Whether the workload is on the premises or in the cloud, IT organizations must provide increased system performance as their workloads grow with demands for big data analysis, social media applications, continuous customer connectivity, and business-specific applications. Increases in processor performance alone cannot satisfy the workload demands. Therefore, solutions must also come from system-level advances such as heterogeneous computing, processing engine customization, and open platform development that enables cross-company innovation.
CAPI connects a custom acceleration engine to the coherent fabric of the POWER8 chip. The hybrid solution has a simple programming paradigm while delivering performance well beyond today’s I/O-attached acceleration engines.
With many accelerators now available, solution providers are using CAPI to improve performance versus existing solutions, to lower costs, and to create solutions that were previously beyond the reach of the compute complex.
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