IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 provides enterprise-class software solution for building end-to-end deep learning environment on IBM Power Systems servers

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP18-0044
March 6, 2018

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberAP distributionAP distribution
PublicationsPublications


At a glance

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IBM Spectrum™ Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems™, V1.1 is designed to provide an end-to-end deep learning platform for data scientists. It offers many optimizations that can help ease installation and management, and can help accelerate performance:

  • A distributed deep learning architecture
  • Elastic, fine grain resource allocation for deep learning workloads
  • Tool enhancements for data ingest, preparation, and transformation, leveraging Spark for data management
  • Training visualization and runtime monitoring of accuracy
  • Hyper-parameter search and optimization
  • Integrated inference service to deploy models in production
  • Multitenant architecture that is designed to run deep learning, high-performance analytics, and other long-running services and frameworks, on shared resources


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Overview

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IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 provides robust end-to-end workflow support for deep learning application logic. This includes the complete lifecycle management from installation and configuration, data ingest and preparation, building, optimizing, and training the model, to inference, testing, and moving the model into production. Taking advantage of a distributed architecture, IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems enables your teams to quickly iterate through the training cycle on more data to continuously improve the model over time.

IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 is a single product offering that is the combination of IBM Spectrum Conductor™ plus the IBM Spectrum Conductor Deep Learning Impact add-on module. This single offering enables the IBM® Power Systems server architecture as part of a complete IBM end-to-end solution for deep learning. IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems offers a highly available and resilient multitenant distributed framework, providing Apache Spark and deep learning application lifecycle support, centralized management and monitoring, end-to-end security, and support from IBM.

It is supported with IBM Power Systems servers with NVLink CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs and requires IBM PowerAI as a prerequisite for Power Systems deployments. PowerAI makes deep learning, machine learning, and AI more accessible, improving performance. By combining this software platform for deep learning with IBM Power Systems, enterprises can rapidly deploy a fully optimized and supported platform for machine learning with elevated performance.



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Key prerequisites

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  • IBM Power® System S822LC for HPC
  • IBM PowerAI base package
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 7.4


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Planned availability date

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March 9, 2018: Electronic download only



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Description

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Import, prepare, and transform data faster

Most of a data scientist's time is spent importing, transforming, and preparing data for training. IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems is designed to reduce that time with a rich toolset, automation, and workflow, enabling the data scientist to spend more time training and optimizing their models. A distributed Spark implementation can reduce the amount of compute time needed to import and execute transformations by running multiple parallel import and transformation tasks simultaneously.

Automation to help with optimization and training

There is a scarcity of skills for model optimization. Even when the skills are present, the many possible optimizations can make choosing the best optimization a daunting task. IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems provides the following optimizations:

  • Hyper-parameter search and optimization that uses multiple iterations and parallel processes that run on a distributed Spark architecture help you to find a better model and hyper-parameters for improved accuracy.
  • Training visualization and run time monitoring provides visualization of the training accuracy while in midprocess. This offers data scientists the capability to interact with the model and judge accuracy during execution. If for example, the accuracy levels are clearly low after a short period of execution time, the modeling can be stopped, adjusted, and then restarted. This saves a tremendous amount of wasted time, where users are stuck waiting for models to completely finish, before having any insight into their accuracy and usability.

Dramatically reduce training times

Model optimization and training is compute heavy and very iterative. IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems can dramatically reduce the time needed to train models, enabling you to go into production faster or train using larger data sets with the following features:

  • Software and frameworks that are optimized to take full advantage of IBM Power Systems servers with NVLink CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. Benchmarks have seen 50x improvements, cutting training times down from days to hours.
  • Distributed training enables jobs to be broken down and distributed over a cluster of servers so they can be processed in parallel.
  • Elastic resource management makes it possible for compute resources to be automatically added to a training job as the demand increases and then removed as the workload slows.

