelerator software stack. FlexAI utilizes NVMe flash storage and a high-speed parallel file system with high speed networking configured to match the performance of multiple high-bandwidth GPU accelerated servers.

FlexAI Powered with ExtremeStor Ultra High-Performance Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale ECE

FlexAI is Fed by IBM Spectrum Scale V5: New Levels of Storage Performance

Substantial improvements in I/O performance

  • Significantly reduced inter-node software path latency to support the newest low-latency, high-bandwidth NVMe technology
  • Improved performance for many small and large block size workloads simultaneously from new 4 MB default block size with variable sub-block size
  • Improved metadata operation performance to a single directory from multiple nodes

IBM Watson Machine Learning Accelerator for Enterprise AI

FlexAI can be configured with IBM Watson Machine Learning Accelerator software (WMLA) , making deep learning and machine learning more accessible to your staff, and the benefits of AI more obtainable for your business. It combines popular open source deep learning frameworks, efficient AI development tools, and accelerated IBM® Power Systems servers. IBM WMLA Enterprise is a complete environment for data science as a service, enabling your organization to bring new applied AI applications into production.

IBM Spectrum Discover

Metadata Management for FlexAI 

IBM Spectrum Discover is modern metadata management software that provides data insight for exabyte-scale unstructured storage. IBM Spectrum Discover indexes metadata for billions of files. This metadata enables data scientists, storage administrators, and data stewards to efficiently manage, classify and gain insights from massive amounts of unstructured data. The insights gained accelerate large-scale analytics, improve storage economics, and help with risk mitigation to create competitive advantage and speed critical research.

• Event notifications and policy-based workflows
• Fine-grained views of storage consumption
• Fast, efficient search through petabytes of data
• Quickly differentiate mission-critical business data
• Policy-based custom tagging
• Extensible via Software Developers Kit (SDK)

POWER9 AC922 GPU Accelerated Server, Built for the Biggest AI Challenges

FlexAI is powered by the IBM Power System Accelerated Compute Server (AC922) that delivers unprecedented performance for artificial intelligence (AI). Organizations can now deploy data-intensive, deep learning frameworks with confidence. AC922 enables the cutting-edge AI innovation data scientists desire, with the dependability IT requires.

We’d love to work on your project. We do extensive analysis of your existing and future needs, deliver a comprehensive solution architecture on a validated hardware and software build that ships fully integrated. Contact us for an expert FlexAI consultation today!

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