Deploy, infer, score, capture organizational value, and reiterate

After training is completed, IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems provides tools to help package and deploy models for testing and then into production. The models can run in the distributed Spark environment in parallel with other deep learning projects or can be deployed as an API or into any target device. To ensure the model remains up to date and gets smarter as additional data is collected, additional iterations are taken through the deep learning workflow supported by IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems. The more times you iterate, the more times you capture new data, the more powerful your model becomes. Faster iterations mean higher-fidelity, higher-quality models.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details about accessibility compliance, can be found on the Product accessibility information website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-DLI 1.1.0 IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems

Product identification number

Program number Maintenance 1 year PID number Maintenance 3 year PID number
5765-DLI 5660-DLI 5662-DLI
  5661-DLI 5663-DLI
    5664-DLI


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Publications

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The following documentation is available in IBM Knowledge Center:

  • IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems documentation:
    • Release Notes for V1.1
    • Install Guide for V1.1

IBM Knowledge Center is a worldwide central repository of IBM technical publications hosted in a single application, located at a single web address. You can find and navigate technical content more efficiently and easily with improved search, filtering, and user experience.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 is supported on IBM Power System S822LC for HPC (8335-GTB) servers.

Software requirements

IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 is supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 operating system.

PowerAI base package is required for IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems.

IBM Electronic Support

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You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

Planning information

Packaging

IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1 is distributed through electronic download from the My Entitled System Support site. Included are:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement in multiple languages
  • Required installation files

No physical media is available.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems uses the security and auditability features of the system on which the program is installed.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Ordering information

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Program: IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems (5765-DLI)

Program number Feature description Feature number
5765-DLI Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems Use-Based License w/1 Year SW Maintenance Per Socket C2PV

Note: A GPU (graphics processing unit) is also considered a socket for the purpose of ordering this Program.

This software license includes one year of Software Maintenance. Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after-license feature number.


Software license includes 1-year Software Maintenance

5765-DLI - IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems

5660-DLI Software Maintenance no charge 1 year registration + 1 year renewal

Feature description Feature number
Maintenance Basic NoCharge Registration Per Socket Qty 1 2270
Maintenance Basic 1 Year Renewal Per Socket Qty 1 2269

5661-DLI Software Maintenance 1 year After License

Feature description Feature number
Maintenance Basic 1 Year After License Per Socket Qty 1 0925

5662-DLI Software Maintenance 3 year registration (2 year uplift)

Feature description Feature number
Maintenance Basic 3 Year Registration Per Socket Qty 1 1424

5663-DLI - Software Maintenance 3 year Renewal

Feature description Feature number
Maintenance Basic 3 Year Renewal Per Socket Qty 1 0411

5664-DLI - Software Maintenance 3 year After License

Feature description Feature number
Maintenance Basic 3 Year After License Per Socket Qty 1 A2GB

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge metric
IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems 5765-DLI Socket

A GPU (graphics processing unit) is also considered a socket for the purpose of ordering this Program.

Socket

Socket is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Socket is electronic circuitry that accepts a processor chip. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. A virtual server is either a virtual computer created by partitioning the resources available to a physical server or the unpartitioned physical server. Licensee must obtain entitlements for each Socket on the virtual servers made available to the Program.

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution, electronic and preload. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under those orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P and feature 2335.

Program number Program/Function name Supply Feature number
5692-A6P IBM Spectrum Deep Learning Impact for Power Systems, V1.1.0 2335


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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.

This program is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

L-TKAO-AU2SC3

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information about known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

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This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information about the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, go to the IBM Support Handbooks page.

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

15% to qualified educational institution customers.

Multi-Version Measurement

Multi-Version Measurement (MVM) replaces the previously announced Migration Grace Period time limit of six months and allows unlimited time for clients to run more than one eligible version of a software program. Clients may run multiple versions of a program simultaneously for an unlimited duration during a program version upgrade. Clients may also choose to run multiple versions of a program simultaneously for an unlimited duration in a production environment. MVM does not extend support dates for programs withdrawn from service.

For more information about MVM, including requirements for qualification, see the MVM web page. For a list of eligible programs, see the IPLA Execution-Based web page.



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Statement of good security practices

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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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IBM Electronic Services

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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent™ tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBMid entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBMid. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information about how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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Prices

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For local charges, contact your IBM Representative or IBM Business Partner.



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AP distribution

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Country/Region Announced
AP IOT
ASEAN * Yes
India/South Asia ** Yes
Australia Yes
Hong Kong Yes
Macao SAR of the PRC Yes
Mongolia Yes
New Zealand Yes
People's Republic of China Yes
South Korea Yes
Taiwan Yes
Japan IOT
Japan Yes

* Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

** Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

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